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#1 Cloud13

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 08:57 PM

Ok, so my last topic was about my failing laptop. After a friend of mine took a look at it, and after running almost all the CDs he could think of, we determined that it bit the dust.

So I'll need a new drive for that. The laptop is a 2004/2005 Sony Vaio, and the drive was a Hitachi Travelstar 60GB.

While trying to fix my lappie, it reminded me of an old desktop that suddenly croaked. So I pulled that out and took out the HD, sure enough, that was what was making the odd noise in it. Besides that, the computer seems fine, so I figure I can just get a new drive for it and use it for whatever.

It's a 200? Dell desktop, and the drive was a Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 160GB.

Also, besides drive replacements, if anyone has a suggestion on how to temporarily fix the drives to get any data off of, that would be cool. I also conveniently found someone whose Maxtor drive has the same sound:



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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:58 PM

If the HD has the dreaded "death click" , doesn't do anything but click when you try to start the computer there is no fixing it. :thumbsup:

About all you can do is replace the HD, reinstall Windows,etc. , & start fresh.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 07:55 AM

If the drive does not spin and cannot be detected in the BIOS...I suspect that it cannot be detected by recovery software that might be used to pull files off.

If the drive is functional...then any data files on the drive can be removed by simply attaching that drive to another system and moving the data...or attempting the use of recovery software to view/recover files which may otherwise be inaccessible.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 12:27 PM

Lol, I realized afterward that I never even asked the question I was planning to.

Because of the fact that these two drives seem to be dead, what are some good, quality drives that I can use to replace them with?

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:20 PM

"what are some good, quality drives that I can use to replace them with?"

Almost any good brand name HD will do.

As for recommendations, everybody is going to have their personal preference.
I like Seagate drives.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 04:39 PM

For lappys, Hitachi Travelstars are still my choice. I have had fewer failures with Hitachi 2.5" drives than other brands.

For desktop drives, take your pick. I have had good luck with all brands. As with any device, certain drives have their little faults (WD 320 gig and some Seagate 1gig drives). If it makes you comfortable, buy for warranty.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 05:32 PM

I will only add that any user needs to be sure that the right type (SATA, PATA) hard drive is acquired...based on system connections/capability.

The two types of drive are not interchangeable and manufacturers make both and vendors sell/advertise both types.

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