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replacement hard drive question

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#1 dymndback


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Posted 02 June 2010 - 12:24 PM

My system was freezing after about 10 to 15 min. after it was powered up. A local computer place diagnosed the problem as the hard drive was failing. So now I'm having to replace my hard drive on a 14 month old Dell Studio 540s (warranty ran out @ 12 months) :thumbsup:. My question, is the failing hard drive salavgable to use as a slave drive if I reformat it or is it garbage?


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Posted 02 June 2010 - 12:56 PM

Welcome to Bleepingcomputer. :thumbsup:

If the computer place is correct and the hard drive is in fact failing, I would not attempt to put anything on this drive or use it at all.

You can run your own diagnostic disk utilities, some of which are listed in this Bleepingcomputer topic here. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

Pick the one related to your hard drive and it will most likely link you to the diagnostic utility you need for your specific hard drive.

If those fall upon a dead end, please check the drive its self for the name Seagate, Maxtor or Western Digital and post back who the drive was manufactured by and its model number and we will point you in the right direction.

Kind regards.

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