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#1 TripleDigitRide

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:07 PM

A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

Safe Mode won't even work.

I'm trying to find the cheapest way to replace the hard drive in an old Dell laptop. The laptop was purchased used, so we do not have any disks that may have allowed us to install the operating system onto a new hard drive.

My question is, can we possibly purchase a used hard drive that already has the operating system installed and be OK, or will we likely run into issues? Anything I may need to know before going this route?

If this is not an option, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


**Edit** The person who owns this laptop informed me that they purchased it new, but can't seem to locate any disks that may have come with the laptop.

Edited by TripleDigitRide, 23 September 2010 - 07:00 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:33 PM

You can clone the current hard drive contents...onto another, newer/larger drive...using the appropriate software.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:51 PM

To the powers that be:

What are the rules of discussing obtaining/downloading Windows disks/ISOs if one has a legit key? Verboten?

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 06:59 PM

You can clone the current hard drive contents...onto another, newer/larger drive...using the appropriate software.

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I'm not sure that is possible. A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

Safe Mode won't even work.

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Posted 23 September 2010 - 07:07 PM

A friend's hard drive in his laptop crashed, we bought a new drive since his was out of warranty, changed it out.
He needed to use the computer later that day for a wedding as a DJ, I took a generic windows xp home disk and installed using his numbers off the COA sticker on the bottom of the laptop. The drivers were the hardest part but we finally got all the right ones installed. We could have waited and ordered everything from the manufacturer.
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Posted 23 September 2010 - 08:49 PM

Unless you are talking about something other than XP....there's no such thing as a legal download, IMO.

If you mean downleading one of those cracked, probably malware-ridden versions of XP...I would not suggest that to someone I hated, let alone someone I am presuming to help.

A genuine MS CD...is a different animal...then the license comes into play.

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Edited by hamluis, 23 September 2010 - 08:49 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2010 - 01:48 AM

acquire a new hard drive and replace the old ones..

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 11:50 AM

I had the same exact problem and solved it by popping in my vista cd, getting to command prompt and running chkdsk. It repaired bad clusters, corrected errors, then rebooted and my computer ran fine.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:07 PM

So, basically, the only option they have is to buy a new hard drive and install a new copy of whatever operating system they choose?

I don't think they have any of the disks that may have come with the laptop when new. And as I mentioned before, safe mode (F8) does not work.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:31 PM

So, basically, the only option they have is to buy a new hard drive and install a new copy of whatever operating system they choose?

I don't think they have any of the disks that may have come with the laptop when new. And as I mentioned before, safe mode (F8) does not work.

hi ,usually there is a sticker on the bottom of laptops with the windows version and key on it ,if it there then all you need is a new harddrive and a windows cd ,[borrowed from a friend is ok ,must be same version]same version as whats on the sticker

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 05:44 PM

A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart

Safe Mode won't even work.

I'm trying to find the cheapest way to replace the hard drive in an old Dell laptop. The laptop was purchased used, so we do not have any disks that may have allowed us to install the operating system onto a new hard drive.

My question is, can we possibly purchase a used hard drive that already has the operating system installed and be OK, or will we likely run into issues? Anything I may need to know before going this route?

If this is not an option, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


**Edit** The person who owns this laptop informed me that they purchased it new, but can't seem to locate any disks that may have come with the laptop.


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