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#1 jtphenom


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:14 AM

Hi folks. I know there are probably old threads about this, but I don't really have the time to look for and through them at the moment. I hope that's alright. Could one of you nice folks please tell me if a 0142 code is possible to fix simply by re-imaging the drive, and/or if there is another way to fix the problem without sending back the drive to the manufacturer?

Thank you for your help!

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:36 AM

Please post the entire error message...as it appears onscreen.

System manufacturer and model?


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Posted 13 November 2010 - 11:43 AM

Although you did not post your computer's make or model number I have done some research and found your computer is most likely a Dell.

0142 is a sign your hard drive is about to fail, I would take it you already ran the Dell hard drive diagnostic utility. If I am incorrect, you should try running it.

If you have already ran the diagnostic utility, your only course of action at this point is to get a second hard drive ASAP.

You can either clone this hard drive to the new drive, by putting the second hard drive in as a slave drive.

You can find cloning software on the web or on store bought disks.

You should if anything start moving your files to another drive ASAP.

There is a possibility of creating another partition on your hard drive where disk damage has not already taken place. However I do not recommend this, because if the read/write heads are the cause or if the controller board on the hard drive is the cause, you will do all this work for nothing and you could lose the data on the drive completely.

So I at this point can not recommend for you to do anything other than cloning or a transfer to another reliable hard drive.

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#4 jtphenom

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:01 PM


Error Code 0142
Unit 0 - Drive Self Test failed
Status Byte 79

That's all I wrote down when this happened. I hope that's enough for you. :)

This is a Western Digital WD1600AAJS -- 160 GB

Thanks again!

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 12:04 PM

Bruce, you are correct that it is a Dell, and you are correct that I ran the Diagnostic utility. Thank you for your advice. I was thinking/hoping that maybe I could fix it all if I just re-imaged the machine, and I was not sure if a corrupted OS could throw this error even if the hardware itself was fine.

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