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XP failed because hard drive failed....


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#1 drg3824

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 12:59 PM

Xp would not start because my hard drive went south. At least that's what Dell says. They got into my system to take a look see, and the conversation lasted all but a few minutes. Apparently that was the problem the whole time and i didn't know it. I have a refurbished one on order and hopefully it will be here soon. Gonna do the surgery myself. It looks pretty easy. I think installing the new burner was a little more diffucult. I didn't want to spend a whole lot because i'm gonna get a new computer in February. Any advise would be appreciated.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 01:26 PM

Remember when installing the drive to unplug the computer and take out the battery if it is a laptop. Also avoid carpet or any static.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 03:48 PM

Thanks. I went thru all that when i did the burner thing. However, it might be a little cold to be doing this surgery in the garage, but i think i'm going to do it there anyway since that is where all my tools, work benches and stuff are. I used to being outside in the cold so it won't bother me. The only alternative is the dining room table that has carpeted floors, since i don't really wanna do it there, it's the work bench. Besides, it looks as if it won't take very long.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 10:52 PM

You are correct. On mine it is only two screws, if you can use a screw driver you can do it. Good luck and post back if you need more help.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 11:26 PM

I'm a little mixed up here. Your topic description mentions a hdd, but in your topic you mention a burner. Which is it?

What is the make and model of this computer?

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:06 PM

Read the post.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 09:11 PM

I wish you luck. The optical device that you referred to is a "plug and play" device, the hdd will at the very least need to be formatted, set a partition, install the operating system, install the drivers, and then update Windows.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 11:36 AM

Thanks. I don't care much about the computer in question, all i want is to keep it going til February when i can get a whole new system. I realize re installing everything is going to be a slight pain, but, oh well, i guess that's the price we pay.




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