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#1 SAMRED

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 08:49 AM

I have a SATA 160GB harddisc and the BIOS-DEVICE of my computer can not read this HARDDISC ........ so , I can not install any operating system

I took it to one computer specialist person and he told me tht "this is happening because this HARD-DISC is infected by bad sectors and there is nothing we can do !" ........... a bit dramatic with a pathetic flevour (LOLZ) !

now ......... WAS HE RIGHT OR NOT ?!?!?!

IF NOT RIGHT ...... THEN WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE IT ALIVE ?!?!?!

[the hard-disc is empty ]



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#2 Dutch70

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:51 PM

You can try installing a Linux distro, Ubuntu imho is the best distro for new users, as it is easier to get support. You can also try the test on this page.
Click Here. It's the one pinned to the top, that says... "Which Distro Is Right For Me?"

I have been using Linux for nearly 3 years now & I really love it. Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS & Mandriva are are all very nice distro's that I use now.

I have (according to Ubuntu > Disk Utility) 9 bad sectors on my hard disk which = pre-fail. It will eventually fail, but it's been like that for several months that I know of.

Linux is not windows!!!
Give this a read... Click here

Good Luck!
Dave

Edited by Dutch70, 05 February 2011 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 05 February 2011 - 02:24 PM

If the BIOS doesnt see the drive it may well be bad.
Wouldnt hurt to reseat the cables on both ends though, just in case one might be a tad loose.

Check to see of the drive is still under warranty. Many are 3 years.
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 12:06 PM

Bad sectors...don't necessarily make a hard drive a catastrophe.

If you really want to test the functional status of a hard drive, you don't have to rely on anyone's opinion. You can download and run the appropriate diagnostic from the website of the hard drive manufacturer, following their instructions.

Bad Sectors On Hard Drives - http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1583&page=3

Free Hard Drive Testing Tools - Hard Drive Diagnostics - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/tophddiag.htm

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