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Installing new hard drive


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#1 t-burg

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 07:45 AM

I believe my hard drive has gone out. I've pulled it to get info from it and need to know what I need to do from here. What got me to this point? When I would try to boot it would rather quickly get to one of the black-with-white-lettering screens and say 'disk read error - press cntrl alt delete to restart'. I tryed that quite a few times and it went right back to same. I also tried 'f8' to get to safe mode...no go. So, would appreciate info on replacing the hdd. The bad hdd I have in-hand is: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 320 GB, Sata, p/n: 9BJ13G-506 ST3320820AS - Firmware -3.AAD. My computer is a Gateway GT5620 Desktop, Vista Home Premium, Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140, 2GB DDR2 Dual Channel memory. I have my vista cd that came new with the system a couple years ago. I have most of my personal stuff backed up on a thumb drive. I now need to know which drive(s) are good for a replacement, the process of installing and being able to at least get online in case I need any drivers, etc. during my device reinstalls. I had used up about 5/8ths of the space on that drive, go a bit bigger? does the vista cd have the initial system drivers I'll need...or...? A walk-thru will be very much appreciated. Thanks and please let me know what other info you may need.

Edited by hamluis, 17 April 2011 - 01:08 PM.
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Posted 14 April 2011 - 08:19 AM

Download this and burn it as a bootable cd rom using imgburn.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 01:21 PM

The link provided is a test for determining the functionality of your current hard drive. If a long and a short test are offered (once you start the diagnostic), please run the long test.

Your Gateway Support page, http://support.gateway.com/us/en/s/PC/R/1014729R/1014729Rnv.shtml .

Gateway System Recovery

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Edited by hamluis, 14 April 2011 - 01:28 PM.


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Posted 14 April 2011 - 03:49 PM

I would recommend Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb Hard drive. I find WD to be the most reliable, and since the price difference is minimal i would just go with a 500gb. Only $39.99 for 500gb. Any all you have to do is install from CD and restore any file from your external...Hope that helped!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073&cm_re=wd_caviar_blue_500gb-_-22-136-073-_-Product

Edited by TotalPCTechs, 14 April 2011 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2011 - 11:21 AM

Ok, I've downloaded and booted from the above suggested seatools for dos disk. It says both the long & short test passed...? BUT, a couple days ago, before this test was run up popped a warning about a 'rootkit'. Another bit of important info - before I posted this originally I had done a new 'clean' install of Vista which started my from scratch. As of right now I have closed this seatools program and it went to desktop. Now I have a warning 'windows detected a hard disk problem. Back up files and contact manufacturer...Start Back-up or Ask m later'. I'm frustrated. Easier to buy an hdd or can we dig around for this 'rootkit' issue? thanks...




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