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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:00 AM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:33 AM
If the hard drive is failing (has failed?), then that is a likely reason that you cannot start Windows. In such a case, depending on the extent of failure, running chkdsk may overcome the problem with Windows not starting, but there is also an element of risk when running chkdsk that doing so may corrupt (all) data on the hard drive. The first thing that you should do therefore, is to retrieve copies of all important personal files to an external hard drive. Do you have personal files that you need to recover?
When I can get it into set up and run the hard drive test it comes back "#1-07 Fail".
Edited by AustrAlien, 16 February 2012 - 06:47 AM.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:51 PM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:21 AM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 01:06 AM
Ah .... so that is where we have crossed paths! Am I a sucker for candy?
you have helped me in the past fix my sister's computer.
Puppy is one very convenient way. I see you mentioned Puppy in your first post, but I do not understand what you meant when you said: "It won't recognize Puppy Linux as an OS". Do you mean you have created a CD, but the system will not boot from the CD? Did you burn the Puppy .ISO image file to CD in the correct manner? (It is not like burning normal files to CD.) I suggest you test booting from the CD on another computer, if you think that it was burned correctly. Can you boot any computer from the Puppy CD?
I do have personal files I need to retrieve, but have no idea how to do it without Windows runnning
No it’s not Fedora, openSUSE, or even Ubuntu. It’s Linux Mint.
Edited by AustrAlien, 17 February 2012 - 01:13 AM.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 05:21 PM
Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:04 PM
Yes, that is quite likely. Hard drives are delicate when not in use, and even more delicate and very susceptible to physical shock when actually in use.
Yes, unfortunately, the hard drive was in use when the Laptop took the dive. So, it could actually be physically damaged?
Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:57 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:06 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 07:20 AM
I think you should simply replace it with a new one. They are one of the least reliable components, and these days are relatively cheap. However, I am not sure whether you can use any standard model/brand, or you need one specifically for the Dell machine.
My Dell CD/DVD Burner .......... Can I fix it or is it just an old deteriorated ejection system?
Posted 20 February 2012 - 03:38 PM
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