Hello. I have a Dell Vostro 1700 laptop running Windows XP Home that recently died. The first symptom was a whining coming the hard drive followed by a non-bootable disk error on reboot. I used a Bart's PE disk and was able to run chkdsk /r, after which I was able to access the drive and copy some essential files that weren't in the last backup to a USB hard drive. It now takes about 3 hours to boot and log on to the system. (I basically just turn it on while I am working on another machine and wait for it to log on.) I can do things on the system but there is a long delay (2-3 minutes) between a click and any indication that anything is happening. I also get low virtual memory errors occaisionally. I want to run PassMark's DiskCheckup on the drive, but who knows how long that will take to get up and running.
I bought a new WD drive for it, but haven't installed the new drive yet because I am wondering if I should replace the computer. I lost a hard drive on this machine about 2 years ago as well. I am not rough with the laptop at all; it just sits on my desk. I don't use it as a laptop at all because (1) the battery is dead and I haven't replaced it and (2) I bought it when I needed a laptop, but I no longer need a mobile computer. I am at a computer all day, so when I leave my office I want to leave the computer behind.
So I am wondering if it is worth replacing the drive on the Vostro again. The drive cost $50 and the new desktop I am looking at is $500 + monitor cost, so financially the drive is obviously better. However, I don't want to be right back where I am now in 2 years. I don't know what in the laptop could cause damage to the drive, but losing 2 drives in 2 years is a real pain. Could the dead battery on the laptop be causing surges or some other disturbance on the power lines in the machine? I would think if it was that type of problem the drive would die, not become marginally accessible.
Any thoughts or advice?
Edited by hamluis, 22 August 2013 - 10:05 AM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.