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Desktop and Icons disappeared after HDD replacement.


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#1 HungryEyes

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 03:05 PM

Hey guys!

 

This is just a simple question.  It is simply fueled my curiousity.

 

I cleaned my Asus laptop today with some canned air.  I sprayed the CPU fan, the battery compartment, and I even removed my hard drive and cleaned it up a bit.

 

This was my first time actually removing the Seagate HD.  When I put the HD back, as well as everything else, I started up my computer.

 

To my surprise, my desktop background was gone, as well as my icons and taskbar.  They flickered for a few minutes until everything returned back to normal.

 

Can someone explain what exactly happened, and how removing and replacing my HD caused this?

 

Thanks!

 

 

Also, I can't tell if it's an illusion or not, but my files and programs seem to load up a little faster, as I have been having HD issues lately.

 

Could this have helped this, or is this just my imagination?

 

 

Thank you,

 

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 04:49 PM

Hello Adam and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

Your desktop settings and icon cache simply rebuilt its self.

I seen this happen plenty of times.

Your disconnecting your hard drive and reconnecting it, may have cleared up a bit of oxidation that was on the contacts between your hard drive and the connectors and the removal of such allowed for a better connection. This is why we often recommend that people we help with failing electronics to try dis-connecting and reconnecting things. This clears up issues with loose or oxidized electrical connections.

If your system is responding faster and stays that way, then I'd say that you discovered the reason why we often recommend doing what you already did.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:14 PM

Yea and cleaning it out will not only remove oxidization but it will remove dust that causes excessive overheating. In most cases the hardware wont "over heat" but it will run hotter then usual and this will cause your  hardware to run slower and have a harder time. Cleaning this most likely freed up all the gunk interfering with the connection as well as heating issues. 


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:54 PM

You're absolutely correct about that Quantum! :thumbup2:  Heat :flame: and electronics is a :nono: because :flamethrower: :busy: :rip:

 

Sorry just wanted to add a little humor there.

 

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