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Windows Vista Home Premium won't Boot, HDD problem

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#1 trotts19


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:52 AM



One day, out of the blue,, my Dell E1505 laptop with a Toshiba MK1234GSX 120G HDD refused to boot. 

I get continual STOP F4 errors,  Having tested the disk with multiple programs, I know it has issues


I have been able to copy everything from it to my desktop with the help of MiniXP


It would be great if I could go back to using my laptop as before, so I have included testdisk.log for the deep search.


I have never used Testdisk to repair  a HDD problem so any step by step instructions or info would be greatly appreciated


Thanks again


Attached File  testdisk.log   21.91KB   7 downloads


Moderator Edit: Moved from Vista Forum to a more appropriate forum.


Edited by rotor123, 24 August 2014 - 11:54 AM.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:11 PM

I think the only way you are going to get that laptop working again is with a new hard drive and a re-install.


I had a look at your log file and it suggests - this may be interpretative error on my part - a lot of problem areas. Hard drives are not repairable and, while software can handle some errors, they increase over time to the point where the hard drive dies. Personally, I would be grateful that I had been able to salvage my data.


Again, given the fact that this laptop was probably built between 2006 and 2008, it might be time for you to consider moving to a new one. Six to eight years is a fairly reasonable service life for a laptop.


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#3 trotts19

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 05:40 PM

That's pretty much as I though, just wanted to give it a shot and use it as a learning experience.

The laptop isn't my main computer anyway, I have several

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