I just bought a new laptop yesterday and I'm afraid I may have damaged it before even taking it out of the box. I bought it and then it was in the car for a few hours while the temperature was 84 degrees Farenheit and sunny. I left all 4 windows cracked open slightly to allow for some ventilation--while not allowing someone to reach in to unlock a door and steal my computer. When I finally got home, I brought it in the house and noticed that the box was very warm. That got me concerned about whether I may have damaged the laptop. I've heard that hard drives are rather fragile. After the box cooled and I took the computer out and plugged it in and turned it on for the first time, it seemed to take quite a while to get started. The word "Dell" was on the screen for several minutes at the beginning. When I had my old Toshiba desktop that I bought 5 years ago, it would say "Toshiba" on the screen when first turned on, but only for about 5 seconds before Windows started up.
Is there a way to check whether the hard drive is damaged?