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#1 Toshiba2015

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Posted 18 June 2016 - 12:30 PM

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?



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Posted 18 June 2016 - 01:14 PM

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With the laptop inside the box to protect from direct sun light and with the machine power off I don't think there is any problem, you did good by waiting for the box temperature drop before turning the unit on.

 

 

Usually only on the first start the Operating System finish the installation after some questions about the owner, language, etc. it's normal to take some time before the system became available.


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Posted 18 June 2016 - 05:09 PM

I concur with sleepy, first time boots always take awhile, and its unlikely any damage was done. If it still takes forever to load after a week, or regular usage it is still slow, then perhaps you have a problem, but right now, id say you have nothing out of the ordinary happening.


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 02:14 PM

I concur with sleepy, first time boots always take awhile, and its unlikely any damage was done. If it still takes forever to load after a week, or regular usage it is still slow, then perhaps you have a problem, but right now, id say you have nothing out of the ordinary happening.

Thanks guys!  I feel better now.  I just had a laptop die on me, and then my desktop only a week later, so it would really suck if a brand new computer got ruined by heat in the car before I even took it out of the box!

So far, I've only had it turned on one other time.  I'm trying to be cautious about what I'm doing now.  I adjusted the settings, and then tried deleting some bloatware, and next I want to back up the OS.  Right now, the amount of disk space used is a little over 39GB.  I plan on getting a 64GB flash drive to do it.






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