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Laptop Harddrive Dead/dying


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#1 ekhardt

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 11:20 PM

Hi. My technical knowledge is kind of on the low side. Bear that in mind. I'll get right to my query.

A screen just came up telling me that my Toshiba MK6021GAS harddrive is predicted for "imminent failure" sometime in the near future. I have a 3yr old HP Pavilion ze5600 notebook and I was wondering if I could replace that doomed drive with this Hitachi Travelstar 7K100. I've seen a lot of good reviews for the drive. But, I've been told many times that you cant upgrade laptops or that other products besides what they come with don't work well in them, that's why I was wondering. Also, if there's something instead of that drive I should use, let me know. Thanks a lot for your time and assistance.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 12:09 AM

If I were you, I would be on the safe side and try to find the same hard drive (maybe upgrade) of the same brand for the same laptop. I would also contact HP and inqure about hard drive compatibility.(they made it and probably know more about hdd compatibility than i do.)
I would also suggest running the widows disk checking tool or at least try using your current hdd until its dead. Maybe theres just a glitch or something and it could be fine. (I hate wasting hardware)

But I work mainly on pc's. So I'm not totally sure.

Good luck.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 12:52 AM

I ran the disk check tool and it said it repaired an error. That was about three days ago and it's done nothing but get worse every since. I do plan on running it until it's good and dead and I'm in the process of doing just that. It's already making a clicking noise and locking-up quite a bit. But, I paid enough for the darn laptop (I should have gone with the desktop in the first place) and have no intention of letting my money go to waste. I'm always wary of contacting the manufacturer. On the few occassions I have (by phone and email) it's been about as pleasant as a root canal. That's why I prefer forums. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 02:04 AM

Want some good advice?

Backup your hard drive. If it's making those sounds, then it's a good chance it's on it's last leg.

If you have means to transfer your data off of it, do it, and do it quickly.

[TIP] If you can keep the laptop running without shutting it down, that's your best bet. Because shutting it down again, may actually kill it and it won't even boot up the next time.

If you have to shut it down in the meantime, my advice again is to leave it off until you're ready to make your transition. But... pray that it'll boot back up when you try it again.

If you have a dvd drive, and you can afford it, go buy some blank dvd's, and start transferring your data onto those. It's better than a total loss.

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Posted 13 November 2006 - 02:51 PM

Yes, definently. Back up your memory. Then see what HP reccomends as a replacement or something.

If you don't want to contact them, try to find the same model hdd, or at least make sure the one you want to buy will fit and work ok.

Edited by nforce, 13 November 2006 - 03:09 PM.


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Posted 14 November 2006 - 09:40 AM

I've just recently started working on laptop hard drives and they're usually very similar. But to be sure, you'll have to get the specification of the drive that you're going to replace and compare it with those of the drive that you intend to buy.

You can probably order a replacement from HP - but they'll charge you more than if you bought it on your own. If you buy one, make sure that you can return it if it doesn't fit.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:09 PM

I've had some success in getting a couple of more years of life out of hard-drives with Spinrite. It is not free and cannot fix all hard-drives errors so it is up to you to decide if it is worth a try.
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