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#1 vicmax

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 10:01 AM

Hello all, need your help and advice with something please.

A few months back i bought a sony laptop that was once used in my old work company. Sadly, it went bust and sold on most of its computers so i bought the Sony one cheap. It has Windows XP Pro and up until recently ran excellently. It is a very fast laptop (mainly due to the lack of rubbish on the hard drive as opposed to the hard ware capabilities) Anyway, every so often now, it starts to make a 'Clunk' noise, as if the Hard Drive is trying to work but failing, the Laptop then stops and eventually freezes. I then have to hold down the Power button to turn it off.
When i try to reboot after this has happened, instead of the Loading Screen with XP Pro on there, it just displays the message

No operating system detected


I then have to leave the system off for several hours before it loads correctly again. But, most times when it has, it eventually freezes and 'Clunks'

I was wondering, is it possible to transfer all the contents on the hard drive to another, or even just XP Pro? With this being an ex business system, i dont have a copy of XP Pro on disc,so cant reinstall it, so thats not an option. The Sony has 2 hard drives built in, it loads up with one obviously, but the other is empty and not used. Can i move the details from the first to the second and load up from that one,using it as the main HD to be used?????

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Edited by vicmax, 09 April 2007 - 10:03 AM.


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Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:09 PM

Before you try to move Windows to the other drive you need to find out what is making the computer freeze. It might not be the hard drive. Check the Event Viewer.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:12 PM

Also, if the drive is 'clunking' or clicking, or grinding. Try and use it as little as possible. Every time you use it you could be causing further damage (physically) to the drive, thus making any recovery attempt more difficult

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 01:38 PM

Thanks for your responses guys.

I have once had this issue a few years ago on another laptop and it turned out to be the Hard Drive, which is why im 99% certain it is the same thing.

It tells me that there are errors occuring in the source's : disk and atapi

Also, if the drive is 'clunking' or clicking, or grinding. Try and use it as little as possible. Every time you use it you could be causing further damage (physically) to the drive, thus making any recovery attempt more difficult


the exact reason i want to transfer the files over.

EDIT: Just got a BSOD with the following displayed:

KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR

0x0000007A (0xC03E491C,0xC000000E,0xF9247642,0x0B496860)



Thanks again guys

Edited by vicmax, 09 April 2007 - 01:54 PM.


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Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:08 PM

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:11 PM

If youhave access to an external hard drive then you could create an image of the dying drive, remove the drive from the laptop, install the second drive and copy the image back then your PC would be just as it is with the failing drive. THe only thing is windows might note that there are hardware changes when you first reboot the machine. All you have to do is accept the changes and you are good to go.

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 02:17 PM

If youhave access to an external hard drive then you could create an image of the dying drive, remove the drive from the laptop, install the second drive and copy the image back then your PC would be just as it is with the failing drive. THe only thing is windows might note that there are hardware changes when you first reboot the machine. All you have to do is accept the changes and you are good to go.


The drive is already in the system i believe, so how would i go about doing as you suggested????

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:54 AM

Just thinking after re-reading the thread. If this is a laptop then the second hard drive is probably just a partition that the system sees as a second drive.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:57 AM

Is that a normal thing then for a laptop to do?

The Sony is so tightly packed and there is no way to get to the Hard Drive section unless i take the Laptop to bits. There is no easy removable cover to see the Drives, in order to physically see the drive(s) themselves.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:04 AM

Yes it's normal. My IBM ThinkPad is set up this way.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 10:48 AM

Quite a few Sony's have the hard drive hidden under the keyboard. Here's a link that makes it sound easy: http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/sonyhdswap/
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