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#1 OuTrAgE

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Posted 23 January 2005 - 02:10 PM

Alright... where to begin. I've been having some minor problems with my laptop for about a week now. Yesterday I became very frustrated so I decided it was time to reformat. Well I started the reformat process, but my computer suddenly shut off for no reason. This continued to happen while I attempted to use the reformatting CDs that was given with my computer. On about my 5th attempt, I got the farthest I have gotten the whole time; I got to disc 4 (the last disc)... but of course it shut off again. But apparently it got to a point in the restoration where, since it shut off haulting the restoration process, I am now getting an error. This error is: "CDR101: Not ready reading drive Q".

So... does anybody know how I can fix this error, and continue attempting my restoration? I would also need help on the restoration because it keeps shutting off by iteself. Does anybody know why it would do that??? Lastly, I've also been getting this error message whenever I would restart my computer for about a month:

"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disc 0: TOSHIBA MK4021GAS-(PM)

WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disc drive. A failure may e imminent.

Press F1 to Continue"

Well I had no idea what this meant, so I would just press F1 and ignore it.

It's now to the point where I don't really care about any of the info on my computer, I just want it to restore to it's original settings and all.

Could the shutting off problem be due to overheating??


Here's some info on my computer:
Compaq Presario 2100
Windows XP
I'm using Compaq QuickrRestore System Recovery CDs (4)

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#2 OuTrAgE

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 02:53 PM

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:00 PM

Hi OuTrAgE :thumbsup: to BC.

Here's some info on my computer:
Compaq Presario 2100
Windows XP
I'm using Compaq QuickrRestore System Recovery CDs (4)


I don't think you can use these disks to reformat your hard drive. These disks are only used for restoring from a system crash where the computer freezes or hangs.

You need to read and understand about reformatting first.
Go here read Black Viper's article on reformatting H/D's. Then post back here if you have any questions.

One other question.....do you have the XP OS install disc ?
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:05 PM

Hi! Thanks for the welcome.

I may actually be trying to restore... I'm not sure what the difference really is. I'm just trying to get my computer to how it was when I bought it...

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:19 PM

"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disc 0: TOSHIBA MK4021GAS-(PM)

WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disc drive. A failure may e imminent.


Sounds like you should have taken heed of what the system was telling you.

Maybe your H/D is already unrecoverable.

Try booting into a dos prompt and running scan disk.

Press "F8" repetedly on start up and then choose the "Boot with command screen" then run scan disk from there. See what happens and post back.
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:22 PM

"SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disc 0: TOSHIBA MK4021GAS-(PM)

WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your hard disc drive. A failure may e imminent.


Sounds like you should have taken heed of what the system was telling you.

Maybe your H/D is already unrecoverable.

Try booting into a dos prompt and running scan disk.

Press "F8" repetedly on start up and then choose the "Boot with command screen" then run scan disk from there. See what happens and post back.

Yeah, I probably should have, but I had no idea what to do. Right now I'm giving up almost all hope and preparing to replace the hard drive. But since it's a laptop, I'm not sure if that's something I can do myself.

I'll take your advise and boot into a dos prompt and run scan disk and I'll report back here.

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:26 PM

Okay, I hit F8 but I now have this screen...

Microsoft Windows Startup Menu

1. Normal

Enteral a choisce: 1






F5=Safe mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8=Step-by-step confirmation [N]



Is this where I'm supposed to be, and what do I do?

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:46 PM

Also, could I buy a regular hard drive and install it in my laptop, or do they make certain hard drives for laptops?

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:51 PM

Shift+F5=Command prompt - this is what you want.

No - you cannot install a regular H/D in a laptop. Too big among other things.
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 04:56 PM

Laptop H/D's are quarter the size and are a specialised piece of epuipment, quite different from the normal IDE hard drives found in desk top computers.

I don't know if were going to be able to save your drive....lets see what scan disk comes up with......
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Posted 24 January 2005 - 05:17 PM

Sorry OuTrAgE, but I have to go to work now.

Can somebody please take over and help him - thanks guys.

Good luck OuTrAgE

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Posted 24 January 2005 - 05:20 PM

Alright, thanks for your help thus far.

Here's what Shift+F5 came up with:

Windows is bypassing your startup files.

Microsoft ® Windows Millennium
©Copyright Microsoft Corp 1981-1999.

A:\>

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 01:52 PM

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 02:27 PM

Anybody?

I need to know if this is fixable, because I found a replacement hard drive, but I dont want to spend $100 if this is fixable. I need to know ASAP so I can buy the hard drive if need be. Thanks.




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