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boot failure

by tegid01 / May 26, 2013 2:25 AM PDT

I have a lap top acer aspire 5736z with a wd hard disk ref wd3200bpvt
The computer suffered a total and sudden failure and after that it was impossible to reboot. When I run the recovery disk I receive a message indicating hardware problem "no i/o device found etc". The bios shows the HDD is present. I have installed another (new) hard disk and receive exactly the same failure during the windows recovery.
I am now faced with the decision whether to spend money on repair or give up and buy another laptop!
Any ideas of where to go from here?
Do I need to format the new hdd or is this automatically?
I have another acer aspire 5736z - if all fails can I use the hdd as a slave in this model?

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You definitely need to assign a partition & format
by wpgwpg / May 26, 2013 2:33 AM PDT
In reply to: boot failure

New hard drives need to have a partition assigned, then formatted. You can use the Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Disk Management or whatever software came with the new hard drive to do that. Once that's done, you should be able to assign drive letter C: to the new drive and run the recovery discs, assuming everything else on the laptop is OK.
Good luck.

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by tegid01 / May 29, 2013 6:56 PM PDT

Thanks for the reply, is it necessary to create partitions? I would be happy with one main partition. Which format is most suitable FAT FAT32 or NTFS? I will format the disk with my old pc with windows XP will this work or should I use my other aspire?

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Re: partitions
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 29, 2013 7:18 PM PDT
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One partition is a partition also and needs to be made if there is none on the new disk. The OS installer lets you make one if it finds none. No need to do it before you start the install.
Definitely use NTFS!


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boot failure
by tegid01 / June 2, 2013 5:23 AM PDT
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Well things don't look to good, I replaced the original hard drive (which shows 'read / write error when I try to access it from my pc) I formated the replacement hdd (ntfs) one partition. The bios shows the hdd is present but when I attempted to boot up the laptop it failed again half way through running the recovery disk - I received the same error as before 'suspected hardware problem - unexpected i/o error etc'

I now have to decide whether to spend money on repair or buy a new machine.
Have I missed something with the formating?
Is there any reason why the aspire doesn't recognising the new drive?
Or could the error be deeper inside the machine? any suggestions as to the cause of the failure would be welcome!

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