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New Hard drive for Inspiron 1525

by rebklein23 / May 13, 2009 3:32 AM PDT

Hi All,

Well, it was bound to happen, but 6 days after my warranty expired, the computer stopped working! I have since figured out that the hard drive is corrupted and that I will need a new one. All of my data is backed up, but I have never replaced a hard drive before. Can anyone offer help in terms of the steps I need to take, critical things not to do?


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hard drive
by mlg63 / May 13, 2009 4:05 AM PDT

Don't jump to the conclusion that it's the hard drive unless you have run the extended hard drive diagnostics and tried other tests. It could be some other hardware or software failure. Explain what you have done so far. Did you try to boot to your operating system disk to see if you can do a Repair? Six days out of warranty, you might be able to get Dell Support to help diagnose the problem without a fee.

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It's the hard drive
by rebklein23 / May 13, 2009 4:12 AM PDT
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I first noticed that the computer would not boot and was running a check disk program every time it tried to boot up. I did run the diagnostics utility..the only errors that came back were with the hard drive. After six corrupt sectors found, I stopped counting. From what I have read online, I can try a repair, but I will likely need a new hard drive sooner rather than later.

I did contact Dell, but was told repeatedly, that even though the computer was only 6 days out of warranty, I would have to pay $50 in order to talk to anyone to diagnose the problem.

At this point, I think I would just prefer to replace it with a new hard drive (with a 5 year warranty) as opposed to Dell's option of a refurbished hard drive (with a 90 day warranty) at 2x the price of a new one.

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buy new
by mlg63 / May 13, 2009 5:59 AM PDT
In reply to: It's the hard drive

You're right--buying a new drive is the best option. Make sure you have your operating system disk to install Windows. If you buy a good brand of disk, it will have directions for installing it. Drivers you might need are available from Dell Downloads.

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