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DST Failure = HDD Dead?

My laptop (Inspiron 4100, XP SP2) died on the weekend, goes to blue screen shortly after the Windows XP logo appears and then reboots. Safe mode etc results in the same, not installed any software for about 6 months.

Recovery disk has not worked either...

Ran the F12 Diagonistics at start-up, it fails the DST short test. Looking at the web this seems to indicate HDD failure (with "60-70% likelihood").

Removed the HDD, put it in external box and connected to desktop. Can access some information in My Documents (eg the My Pictures folder, phew), but other folders eg My Music result in an "I/O Failure" warning when clicked and are not accessible - as do a number of other folders - seem only about 1/3 folders can be accessed.

If HDD fails, can you access some and not all files, or generally you cant access any?

Aside from formatting and starting again, any other solutions before this step....?

Many thanks

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Yes, here's why.

In reply to: DST Failure = HDD Dead?

Let's say the drive heads bounced on the drive surface (a bad thing.) Then that area would suffer and other areas might be intact.

Back up what files and you and get a new drive.


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DST Failure

In reply to: Yes, here's why.

Many thanks for the reponse Bob - looks like it will save me hrs of fruitless attempts to try a software fix. New HDD and reinstall it is. Some data saved, some since last backup lost, but such is life.

Are these failures preventable by the user, or do drives just give up after some time....

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Check with

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Newer laptops are prone to heat stress and any hard handling is bound to cause damage, especially if ON. Get your hands on a "laptop cooler" a attachment that helps quelch heat build-up by affixing to the bottom of a laptop and if yours has it, use the prop-up legs to keep a laptop from being flat against any surface, increases airflow. This is the nature of the beats, so take care of the laptop, refrain from moving while ON and!!! taking it for granted, its still a deciate piece of equipment. Sad Further, check to see if "any" fans of the laptop is actually working and what pgm. provided by the vendor helps monitor its status, what does it show when idle and not to get an idea of its workout. Alas, check to see if your model laptop doesn't have some battery amornaly, check thier support website, it seems some batteries put out extra heat if using the AC charger and system at same time(or something like that).

tada -----Willy Happy

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Some are, some are not. Sharing ....

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I must share that I'm certifiable when it comes to my personal laptop. It's never dropped, the lid is never snapped shut (I've seen people slap the cover closed) and has a nice travel system to keep it from harm.

I also avoid moving the laptop while its powered up. Watching how some treat these laptops does not help the thoughts that most failures are simply from abuse or non-maintenance.

For example, very few will dust out their machines yearly. I know to do such to all my units or suffer higher costs.

Not all failures are preventable, but we don't have to add to them.


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