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Hard Disk Error Code 7

by NotsoTechyMa / May 9, 2011 11:46 PM PDT

I read over another thread on this error code. I tried cleaning all the dust out of the system unit, but I am still getting this error upon start-up. For whatever reason, I assume the hard disk just died. My husband left this desktop unit on almost all the time, & as the weather started warming up, I decided I didn't want this space heater running in the room, so I started shuting it down. It was fine a few times, but then this error.

So, I am asking a pretty basic (probably dumb to some) question here. I understand I need to replace the hard drive, but how do I choose one, and then what? Do they come with installation instructions? Do I have to reinstall windows and every single driver for the hardware, etc.? I thought we had back up disks of this computer, but of course they're nowhere to be found. I do have some driver disks and hopefully the windows CD.
Below are the specs from Dell. Thanks much!

Card, Graphics, 256, Radeon, X600 MRMGA+
Dual In-Line Memory Module, 512533M, 64X64, 8, 240, 1RX8
Assembly, DVD+/-RW..., 16X, IDE NEC corporation, CHASSIS 2005...
Hard Drive, 160G, S2, 7.2K, 8M Lead Free, SGT-PUM
Assembly, Flash Storage Device Universal Serial Bus, Reader Half Height, TEAC..., CHASSIS 2005...
Assembly, Cable, FLEX-BAY Dimension, MATRIX,SMITH,MINI TOWER...
Card, Controller, 1394A, PC Interface, Loop, Adaptec
Kit, Speaker, 120V, A525, Lead Free, Zylux Corporation, Dell Americas Organization

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Clarification Request
What dell is this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 10, 2011 1:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Hard Disk Error Code 7

You could help others help you if the model number was in that post. I can't find it. Try adding that information.

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What dell is this?
by NotsoTechyMa / May 10, 2011 10:07 PM PDT
In reply to: What dell is this?

It's a Dell Dimension E510, thanks!

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Almost always a failed hard drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 11, 2011 5:04 AM PDT
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Re: hard disk
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 9, 2011 11:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Hard Disk Error Code 7

S2 might mean SATA 2, and it being a desktop it's likely a 3.5" disk. But as you have to buy a new one, why not take the old one out and take it with you to the shop, so they can see what you need.

Unless the old hard disk still is good enough to be read, so can be cloned, you'll have to start all over indeed. With Dell, it's preferable to use the 'recovery CD/DVD" and possibly the "driver and utilities CD" to install Windows on a brand new disk. If you use any other CD/DVD for Windows and don't have the driver disk, you should be able to get all necessary drivers from the Dell site using your service tag.

Hope you have a backup of your data.


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Was gonna do-it-myself
by NotsoTechyMa / May 10, 2011 1:10 AM PDT
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I don't really deal with any shops in my area; I don't think I've ever heard anything from friends who have used them other than they overcharged, took too long, and didn't really accomplish what they'd hoped for. I figured I would just order a replacement part (new hard drive) from Dell, but I just am not sure if there's anything in particular I need to know before choosing one and attempting to install it. And a back up of our data? um, no, cuz this type of thing doesn't happen to us...jk, I don't think there was a lot of critical info on it, but yeah, we def should have done that. One of those things that never bumps up to the priority list until it's too late...:P

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