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I think my laptop harddrive is fried so I pulled got annothe

by stephen.s13 / August 10, 2011 3:32 AM PDT

So yer, here's the full story...

I got a knackerd computer of a mate for nothing. It didn't boot or even turn on.

I got it booted, it was as simple as changing the fuse in the plug. That's as far as I got. When I boot the computer with the old HDD it gets me as far as asking for the password. If i type it in or not the laptop will reboot after about 20 seconds (Win Vista).

I assumed from that the HDD was knakerd as there was no reason for any files to be damaged and when I shook it there was a rattleing noise.

So I got annother HDD same size and cappacity etc. The BIOS will ankowledge the it and try to boot but it then only gives me options to try and repair windows or start normally. If I start normally it powers down virtually strait away, Same applies for safe mode. The new HDD has win7 on.

Any ideas would be great, thanks in advance for any help Silly

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2011 3:38 AM PDT

Windows doesn't take kindly to moving between machines so be sure that Windows 7 is something you installed.

Also, did you use your canned air on the vents? Most owners forget about that 6 month ritual.

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Tanks for the quick reply
by stephen.s13 / August 10, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Remember?

windows 7 is on the new harddrive as i took it out of a samsung netbook and everything worked fine. and i don't belive i have canned are but could take it to the garage and blast 100+ Psi down there lol

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Garage 100 PSI is not a good idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2011 4:11 AM PDT

The canned air is done in short blasts and we never spin up the fans with that in fear we'll destroy the fan or the circuits to the fans. Also SHOP AIR is known to have oil in it. That's bad stuff.

As to the transplanted Windows that's well discussed and known to fail.

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Fair comments
by stephen.s13 / August 10, 2011 4:26 AM PDT

So what would you recomed to fix my computer spending the least ammount of paper as poss? bearing in mind my cd drive is also dead Sad

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Canned air and use an external USB DVDRW drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 10, 2011 4:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Fair comments

If you are into repairs you have both and even if not, borrow such.

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