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What? My Hard Drive is dying?

by mgd / April 7, 2006 10:45 PM PDT

I own a five year old Dell Desk top and i have been told "my hard drive is dying". The advise i got told me to just buy a new CPU. What makes this happen? Never had it before on any computer we owned. The Dell came with Windows ME and we deleted it and put Windows XP home edition on it. Did that do something damaging to the hard drive? What should i look for in a new CPU?
thanks, Mary

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Hi Mary, why do you think the Hard drive is
by retired / April 7, 2006 11:02 PM PDT

dying? The CPU or central processing unit and Hard drive are two different components and one does not need to replace both if only one of them is failing, please give us a little more info.

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This is the way the proprietaries
by Ray Harinec / April 8, 2006 1:00 AM PDT

sell new computers. The tech support that they would have to give to have their customers replace a hard drive is something they would prefer to do without.

So Mary came to the right place.

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hard drive problem
by mgd / April 8, 2006 12:48 PM PDT

i was told that to replace the hard drive would be silly when for a little more money we could replace the whole CPU and with a five year old computer this would be the way to go, bigger hard drive, more speed, and a better value. so this is why i am looking.

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Do you mean replace
by EZRIDER714 / April 8, 2006 2:25 PM PDT
In reply to: hard drive problem

the whole computer? The CPU is just one of the several components that make up your computer.Hard drives are not nearly as expensive as a complete computer.Depends on how much money you want to spend.

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Try This
by Scott Simontis / April 8, 2006 1:07 AM PDT

Find out what kind of hard drive you have in your computer. It might be listed on the front of your case, or otherwise, in the Device Manager. To get to the device manager, right click on "My Computer", select Properties, go to the hardware tab, and select Device Manager. Find the "Disk Drives" section and double click it to expand it. Your hard drive will be listed. All you need is the manufacturer.

Go to the manufacturer's website, and look for a hard drive diagnostic tool. It is a small utility you can put on a CD or floppy which will test your hard drive. The test will identify if your hard drive really is failing.

If you cannot find the utility, just tell me and I will find the right link for you.

If your hard drive really is dying, you do not need a new CPU. That has nothing to do with it. You just need to buy a new hard drive, and you can copy over your data. There are many professional services that will do this for you, or you can purchase an external hard drive and do it yourself.

Try this, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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Remember that it is a proprietary
by Ray Harinec / April 8, 2006 1:47 AM PDT
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and the issue of the recovery partition becomes an issue.

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(NT) (NT) thank you i will try what you said
by mgd / April 8, 2006 12:53 PM PDT
In reply to: Try This
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