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Window showing hard disk alert

by jazzy10101 / February 16, 2017 12:25 PM PST

Every it's my first post here

since 2 days my window showing me an alert of "please replace your hard disk as this hard disk get crashed please keep your data at safe place like USB etc" how can i solve this issue do you have any suggestion to fix this?

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The message looked clear to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2017 12:32 PM PST

Are you reporting you replaced the failing drive and it kept giving the message?

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No i don't
by jazzy10101 / February 16, 2017 12:42 PM PST

I didn't replace my hard drive till now i am just asking is there anyway to fix this without replacing hard drive

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Then you'll have to run without the failing HDD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2017 12:49 PM PST
In reply to: No i don't

It is possible today depending on the OS. For Windows it's expensive as you need Windows On The Go. That's more expensive than a HDD.

There's also a few remaining HDD repair houses. This is rarely done because a new drive is cheaper but you don't want to replace the failing HDD. So get estimates for repair.

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Two other ways.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 16, 2017 1:00 PM PST
In reply to: No i don't

1. Run Linux from DVD or USB-stick, in stead of Windows. That's free. But it's not Windows, so it's somewhat doubtful if you call this a "fix" or a "work-around".

2. Add another hard drive and use only that new one. It doesn't harm to have a failed hard drive in the case as long as you don't use. And it's not replacing the hardware, so it meets your requirements.

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you mean to say
by jazzy10101 / February 16, 2017 1:05 PM PST
In reply to: Two other ways.

i remove my current hard drive from laptop and insert new one?

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Re: mean to say
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 12:13 AM PST
In reply to: you mean to say

If your window runs on your laptop (you hadn't told if it was a desktop or a laptop) that's indeed what "replacing" means.

Of course, there's more to it than putting an empty hard drive in the laptop. You'll have to use your recovery discs to restore Windows to that new hard drive. The laptop won't run at all without that.

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not necessary if...
by James Denison / February 17, 2017 1:29 AM PST
In reply to: you mean to say

...your laptop can boot from a USB drive. If so, install Mint Linux on a USB flashdrive and use that instead for the time being. If you don't know how to "burn image" to DVD and install to a USB flashdrive, visit and order one. It's not difficult to do however, but if your drive is failing or has failed, I'd do the installation using a different computer and then boot by USB to it on your laptop. Unlike windows, Linux can boot full system from a USB.

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