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#1 wvbuzzmaster OFFLINE  

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 11:37 PM

Im sick of computers, laptops to be specific. Seems like I only get about 2 years or so out of one...

And this one is no different, only 2, Mabey 3 years old and it popped up hard disk failing...

So my evening has been spent backing it up.... And for good measure throwing my pics and files on a jump drive.

At this point... I may replace the hard drive, but i bet a new laptop would be easier.... Stupid things....


Anyway , on my iPhone right now while laptop is backing up

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 11:57 PM

SSD install would be a great addition to a relatively new machine. Have you considered that?

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 12:06 AM

I'm considering the benefits of spending 600 for a new laptop with better everything, and better yet, I don't have to rebuild it, just add what I'm using lol
I know I can get 2 years out of it, Mabey 3 lol

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 12:37 AM

Good luck Casey! Yea I would go for the new one myself. They have some great deals out there now.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:42 AM

Sorry to hear about your laptop Casey , my HP is about 4 years old but I'm sure you use a laptop more then myself . Is there anything you can think of other then use that might be causing them to fail so soon ? , Al

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:52 AM

From what you are saying, Casey, this happens a lot for you. May be time to buy the extended warranty. If you get a new one, what are you doing with the old one? I know how to change a hard drive. :smilewink:

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:59 AM

Casey. You should seriously consider the suggestion above of installing a Solid State Drive in this or your next laptop. Getting rid of the mechanical drive will end the problem of them wearing out or failing right when you need them most.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 06:49 AM

I don't know about all laptops but the one that I have replaced a hard drive on was really a rather simple swap. Simple enough that the time spent reloading all the software will be the hardest part. :thumbs:

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 08:28 AM

My wife bought one about a year ago and it already has it's second hard drive in it. IMHO, it's poor ventilation / overheating that causes the problem in laptops. My oldest son just spent a small fortune on a laptop for gaming and I told him to spend some extra on a cooling pad and the extended warranty. He listened (for once LOL) and I'm hoping that he has many years of good service from it.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 08:39 AM

They do seem to be disposable now adays. Do you use yours in your lap or on a table? Since you've got bad computer karma you might want to think about an online back up. It cost a little per month but it's nice when computers fail or in my case stolen.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 09:08 AM

Casey. too bad about your laptop. I say get a new one and don't look back. Sell or give away the old one. I hope you get everything transferred quickly. Good luck.

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 09:25 AM

Casey I hate to tell you this but your hard drive may not be bad. The wife picked up some malware a few weeks ago and it said her hard drive was failing. It looked official and could fool you but the give away was Window's does not tell you your hard drive is failing it tells you it can't access a file or a bad sector.

Boot to safe mode go back to a good restore point then run a good anti-malware program and of course clean out your registry with a good cleaner. Check here for the tools I use.

PS: I have a dell laptop that is about 9-10 years old with the original hard drive. The only thing changed out in it has been the memory. I now resides in my shop as my reference library.
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Posted September 06, 2012 - 10:36 AM

Gee.. how can you lose a hard drive? I'm sure it's still inside the laptop... :laughingteeth:

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hdwildbill, i am running another backup currently. But I think my message was from windows and I was told my hard drive is failing, looks legit but still backing up using the control panel. I am on a dell laptop, and if it is malware I can get it off, I already got rid of malware once ( kept the cleaner) and I already use registry repair stuff. I will look into this, thanks

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Posted September 06, 2012 - 05:03 PM

For the record folks, I too can replace motherboards or hard drive, same crap of reloading operating system and programs. Hence I hate it enough lol




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