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Windows 7: help is this a hardware problem?

03 Feb 2012   #21
StazzieJones

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 

@Kevin, when start up repair couldn't fix itself ,which has happened several times before...the only option I had was to reset it back to when I bought it. I've found the option in advanced settings before and have tried it since, but my computer wanted a disc which I didn't know how to do at the time. like I said I'm not very computer smart, but is the hdd light the one that looks like a stack of discs? if so it stays lit constant.


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03 Feb 2012   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I'm actually saving files to my USB it seems to be acting the same but files are actually making it over slowly
What do you mean with the bolded statement? And how slow is it moving the files to the stick. If they are big files, it can take a while because sticks are not that fast.
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03 Feb 2012   #23
StazzieJones

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 

I'm saving pictures to my USB stick. it's not just lagging for moving the files, closing out windows can take up to 5 minutes now. even when I'm not transferring files. I had navigated through the files at first just fine and played the games, but trying to open and move files now it's giving me the same results. I've managed to get a good handful of pictures off which I'm very happy for. should I still try the windows install for the heck of it?
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03 Feb 2012   #24
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you save your files with Puppy. If I understood you right, that worked fine. Just copy/paste them from your library files to your backup device. And then you can consider a reinstall of Win7.
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03 Feb 2012   #25
gregrocker

 

You can also try another backup device: external or another HD is best, another computer on the network, DVD, up to 15gb on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.
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03 Feb 2012   #26
StazzieJones

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 

I'm am still using puppy, it wasn't until I started doing the file copying is when it showed the same symptoms and it yes just as bad. hdd light stays on constant once every 20 mins it may blink so I'm settled it s hard drive. I'm patiently trying to transfer whatever pics I can that's all I'm worried about. I've gotten farther on this than I did with windows. is it worth replacing hard drive or just get another laptop?
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03 Feb 2012   #27
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have another PC, you could take the HDD out of the lappy and run it in a USB enclosure. That would give you some more info whether it is the drive (which is easy to replace) or something more serious.

I would do that in any case before giving up on the laptop. The enclosures are cheap, they even come as cables with attachment and cost between $10 and $30.

Examples: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92
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03 Feb 2012   #28
StazzieJones

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 

I've tried linking to other computer, backing up etc, it would take hours and just forever sit when I would get close to finishing . in a period of two weeks I maybe managed to get 10 pictures. it's been 4 months since it's been like this and has taking spurts of patience here and there to try to do something with it. when I first loaded puppy clicking on everything and playing the games worked just fine. I didn't start until today to move the files and it's the same story. I was so excited thinking it was just windows
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03 Feb 2012   #29
StazzieJones

Window 7 64 Bit
 
 

I'll try that within the next few days. I can't stand the other laptop I've purchased in replacement at the time , but my husband and I could really use a second now. thanks for all your help again.
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03 Feb 2012   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, Let us know how you make out. Reading from an enclosure will tell you what the story on that disk is.
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