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Windows 7: What did my mom do to her desktop?

28 Dec 2014   #11
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

I'll most likely do a factory restore or something. I think she did something to her desktop to make this problem happen in the first place.


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05 Jan 2015   #12
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Well, she said her desktop was acting up again so she turned it off, when I turned it on I got a message saying that the hard disk failed and that I need to replace it or something like that. She's been wanting to get a laptop so this is a good a time as any to get one lol.
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05 Jan 2015   #13
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

If/when a major problematic shutdown happened on my laptop from time to time, then I too got the above message. I would place my Windows 7 Pro [nonOEM], boot it, run the Startup Repair option. It would reWrite the boot sector/MBR [my educated guess] -- then, hard-drive boots up as normal. Crashhat, I do not know if OEM Windows has this option or not. Which do you have?
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05 Jan 2015   #14
gregrocker

 

If only the hard drive failed then you can replace it and Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

It's fairly easy to access via a bay underneath, remove and replace. The best upgrade one can get is an SSD which is lightning fast.

Sometimes you can reseat the HD in its bay to see if it registers in BIOS. If so then you can Troubleshoot Windows 7 Failure to Start


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05 Jan 2015   #15
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If only the hard drive failed then you can replace it and Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

It's fairly easy to access via a bay underneath, remove and replace. The best upgrade one can get is an SSD which is lightning fast.

Sometimes you can reseat the HD in its bay to see if it registers in BIOS. If so then you can Troubleshoot Windows 7 Failure to Start

How much do hard drives usually cost? how do I know which one to get?
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06 Jan 2015   #16
gregrocker

 

The best upgrade a PC can have is an SSD which prices are coming down fast: Best deals of the day

You can pick one up at a computer superstore, Best Buy, or search the web for laptop HD in the size you want.
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06 Jan 2015   #17
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The best upgrade a PC can have is an SSD which prices are coming down fast: Best deals of the day

You can pick one up at a computer superstore, Best Buy, or search the web for laptop HD in the size you want.
So will this fit in her hp desktop?

Amazon.com: WD Blue 250 GB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA III, 16 MB Cache - WD2500AAKX: Electronics
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06 Jan 2015   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Greg has asked me to continue the conversation because he has to catch a plane.

This Sata III disk will do. If you have a Sata III port (which is unlikely if that is an older system), put it on that. But it will also work on a Sata II port. You probably would not even notice the difference.

Sata III can transport data at up to 6Gb/sec and Sata II at 3Gb/sec. But most disks cannot deliver or receive data at any speed even close to 3Gb/sec. They are more in the range of 1 to 1.5Gb/sec.
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06 Jan 2015   #19
crashhat

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Greg has asked me to continue the conversation because he has to catch a plane.

This Sata III disk will do. If you have a Sata III port (which is unlikely if that is an older system), put it on that. But it will also work on a Sata II port. You probably would not even notice the difference.

Sata III can transport data at up to 6Gb/sec and Sata II at 3Gb/sec. But most disks cannot deliver or receive data at any speed even close to 3Gb/sec. They are more in the range of 1 to 1.5Gb/sec.
Well, the desktop she has is the HP Pavilion Slimline s5713w
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06 Jan 2015   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

As I saiod, it does not really make any difference to which port you attach the HDD. Port 0 is always the best for OS disks.

Did you study the port situation in the User manual.
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