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Windows 7: Laptop hdd failure

19 Oct 2012   #1
Foster426

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Laptop hdd failure

I'm not having a problem, I just have a question. I sent my laptop in to get the HDD replaced because it was being loud. It was also getting "Calibration Retry Count" errors. I've read some articles online that says that moving your laptop why the HDD is active can damaging it, causing failure. This seems dumb because the purpose of a laptop is mobility. Is that true? Could that be the reason my HDD failed? I'm in school, so my laptop is in my backpack a couple times a week. Also, could someone explain what that "Calibration Retry Count" error means?


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19 Oct 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

It certainly sounds like the HDD has a mechanical defect - see S.M.A.R.T. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

No, moving the laptop whilst the HDD is operating will not damage it. However, if your backback is being dropped, or slung down, then thats a different story.

Regards,
Golden
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20 Oct 2012   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hum yep Golden I can imagine the backpack being dropped or whatever

If I were the OP then I would certainly be doing some serious backing up just in case and well I am a clone freak to be honest I like keeping at least one for each machine that way I am up and running in a few minutes
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20 Oct 2012   #4
boogieboy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No moving the Laptop while it's running does'nt damage the HDD at all unless the laptop is dropped on the floor.
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20 Oct 2012   #5
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Some modern laptop drives have accelerometers installed that will suspend disk seeking if the drive is moved suddenly -- as in picking up the laptop very quickly. The Panasonic Tough Books can supposedly survive a lot of abuse, even dropping short distances. But in general, most laptop drives will "crash" if the laptop is dropped.

Casually moving the laptop around should not cause any problems with the hard drive.
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21 Oct 2012   #6
Foster426

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

What about hitting the laptop? I do recall hitting it in anger while playing Halo.
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21 Oct 2012   #7
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

If it's in your budget upgrading to ssd will eliminate that problem all together. No moving parts.
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