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Windows 7: PC repair - removing harddrive

27 Jun 2016   #1
sezan1

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PC repair - removing harddrive

Hey, I'm needing to take my desktop to a repair shop to get the HDMI fixed - my hdmi broke because of 'hotplugging' it. So I need to get it looked at. I'm planning on removing the harddrive to keep all my information safe. I'm not into dealing with hardware much so I have a few stupid questions;

If I remove the harddrive is it as simple as plugging it all back in to go to the way it was originally?;
If they for some reason need to use another harddrive on my desktop 'as I've heard they do keep spares in case they are given a laptop/desktop without one' - will it cause any conflicts when I put mine back in? 'not sure how these things work'.

Any help will be appreciated.


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27 Jun 2016   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Shouldn't be a problem assuming they don't change any hardware.

What do you mean by fixing HDMI? If you have a bad HDMI port, are they going to replace the motherboard? If they did that, then you might well have a problem when you reinstall the drive.
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27 Jun 2016   #3
sezan1

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Shouldn't be a problem assuming they don't change any hardware.

What do you mean by fixing HDMI? If you have a bad HDMI port, are they going to replace the motherboard? If they did that, then you might well have a problem when you reinstall the drive.
Well I'm not sure if it is the motherboard, basically whats happened is.. hotplugging caused some problem with the hdmi.. vga works which I'm using now but I'm gonna upgrade my TV and it doesn't support VGA... so yeah XD, whats the chances of it being motherboard - how would I be able to tell you? I'm only gonna pay for them to look at it and tell me first of all I'm pretty new when it comes to hardware stuff
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27 Jun 2016   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Hard to say as we don't know why HDMI won't work.

Maybe it's a physically damaged port.

A failed port isn't a rare occurrence. Motherboards are among the least reliable components of a computer. Quality control is generally mediocre.

Maybe it's something you did wrong in the configuration.

Maybe it's a cable issue.

Etc.

If the port is physically damaged, they may want to replace the board.

You may be dealing with a reliable outfit or a band of thieves. I don't know. It's like a car mechanic. If he tells you the yadayada needs to be replaced, you're on the hook for it unless you have a second opinion or are well-informed yourself.
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27 Jun 2016   #5
sezan1

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Hard to say as we don't know why HDMI won't work.

Maybe it's a physically damaged port.

A failed port isn't a rare occurrence. Motherboards are among the least reliable components of a computer. Quality control is generally mediocre.

Maybe it's something you did wrong in the configuration.

Maybe it's a cable issue.

Etc.

If the port is physically damaged, they may want to replace the board.

You may be dealing with a reliable outfit or a band of thieves. I don't know. It's like a car mechanic. If he tells you the yadayada needs to be replaced, you're on the hook for it unless you have a second opinion or are well-informed yourself.


yeah I'm aware of this sadly lol. Is there a way to check if it is the motherboard?. It could be the port as I was using a rather unreliable HDMI cable and kept plugging it in and out.. or it could of caused a problem n blown. I've checked with other hdmi cables and no luck lol.
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27 Jun 2016   #6
ignatzatsonic

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I wouldn't expect a shop to devote much time to the diagnosis or do any "repairs" of a bad port. If HDMI won't work with a known good cable, my guess would be they'll just assume the port is bad and tell you to replace the board. They'd just make an inference.

I assume they could use a tool to evaluate the port and determine if it's inert/dead, but I don't know if they'd go to that trouble.

I don't know much about HDMI, so there may be some configuration nuance that would apply. But if you had it working OK and now it won't, I'd assume you had the correct configuration at one time.

You're putty in their hands unless you get a second opinion---which is tough to justify if you are paying $40 bucks on up per opinion, when a new board is maybe $150.
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27 Jun 2016   #7
sezan1

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Alright so if its the motherboard and it needs replacing I can still keep the harddrive with me or what? .
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27 Jun 2016   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sezan1 View Post
Alright so if its the motherboard and it needs replacing I can still keep the harddrive with me or what? .
If you replace it with an identical make and model motherboard, you shouldn't notice the difference.

If you replace it with a different motherboard that has the same chipset, you probably won't have any significant trouble and may just need to make a few adjustments. I'd expect the PC to boot when you reconnect the current hard drive.

If you replace it with a different motherboard that has a different chipset, you can expect problems, but it may be that fixing those problems is still less of a hassle than reinstalling Windows and all applications. The PC would probably boot, but may look totally goofy on screen. You'd have to fix a number of things--mostly driver related.

If you don't mind reinstalling Windows and all applications, most people would tell you to do that UNLESS you are replacing the board with an identical make and model.

Regardless--the hard drive will still "work" and you can do with it as you wish. The problems you may have would be Windows issues, not hard drive issues.

I see this is an AMD system that you have. My above comments would refer to an Intel system. I don't know if an AMD system would have about the same problems or be considerably different.
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28 Jun 2016   #9
sezan1

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...k_ql_qh_dp_hza

What would happen if I were to try something like this?.

I'm looking to upgrade my TV - It will be used as a monitor, can my computer still display fine on a TV like..

LG 55EG920V | 55 inch Curved OLED 4K Ultra HD 3D Smart TV Freeview HD | Richer Sounds

Or will I have to upgrade some parts? Sorry for all the posts, thanks for the help.

Graphics details;

AMD Radeon HD 8570D
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28 Jun 2016   #10
ignatzatsonic

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I know nothing about either of those products.
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