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Windows 7: Hard drive troubles and windows errors

10 Dec 2013   #11
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alyseshadow View Post
I have already lost everything. Is there anything else I can do, besides having someone replace the hard drive?
Why didn't you make backups of important data? Or even better your whole drive?
There's normally no way to retrieve the data. But.....

"I have already lost everything"=>what do you mean by saying "lost"? No partition, no folders, no files at all anymore?


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10 Dec 2013   #12
alyseshadow

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I did all the fixes I knew how to do, the computer couldn't find the hard drive! So, I couldn't restore to previous point because it said there wasn't one. I stuck the windows disk in and re-loaded it. I assumed that would fix all errors, but did not. I'm now stuck here!
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10 Dec 2013   #13
gregrocker

 

How are you stuck? Your HD may be failing. I already wrote out what to do to confirm this, how to replace the HD if necessary and get Win7 back up and runnning more perfectly than you've ever had it. Did you miss my post?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Not a good sign. Which diagnostics are you running, and for what model/make HD?

Is the HD detected in BIOS setup? If not check or replace the cable.

Have you tried running ▶ Dell Hardware Diagnostics from F12 Menu?

To replace the HD on your Dell, google the model number + replace Hard Drive or disassemble to find a video showing how. You can also google for a replacement drive.

Then Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
If you have files to rescue from the HD I would back them up now, if necessary using Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console or Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free CD.
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10 Dec 2013   #14
ICIT2LOL

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

You may be able to use revuca but am not holding my breath Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

Or you can use a Ubuntu boot

BOOTABLEUBUNTU

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Set the BIOS to boot from theoptical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL> select TRY

When it is finished - it takes verylittle time you will get a screen like in the pic .

Open the drive you want > Userand dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy /paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doingthis.

I am not sure if it will but I haverecovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or justplain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

This is a good example of hat happens when we don't do regular backups eh?


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10 Dec 2013   #15
alyseshadow

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I am currently running the Dell HD hardware diagnostics, I will return with hopefully some results!
Thanks!
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11 Dec 2013   #16
alyseshadow

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Hard drive troubles and windows errors-image.jpg I have gotten this error, anyone know if that is my guarantee that the HD is garbage?


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11 Dec 2013   #17
gregrocker

 

Try the Diagnostics again to see if the error recreates.

If so then you've now confirmed that your HD is bad.

I gave you the steps previously for how to replace the HD and Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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11 Dec 2013   #18
ICIT2LOL

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

As Greg says and if you want try the Ubuntu I quoted first - if you need data - it may still not give it up but worth a try.
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23 Dec 2013   #19
alyseshadow

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So, I'm back! I bought a new Western Digital Harddrive and now I get an error stating I need to reseat the hard drive . If I try to install windows 7, it can't find the hard drive and in BIOS it says Hard Drive (none)
Anyone have any advice?
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23 Dec 2013   #20
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alyseshadow View Post
So, I'm back! I bought a new Western Digital Harddrive and now I get an error stating I need to reseat the hard drive . If I try to install windows 7, it can't find the hard drive and in BIOS it says Hard Drive (none)
Anyone have any advice?
Does harddrive work in other computer? Does harddrive have power, so does it spin (you can feel it)? Is sata cable connected correctly?
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