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Windows 7: Computer won't boot (hard drive failure?)

22 Dec 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Computer won't boot (hard drive failure?)

For the past 6 months, I have had this problem where my PC won't boot. When I try, it ends up on a black screen after the BIOS, and eventually an error message, "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart" appears in the upper-left corner. When I run the diagnostic tool everything is fine until it gets to the drive test where it says "A SMART test failed on the drive" and gives the error code BIOHD-8. Is there any hope left for my computer? (Btw, I am posting this from my other computer which is still working)

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22 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Welcome to Seven Forums.

"The error you are getting - BIOHD-8 - does indeed indicate that your Hard Drive is failing and you will need to replace it with a new HDD."

Solved: BIOHD-8 A SMART test failed - HP Support Forum - 616961
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22 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 7 HP 64

Download a Linux iso, burn a cd or DVD, boot from it at the failing HDD computer and try to copy your data to an external disk.
lubuntu lightweight, fast, easier
You can use Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to make a USB flash disk boot able.

HDDs are very fragile and can easily be damaged with impacts or even movements when running.
My suggestion is to replace the HDD with a SSD.
120GB - 275GB, SATA III, 2.5, Internal SSDs, SSDs, Components -

I have one of these PNY CS900 2.5 SSD7CS900-240-RB - - US$75 - So far so good.
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