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#1 Valhelya

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

As I received back my old Laptop with the words "It's kind of... dead... sorry!", I started trying to heal it again.
It turned out that there are serious problems with the HDD.
So I tried to fix it by using one of the HDD "cleaning" programs from "Ultimate Boot Disk".
Started well, but turned out questionable...
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I've actually never used this program before, so I'm not totally sure what's meant by all those "drive not ready" errors.

Is it possible that all the NRDY sectors are bad sectors?

If that's the fact, I assume the old HDD is dead :(

Or can anyone of you give me some hope or ideas, how to reanimate it?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

As I received back my old Laptop with the words "It's kind of... dead... sorry!", I started trying to heal it again.
It turned out that there are serious problems with the HDD.
So I tried to fix it by using one of the HDD "cleaning" programs from "Ultimate Boot Disk".
Started well, but turned out questionable...
Attached File  IMG_08351.JPG   3.5MB   9 downloads

I've actually never used this program before, so I'm not totally sure what's meant by all those "drive not ready" errors.

Is it possible that all the NRDY sectors are bad sectors?

If that's the fact, I assume the old HDD is dead :(

Or can anyone of you give me some hope or ideas, how to reanimate it?


Do you know what happened to your computer when it was on lone?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:38 PM

Do you know what happened to your computer when it was on lone?


No... sadly not... it was in the hands of my little sister. So... :(

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

If it was with your sister then probably anything and everything happened to it... :P I honestly don't really know what to say, the simplest thing to do would be to buy a new hard drive. They're not that expensive. But there are a couple guys that will be able to help probably, namely emosaurusrex and SpleenBeGone.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

I'm not terribly familiar with that tool, so maybe someone else that is can help. I assume it's not booting at all?
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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

Good chance the drive is bricked. :/
On the bright side, new ones aren't too expensive.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

Good chance the drive is bricked. :/
On the bright side, new ones aren't too expensive.


It's true. I got a 2TB one for $120 and it's probably the best purchase I've done on my computer. :D

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

If it was with your sister then probably anything and everything happened to it... :P I honestly don't really know what to say, the simplest thing to do would be to buy a new hard drive. They're not that expensive.


That's what I thought in the first place... stilled tried to catch a last sign of hope... ^^

I'm not terribly familiar with that tool, so maybe someone else that is can help. I assume it's not booting at all?


No it's not :( .. tried the common procedures like booting in safe mode, Booting from dvd, booting from external drive and so on...didn't work :(
Disk formatting seemed a reasonable solution, as it went on displaying problems with the HDD...


btw.. it also sounds a little creepy...

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

btw.. it also sounds a little creepy...


The computer does?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Good chance the drive is bricked. :/
On the bright side, new ones aren't too expensive.


Seems true :-( sadly...

Does anyone of know, if there is a tool for checking if the other hardware components are stil working properly?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:00 PM

The computer does?


Seems to be the HDD... I already cleaned out every piece I could... doesn't sound much better still :/

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

Seems to be the HDD... I already cleaned out every piece I could... doesn't sound much better still :/


Strange... >.> I don't know why a HD would be making weird noises... For that matter I haven't even heard my HD make any noises at all.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

Strange... >.> I don't know why a HD would be making weird noises... For that matter I haven't even heard my HD make any noises at all.


I'm not sure if it actually is the HDD.. I didn't really give it enough attention yet, because I just assumed it's always been that loud.
But I recognized: when turning the notebook on it's side.. like a 90° turn, the strange sounds stop... :D

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:13 PM

I'm not sure if it actually is the HDD.. I didn't really give it enough attention yet, because I just assumed it's always been that loud.
But I recognized: when turning the notebook on it's side.. like a 90° turn, the strange sounds stop... :D


Well my guess is that something might be caught in the fan, and when you put it on a 90 degree angle the cord or whatever it is stops rubbing against the fan blades.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:20 PM

Well my guess is that something might be caught in the fan, and when you put it on a 90 degree angle the cord or whatever it is stops rubbing against the fan blades.


Okay,..so I should screw it and have a closer look to the fan, when it's off power again...

But it's still giving me nothing but NRDY results for now at least 714 sectors...
Should I give it up now, turn of the life-sustaining measures and let it go?

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

Okay,..so I should screw it and have a closer look to the fan, when it's off power again...

But it's still giving me nothing but NRDY results for now at least 714 sectors...
Should I give it up now, turn of the life-sustaining measures and let it go?


I would say get a new HD... It's probably screwed.

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:35 PM

I would say get a new HD... It's probably screwed.

Oh, did I use the verb "to screw" incorrectly/ in the wrong context?
I'm sorry.. still have to work on my language skills :rolleyes:

okay, so I will have a look for a new HDD...
Thanks for the good advices :)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

Oh, did I use the verb "to screw" incorrectly/ in the wrong context?
I'm sorry.. still have to work on my language skills :rolleyes:

okay, so I will have a look for a new HDD...
Thanks for the good advices :)


Haha. I find this super adorable......

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

Haha. I find this super adorable......


Same, but I thought it was a little funny too... I didn't know what to say though. :P

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

Same, but I thought it was a little funny too... I didn't know what to say though. :P


I'm a little confused... what's so funny about screwing? ...My dictionary sais, it means something like... twist in/ or out a bolt...
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