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dan

reseat a hard disk

My laptops being a real massive pain in the ............ at the mo
I've been thru 1 hard drive in less than a year of having it, now its saying reseat the harddisk, this is what it was saying before the harddrive went the first time round!! It crashes then says reboot then it wont llet me untill its done a total test run on whatever it feels like at the time!!!! These test things it does can take anything from 10 minuits to 4 or 5 hours!
Anyone got any ideas the best thing apart from a flying lesson for the comp as to what i can do to get it right?

Hey.............you lot could be lucky.......if this goes bang you wont hear from me for a while  
Eschra

Okay Danndans - if the laptop is out of warranty and you feel confident here's a suggestion (btw is this a dell laptop by any chance? )

Take the power cable out of laptop and make sure all shut down. Turn laptop onto lid (prefereably with the lid closed!!

You will the laptop will have a sction of case which is screwed down that can be unscrewed and removed. Check for all the screws and when removed or loosened sufficinetly lift away the cover.
Be gentle but firm some covers need more encouragement than others to come off, but don't rule out the possibility of missed screws which can be hidden by little rubber sticky covers with some makes of laptop somewhere if it isn't giving way!!

When the cover comes off you should be able to see the hard drive, which will either have some kind of cradle to hold it in place (it may have some small screws that screw into the edges of the hard drive case. A little gentle probing should indicate how it comes out.

Try unseating the hard drive with the place in the laptop it plugs into - the connection points have small thin pins that connect into the drive. Don't yank but a firm pull should unplug the hard drive once any screws are removed to free the drive. Once removed, gently reline up the hard drive and push back into place.

At this point basically go backward in actions till laptop cover all replaced etc. This should hopefully sort the problem over solutions that would involve wiping the drive etc.

If you are unsure send the make, model and serial number of the laptop (should all be on label on bottom of laptop. Some laptops include dell's have instructions on line so you can see what each step should be, look like etc.

But I would say physically re-seating the hard drive into place MAY resolve the issue. Otherwise get a person comfortable with opening , configuring PCs to do it, with just reseating a hard drive there isn't too much difference between the two.

Advice if you do it, to ensure it done on clean workspace with nothing much around that could cause static. Place your hands on something metallic before touching the inards of the laptop this should avoid any static from you. I would recommend an antistatic wristband to be on safe side while you work but can't see you having one of those.

Rare for static to occur or do damage but with something like this I wouldn't like to advise you to take a risk with all the static sensitive parts exposed unless you are aware of the risks to the laptop, I don't really wanna be responsible for killing the latop dead on the only time in 20 years that I am proved wrong  
dan

Whys nothing ever simple!!!...........right .......if i'm not back here tonight, i cant blame you eschra    only cus i've totaly knackered the blummin thing and its gone of to  laptop heaven!!!!  
and yes   it is a Dell! It'l be a dead if i have anymore hassle with  it. :evil9:  
If i'm not back later i'll be writing me crimbo list to santa    so will catch up on the gossip after christmas sometime  
Eschra

http://support.dell.com/support/e...s/ins1720/en/SM/hdd.htm#wp1180014

Danndans if it is a different model of laptop you can select the right one instead - it's all approx same with Dell and it seems a common issue with them!!!
dan

    i'm back!!! so far so good   Thanks eschra, you can take the armour off now      

Didnt think i'd do it  

yeh ok ok............ i roped zoe into doing it for me  
Eschra

Thought I'd better not reply to the text about no smoke!!! You left me a multitude of replies!!!!

Tell Zoe    
dan

AAAARRRRRGHGHGGHGH started crashing again for the same reason!!!!!    :evil9:
if you see a UFO i'll identify it now for you..........its a ULT......unwanted laptop!!
Eschra

Well the UFO bit is true... it's a DELL they're BLEEPING useless load of junk LOL!  
dan

dont i know it!!
think the best one i've had so far was a toshiba   it lasted alot better than all the rest  
LadySlip

[quote="danndans  it lasted alot better than all the rest  [/quote]


crumbs Danns what do you do to them........and mobile fones  
dan

well................................  


and  the phones fly just as well ok!!!!  
LadySlip

   

and i thought it was only pigs that could fly
dan

LadySlip wrote:
   

and i thought it was only pigs that could fly


some people are just soooooooooo narrow minded  
when you realise the potential of a flyig object ladyslip, it can be an extremely reliable emergency release valve, and without injuring the target in anyway  only because i've parc aim tho !!

the manufacturers have just got to give them that bounce on impact appeal now
LadySlip

[quote="danndans"]


without injuring the target in anyway  





What good is that  i'm more into mass destruction if provoked enough to chuck summat   and being as its OH generally doing the provoking I figure he deserves injuring
dan

ah!! now using OH as a target, my aim is 100% everytime   oh....well nealy   the running shearing machine missed him.......... he had the nerve to dodge it!!!
oh yeh, and the hot iron missed him.........it was on good course to hit him too   stupid thing was still plugged in!!!
And the coffee missed him  :evil9: thru it with great hope and strenghth, on target ...yes.....yes...and ...........the mug actualy bouncesd of the floor throwing hot  coffee everywere but on him!!!!

I realy sjould practice more  
LadySlip

   

I only do pre meditated violence as far as  OH is concerned :whax: can't have him thinking it's of no consequence :laughing5:
dan

What i was thinking of was to try and perfect the art of getting him to walk past almost lets say..........on command without being obvious to him, so when something is taking a flying lesson and it does  accidently hit him then it doesnt realy matter ...............does it  
I could always apologise then,....................then      
LadySlip

My kinda girl It's the capacity to laugh after you've been upset that makes it alright
dan

ok............must remember to act upset  

will like this do?....
LadySlip

nope........depends how much rattling you take....upset is for girls .....i'm a bit more she-wolf cum tas of tasmania  
dan

I only said "act"...........I'd be more upset if i missed me moving target e OH

 
LadySlip

I think the best way oh's can make amends is to stand still and take wats comin to em ........   then we laugh then....... its ok
dan

the best way? its the only way, then they gotta apologise for getting you in a mood in the beginning   and if they dont its only right their  ignored for   a week!! ooooh atleast  

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