I believe I need to replace my existing HD on my Dell 8600 laptop. I ran Dell's diagnostics and I get error 0F00:0244 "uncorrectable data error or media is write protected." I've gotten this error in the past, but doing the chkdsk /r temporarily fixed the problem. Right now, however, I ran it again and it got to about 75% complete but then it said "the volume has unrecoverable errors" or something like that. While I was running this procedure, the hard drive made some loud clicking sounds (something it did not do the last time I ran this procedure), so I guess it is completely fried now because I tried simply booting into windows and it did not even recognize it.
Now I have an external hard drive and I thought I could run windows off that. So I pulled out my HD from my laptop and formated my external. It copied the files from the CD to the drive and said it would resume with the installation after the computer reboots. But when it tries to reboot, I get a blue screen with this technical info:
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF7C46640, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
I believe I got this same screen when my hard drive failed in the first place, but how can I get this screen (I'm assuming those numbers indicate a HD problem) when I don't have a HD currently in my laptop? I just want to make sure the problem is contained to just my HD instead of the motherboard or something, because if the latter, I think I would just go get a new computer instead. I don't want to order a new HD, realize it didn't fix the problem, and then have to go through the hassle of returning it back and shopping for a new laptop.
Thanks to anyone who can help out, I really appreciate it.