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PC Dr HD521-2W on HP Pavilion m7434n Media Center

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After getting some unusual activity on our machine, we went into the Startup and were going to run the system recovery. We did a Hardware check first and received the PC Dr. message HD521-2W which I understand is a Hard Drive problem.

I am pretty new at this so excuse my verbiage in case it isn't right.

I'm hoping I can do the following...any thoughts?:

1. Install a new drive to replace the old one.

2. Go into the startup and try to run the internal System Recovery onto the new drive (I think it recoveries from a segment on the D drive, which seems to be running fine).

3. Put the old drive in a new slot to see if I can pull anything off it.

Will this work? Or should I install from the system recovery disks that I have?

Any thoughts?

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The problem with running from the "D" drive is it is probably the same drive as your "C" operating system drive. It's just a second partition on the same drive. If there is a problem with the "C", then reinstalling from the "D" is still going to leave you with the same problem.

If you possibly can see if you can buy a recovery CD set from H-P for your computer. I was able to buy a recovery set fro a Compaq SR2011WM computer which is 2 years old for $18. They recovered the OS even after i installed a replacement drive in the computer. A side note is that the replacement drive was a close replacement to the old drive( a WD sata 320 Gig drive instead of the original WD sata 250 G drive).

I have had good luck with using Paragon Drive Copy 8 to clone the complete OS from one drive to a new drive( that was not even close to the old drive (From a 40 gig to a 160 gig). I still have this computer running to date on the cloned drive, a year later.

The last resort is to buy a new HD and then buy a OEM Windows XP CD and reinstall that way. More expensive, yes, but if there is no other alternative, what can you do.

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