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My computer keeps telling me that my harddrive is damaged


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MicahRene10

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My PC keep telling me that my hardware is damaged. I dont kno which one it is. And it keeps telling me that I need to backup all my files, but I dnt know where to put it all. I really dont want my computer to crash or have anything else happen to it. Can anyone help me?

And sometimes it shuts down for no reason. Is that because of my harddrive being damaged?

I have a Dell Windows Vista; Intel Core Duo2.
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My PC keep telling me that my hardware is damaged. I dont kno which one it is. And it keeps telling me that I need to backup all my files, but I dnt know where to put it all.

You need to backup (copy) your data files to another storage medium such as another hard drive (external or internal) or to CD/DVDs. Once that's done, install a new hard drive, install Windows, install your Application Programs, and then restore your backed-up data files.

I really dont want my computer to crash or have anything else happen to it.

The only way to prevent that from happening is to never turn it back on. Use = Wear, and eventually enough wear = failure.

And sometimes it shuts down for no reason. Is that because of my harddrive being damaged?

Yes, it definately can be. Especially if the hard drive is so badly worn that it cannot correctly position the read/write heads. (This can also end up mangling/ruining/destroying any file that it tries to write back to disk).

You need to get your 'stuff' backed up ASAP. Hopefully the old, ailing hard drive will last long enough to allow you to get this part of the job done.
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Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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If you have a Toshiba HD, you might try Seagate's "SeaTools for Windows":

SeaTools for Windows is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the disc drive in your external hard drive, desktop or notebook computer. It includes several tests that will examine the physical media on your Seagate or Maxtor disc drive and any other non-Seagate disc drive.

SeaTools for Windows tests USB, 1394, ATA (PATA/IDE), SATA and SCSI drives. It installs onto your system. SeaTools for Windows is completely data safe.

http://www.seagate.c...nloads/seatools
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Tried Seagate on Toshiba and it reports false positive on them. Not a suggestion we advise of.

Edited by rshaffer61, 04 March 2010 - 07:16 AM.

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