A friend brought over her eMachine last night- she went to bed and it was fine and when she got up it wouldn't boot. Just kept hanging at the screen loading drivers- I tried her OEM recovery dvd's and the only option it gave was a full back to factory format which was fine with her but didn't work. Did some research on the model # (w3653
) and found it came with a WD hd so downloaded their Lifeguard software and Gateway's gwscan- both said the hard drive was toast (tried zero'ing the hd with gwscan and it wouldn't even do that). I did get into DOS long enough to try chkdsk/r and fix mbr but no joy. Tried resetting the CMOS battery and then replacing it, double-checked all connections were properly seated and connected while I had it open and then plugged it in with my own power cord just in case but it was none of those and I got the same result. She asked me today about 'the clicking' that it does 'every now and then the last few weeks'. So yeah, I'm pretty sure it actually is the hard drive LOL!
Anyway, she has zero money right now- she's living off of $70 a week as income- but she did have $100 set back for a trip she now can't take so I'm thinking if I can find her an internal hd that meets the same specs as the original I can't imagine it would come anywhere near her limit BUT what I'm wondering is this: If I track one down, she buys it, I pop it in there- can I even use the OEM Recovery dvd's to restore the operating system from a totally new drive? I've always been fortunate in being able to clone my failing drive to a new one before having to replace so haven't dealt with this before and it's a little beyond my comfort level to try and guess- really appreciate any help with this!
Edited by Quin1234, 29 April 2010 - 03:34 PM.