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The windows products are both the same, only the packaging is different.   OEM software, not transferable to a different system once activated.

 

It looks very much like the 500GB drive has died.

Try connecting it in your system, on it's own, as the Boot drive.   

Can you feel any vibration or sound from the drive?


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No vibration or heat from that device when it was plugged in. I don't get it, it has just been sitting in the computer, not connected or being used for like 8 months, and then just the other day, was the first time it's been used since and it doesn't work....

 

For the Windows, I will be safe just buying the license and media one then, right? I don't care about using it on a different computer.


Edited by heartgrave, 19 August 2014 - 06:29 PM.

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Yes, either will be OK from BestBuy or reputable dealer.

Have a close look at the PCB of the drive, can you see any obvious damage, like a blown chip or diode?


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Only thing I can find that may be it is this. That little black thing on the inside circle looks like something maybe arc'ed it?

 

My edit is the 2nd picture after a closer look at it. That discoloration on the circuit board.

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I think its fried.

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Green thing on the left is some foam thing that looks burnt.

 

Sorry for the multiple pictures.

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Edited by heartgrave, 21 August 2014 - 03:32 PM.

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I think that's a RIP drive.   If the Data was absolutely essential to have, you could use a specialist recover service.   would probable cost $700 + with no guarantee of success.

With a good how to, you may be able to replace the PCB.

 

What are you plans now?


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Plans now is just to use the 1TB HDD that he had.

 

If needed, I may just go with replacing the PCB.


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To wipe the hard-drive, do I use Dban or can I just insert the new Windows 7 disc?


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If the HDD has been used before wipe it with DBan as it will ensure a clean install, if the drive has not been used installing Windows 7 to its own partition will be fine as it will format the partition as part of the installation procedure, make sure that the partition is at least 120GB to allow for all of the present and future updates.


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Thank you!


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You are welcome  :)


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OK, so I boot from DVD drive and booted from USB drive. DBAN does not start but loads Windows right up. Disabled all other items such as the HDD, USB, whatever was on the boot list except the item I wanted to boot from and hit F10 to save and exit. This time the system loads up saying No boot file found. So pretty much, its preventing me from running DBAN.


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Nevermind, I fixed it. I re-downloaded it, re-iso burned it and changed the boot order again to the dvd rom and this fixed it. It's wrecking the HDD as we speak.


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Not literally I hope  :alarm:


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