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how to detect a bad hard drive?


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t3ddyb3ar21

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I am restoring a computer for a friend. My problem is it takes hours to restore windows xp home. i have done the installtion before and it never took this long, do we need to purchase a new hard drive? Its a dell Dell Dimension 4550, not 100 percent sure but no more then 4 years old and no newer then a year. When I get to the select language pop up during the installation, the mouse lags and the computer key board typing lags a great deal.

any help is appreciated. thanks!
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Since you've probably already removed Windows I'd say go to the HDD makers site and download diaagnostic tools to a floppy. Dell usually uses Maxtor, but check to be sure, if so you can get Power Max and install it to a floppy. If you have windows now you can install MaxBlast4 and run it's diagnostics. If it's another brand go to that makers site.
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okay thanks i will try it out.
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kinda old thread but, i totaly did checks and i find out its probably the motherboard.
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