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    fix my hard drive

    program that will boot from CD and will format hard drive and check for errors. i tried to reinstall vista on a dell labtop and it failed at the point when it starts up for the first time and u enter a user name.

    need to service the hard drive. it actually hasnt been used (rarely) its been in a closet for some time.

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    Re: fix my hard drive

    Check your HD.
    1) Boot DVD, & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
    2) Boot DVD, & Windows 7 Forums (for command prompt)
    Open an command prompt.
    In the command prompt, type chkdsk C: /x/r/v and press Enter.
    Check Disk - chkdsk

    Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

    Clean & format drive.
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    Re: fix my hard drive

    what is that combination performing, its at 70% of last stage, once finish do i re-install or see if it boots

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    Re: fix my hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
    what is that combination performing, its at 70% of last stage, once finish do i re-install or see if it boots
    /f = Fixes error
    /x = take drive offline.
    /r = do surface scan, check file integrity & fix any problems found.
    /v = verbose mode, display what CHKDSK is doing.


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    Re: fix my hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
    what is that combination performing, its at 70% of last stage, once finish do i re-install or see if it boots
    /f = Fixes error
    /x = take drive offline.
    /r = do surface scan, check file integrity & fix any problems found.
    /v = verbose mode, display what CHKDSK is doing.

    kwel. it finish but still doesnt boot after displaying microsoft splash screen it quickly shows a blue screens and reboots, i accidentally deleted the dell partition that contains the recovery image. so now im screwed and probably need a new drive. weird because this labtop is basically new hardly ever used and just sitting in a closet. i dont see how the hard drive would fail. ive got old hard drives that are probably 8 years old and sill work. im looking online for a dell copy of vista no luck. im install ubuntu 10.04 if that works and updates. do u still think it could be the hard drive. i was using a gateway OEM copy of Vista thinking once it installed i could just enter the product key on the labtop

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    Re: fix my hard drive

    A Gateway OEM copy of Vista will NOT WORK on a Dell.

    You can order Recovery DVD's from Dell, (may be a postage fee)

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    Re: fix my hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    A Gateway OEM copy of Vista will NOT WORK on a Dell.

    You can order Recovery DVD's from Dell, (may be a postage fee)

    anyhow it appears drive is bad, install Ubuntu. and it somewhat installed then i went to disc ultlity and it says there are a few bad sectors.

    it would work it just doesnt activate windows, because it will notice a different oem bios. u would be force to enter product key. if i had the oem dell, it would install automatically and wont require activation.

    ive used different oems cds/dvds on different system as long as u have a good key your good. but there something wrong with drive so i guess i have to look for a replacement or a program that will run from boot and try and repair sectors.

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    Re: fix my hard drive

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    i did above but i guess the hard drive is bad cause it didnt fix

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    Re: fix my hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by eldinv View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
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    i did above but i guess the hard drive is bad cause it didnt fix
    Have done one as well.

    Check with a hard drive diagnostic tools.
    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

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