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Help appreciated: repeated hard drive failure on Inspiron 6000 *

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June 3, 2009 7:29:50 PM

Hello all,

Starting around last week, after using the systems for a while and usually when making a hard drive read (hypothetical), the OS gets a fatal error, laptop reboots, and I get the "Read failure on internal hard drive."

I have been using my laptop for more than 3.5 years and though always doing computationally intensive work, have never experienced problems as bad as this.

I'm guessing that the hard drive has reached its limit. The first time that this occurred was two weeks ago, when I was installing a windows update, the system reports a fatal error, and I simply restarted a few times and everything returns to normal. Last week however, when I was starting Visual Studio 2005 the boot sector became corrupt it never recovered, and by using the linux and windows setup cds I could see that my partitions are still there, but are listed as empty. And when it happened again today (twice now), it recovered by itself after I left it turned off for a while. However, I'm not that knowledgeable about hardware so I wonder if any one could help me find out what's actually going on.

I'm thinking about buying a new hard disk, but since I am not reasonably positive whether this is a hard drive issue I don't want to spend the money not reassured to some degree that is the solution.

Any pointers, suggestions will be appreciated, thanks in advance.
a b G Storage
June 4, 2009 12:00:08 PM

Hi rand_jian, from what you've described it seems that your hard disk has worn itself out. Have you ran disk-checking utilities like chkdsk?

One more thing you can try is reformat and reinstall everything. If the problems continue, then it's time for a new hard disk, my friend.
June 4, 2009 8:45:19 PM

r_manic said:
Hi rand_jian, from what you've described it seems that your hard disk has worn itself out. Have you ran disk-checking utilities like chkdsk?

One more thing you can try is reformat and reinstall everything. If the problems continue, then it's time for a new hard disk, my friend.


Thanks, r_manic, I've tried reinstalling everything, and I'm still getting random fatal errors in both linux and windows. So I guess I should try to buy a new hard disk.
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a b G Storage
June 5, 2009 3:23:40 AM

You can try one more thing... if you can borrow a spare laptop hard disk (not a new one obviously) you can try it with your laptop.
October 5, 2009 11:19:33 PM

Thanks again r_manic from 4 months later ^_^. I installed a new hard drive a while back and it's all working and well now.
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