buy new hard drive or laptop ?

October 6, 2019 at 13:21:01
Specs: Windows 7

my laptop got exposed to water...everything working fine (been a couple of months since) but the hard drive clicks and when it does..the computer hangs


sometimes it doesn't get pass the Samsung bios screen at start up ...clicks for several times then stops ..and just hangs there

should I buy a new laptop or replacing the HDD is suffice ? I'm kinda on a budget here that's why

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#1
October 6, 2019 at 13:34:50
Specifically, what do you mean by "exposed to water"? Dunked, rained-on, left outside? And the hanging may be from something else than the hard-drive (overheating, virus, board corrosion, etc). Also, what are the specs (make/model/RAM/HDD) of the machine?
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#2
October 6, 2019 at 13:44:16
Glass of water got tipped over and splashed all over the keyboard .

it's Intel i3 ..np300e5a is laptop model


when it clicks then it hangs. .always

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#3
October 6, 2019 at 13:55:31
It wouldn't hurt to just try a new HDD. They're reasonably cheap (non-SSD) now, and if that doesn't fix the issue, then you'd only need an external case to make it a backup-drive for a new machine.

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#4
October 6, 2019 at 14:44:00
I echo T-R-A in his suggestion re' trying a new drive; a lot cheaper than a new laptop etc.if it works out. And if it doesn't then you have spare external drive (once you put it in a usb case) for backup etc?.

Also - as it was "only" water... you may find drying out the system a little longer an advantage too. Typically one can put it (the laptop) in a plastic bag (which then seal) or some other air tight container; along with silica gel. Then leave it in a warm - NOT hot.. - place to dry out a little more. The silica gel with draw out any remaining moisture from within the closed container/bag due to whatever water/moisture remained within the laptop. Ideally leave the laptop open too within the bag/container. If no silica gel to hand - then wrap some raw rice in tissues and place that in the bag; or place the rice in shallow container with the laptop inside the bag. If possible remove any user removable panels from the bass too enhance air circulation, drying out process. Also ensure the laptop is slightly elevated above the silica gel or rice... to allow better air circulation.

You might recover the hard drive alone the same way...; as it's remotely possible that there is moisture still trapped within that device. That moisture damage giving rise to the head clicking etc. and may disappear if/when the drive is truly dry...If you do recover the drive that way I'd still be inclined to replace it asap; after cloning to a replacement drive, or otherwise transferring data...I certainly wouldn't trust it long term without a full backup..

If you're comfortable at removing the base cover do so and then blow warm - NOT hot - air through system for a while - before the above silica gel routine.

If time is not an issue - then with the base cover removed - leave the whole laptop simply in a warm place; wrap in paper towel or soft lintless cloth to protect from dust; for a day or so.

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#5
October 6, 2019 at 15:12:19
Run chkdsk, use Safe mode if you have to.

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutoria...
http://www.brazil-help.com/chkdsk.htm
http://www.wikihow.com/Run-a-Chkdsk...

Safe Mode.
Start > Run, Copy & Paste or type > chkdsk /f and hit Enter


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#6
October 9, 2019 at 16:44:23
would this ssd work on my laptop ?

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/produc...

np300e5a ...is my laptop


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#7
October 9, 2019 at 16:57:03
The info says it's for a desktop (likely a 3.5" drive) Almost all laptops use a 2.5" inch drive.

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#8
October 9, 2019 at 17:46:18
Specs for it say laptop... (and PC).

If to go in a desktop then it would use an adapter, and in a laptop then it’s fine as is.

The reviews say it works fine a laptop...

Presuming so the ought to be ok.

Personally I’ve gone exclusively with Crucial SSDs.

Not aware that SSD ever were made in 3.5 format; only in 2.5...


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#9
October 9, 2019 at 20:24:24
It will work fine in a laptop but if you get the Read/Write speed as advertised is an other question.
Certainly will speed up your boot and overall performance. Make sure the drive does not fill up more than 2/3 of it's capacity!! Why not get a 500GB SSD.... WD has cheaper deals than Samsung.



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#10
October 9, 2019 at 20:29:24
ya I got confused...I think when best buy means desktop as in it's not external or it's a typo

on another note .....I just realized the laptop screw to remove the cover for the ram and drive is totally messed up ...it's shaped like a hole rather than a cross ...I can't even open it

I tried using a cordless driver but to no avail ....tempted to take it to a computer shop ...


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#11
October 9, 2019 at 21:12:40
Sounds like you are trying the wrong way.

how to replace the memory np300e5a
http://bit.ly/35milhB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxD...

Screenshot from your manual.
https://www.directupload.net/file/d...

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#12
October 9, 2019 at 21:46:16
I'm a dumbass ...now another problem ...the screws are really small that's holding the hard drive...do I need a special type of screw driver ?

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#13
October 9, 2019 at 21:56:18
Looking at the video, it looks like a small star or phillips head screw.

how to replace the hard drive np300e5a
http://bit.ly/2IC4FFC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg8...

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#14
October 10, 2019 at 05:07:51
There are mini torx screws, mini (very...) small philips which often look like posidrive - but they are different.

These two links may help you see/determine the differences and which you have...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx

https://shop4fasteners.co.uk/blog/p... - shows the two latter clearly.

Usually it's min philips used; not sen mini torx much associated with drives; though possibly witgh "some" small electronics stuff, even the base of some laptops?


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#15
October 10, 2019 at 06:51:42
If you don't have the correct screw driver, improvise.
Maybe the pointy end of a metal nail file will do the job.

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#16
October 10, 2019 at 09:19:24
One must be "trés" careful when removing mini screws from around things like hard drives... Udderwyze one may end up not able to remove the item involved - due to damaged screw heads...?

Certainly worth obtaining a mini screwdriver kit that fits the job. There are mini service kits about on Amazon etc. and likely Radio Shack hill have something suitable too?

Just do a google trawl (search) for:

laptop screwdriver kits

and no end of them will crop up; all designed to allow the servicing of a lot of kit these days


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October 10, 2019 at 09:28:28

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#18
October 10, 2019 at 09:29:24
if not, any from this list?

https://www.canadacomputers.com/sea...


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#19
October 11, 2019 at 05:10:29
reporting back ...bought ssd and it seems to have fixed the issue

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#20
October 11, 2019 at 05:32:16
"seems to have fixed the issue"
Nice work, fingers crossed.

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