|"My laptop is a Gateway and the model number is MX6920"|
I tried looking it up and that works fine.
I ask for the Product number for HP and Compaq systems because in some cases I can't find the proper info without that - people often state their model incorrectly.
See if you can order Recovery disks
NOTE that they are doing something and the web page will not be available until March 1st
""SMART failure predicted on Hard Disk 2: WDC WD1200BEVS-00LATO- (S1)"
The SMART error reporting is designed to only notify you of a problem when something is seriously wrong. If an error is reported it shouldn't be ignored.
The model is WD1200BEVS - 120gb
It's an older SATA drive - max burst data transfer speed 1.5 gbits/sec = 150 mbytes/sec
SATA = Serial ATA drive - it transfers data using a serial method
EIDE = Enhanced IDE - After SATA drives came out they have been also called PATA drives
PATA = Parallel ATA - All types of hard drives that first came out previous to SATA drives transfer data a parallel way
ATA = AT Attachment - without the S, or with the P, it's = IDE or EIDE
EIDE drives are IDE drives that were made in the late 90's or later that can transfer data a faster way using an Ultra DMA mode - Direct Memory Access mode. Max burst data transfer speeds 33mb/sec, 66mb/sec, 100mb/sec, or 133mb/sec (mbytes/sec).
Most new desktop EIDE drives > 80gb are capable of 133mb/sec. Most new laptop drives are capable of 100mb/sec
The first PC computers that used IDE = ATA = PATA drives were the IBM AT series (286 cpu computers).
IDE = Integrated Drive Electronics - All hard drives that first came out previous to IDE drives had minimal electronic circuits on the drive's board and most of the electronics circuits on a drive controller card - the drive required the card.
IDE / EIDE / PATA drives have all the required electronic circuits on the drive's board, and the connection to the IDE header / the mboard is a relatively simple connection.
All laptop SATA drives are the same physical size and use the same connections.
(All laptop IDE or EIDE drives are the same physical size and use the same connections.)
A new SATA drive will probably have SATA II specs - max burst data transfer speed 3.0 gbits/sec = 300 mbytes/sec.
You can probably buy any size and it will work.
Freezes in Windows are caused by all sorts of things.
It's unpredictable what a hard drive that is failing will do.
You could try this, if the computer will run Windows for at least a few minutes.
"I only seem to get 15 minutes max out the laptop before everything freezes"
15 minutes should be more than enough.
Start - Run
Type: cmd ,click OK or press Enter
Type: CHKDSK /F C: , press Enter
Answer Yes to questions.
Close the black Window.
Restart the computer.
Let CHKDSK run.
When CHKDSK /F finds bad sectors it attempts to copy any data on them to spare good sectors, and it "flags" the location of the bad sectors so the operating system will not use them.
That may result in more time between freezes.
"If it was you in my sitation would you even try cloning via Maxblast (using a disc with Linux and Maxblast)"
"I figured cloning would be best to have to avoid finding all relevant software downloads again, especially ones I paid for that I don't have a key code for anymore."
Where were the codes? In email ? Have you deleted the email ? Did you print them ?
Some codes can be retrieved from the Registry by using Regedit .
Which programs need codes ?
If they are games, you can often, on the maker's web site
- supply your email address to get your user name via email (Forgot User Name ?)
- retrieve the code by supplying your email address and your user name
- download the game again
"What exactly is a partition?"
Search for something such as: what is "hard drive partition" on the web.