Hard Drive Damaged?

April 12, 2009 at 04:59:11
Specs: Windows Vista
My laptop hard drive stopped working so I replaced it with a 200gb drive. this stopped working after a few days. When I put it in a caddy on my desktop it now only shows 9gb total. I bought a new 120gb and after 1 day, this now shows only 24gb total. Can my Laptop be damaging my hard drives? Are they repairable? thanks

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April 12, 2009 at 06:57:27
Well it might be better if you check the temperature of your computer. You must always use a colling pad when you using it so much. Because over heating laptops can damage some components. Also try get that lap top check to a computer technician. They might discover that your computer is having a board malfunction because of some short circuit.

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April 12, 2009 at 09:07:32
I suspect the info you're getting is not accurate. Generally, the symptoms of a damaged drive are not reduced drive space.

Are the 9 gig and 24 gig figures the total drive space, the partitioned space, the unpartitioned space, the used space on the partition or the unused space on the partition?

You may want to run the drive manufacturer's diagnostics on the drives. If the drives were new that utility should be on the disk that came with them. If not, it should be on their web site.

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April 12, 2009 at 09:38:33
The hard drive controllers on laptops are more restrictive than those on desktops. What may be happening is that you are installing drives with incompatible capacities. If the controller can't configure the drive properly then you can end up with weird issues.

The way to sort this out is this. Watch the POST screens at start up to see exactly how the BIOS is configuring the hard drive. You should see the model number and the FULL capacity displayed in the POST screens.

If all you see prior to Windows starting are logo screens then you need to boot into the setup (BIOS) screens and disable fast boot and all logos. Restart and you should then see the POST screens.

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