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Dad's computer won't start

By Habylab
Jun 5, 2008
  1. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    did you run DFT
     
  2. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Website was down, Downloading now...
    EDIT: The file isn't on the server!
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes I noticed that too

    It's still down for my side at the moment :(
     
  4. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    hey try again it looks like it is up now if not I can upload it to a site and then give you the link
     
  5. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I have done it now, don't worry!
    It took ages, so i had to quit.
    But i am going to leave it on while at school, so if you could tell me if it has some finish screen that will be there still when i get back? Or will it restart without me knowing the results?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Here's that link again DFT (original link not exactly right)

    Also here's the guide for that Drive Fitness Test ISO
    And some important info from it:
    Running the Erase Disk, Erase MBR or Sector Repair functions on non-Hitachi/IBM disk drives is not supported by DFT.
    This program is only designed to work with HGST hard drives


    For that reason, here are some more Drive Diagnostic test disks: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html
     
  7. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    dont worry about that I use it on any hdd it is my #1 tool for HDD Diagnostic. Yes it will have a finish screen just post the code it give you here
     
  8. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    It found an error:
    Disposition code: 0x72
    How do i fix this?
     
  9. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    0x72
    Device S.M.A.R.T. Error.
    The Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) has detected a drive problem. The
    drive may fail soon and should be replaced as soon as possible.
     
  10. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Can't log-on to windows without freezing! Arggh.
    I'll try to buy a new one.
    My parents think it is my fault! My dad has been away, and my mum is saying "Your the one who has been using it"!
    I try to tell them about the bootable cd's but they won't listen...
     
  11. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    How? Help me! Please
     
  12. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    can you log onto safe mode with out it crashing. Or you can also get a boot cd such as UBCD4WIN
     
  13. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I think he might have a memory leak, because of the high memory usage.
    In answer to your question, Yes but nothing runs.
    Also, my Dad is back from work after a week and he is blaming me, and wants me to phone up this tech guy. I've tried to fix it! Why is he blaming me?
    Should i ask him if i can get a hijackthis log?
     
  14. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    I have just downloaded UBCD4 and running setup now! It has loads of tools!!!!!!
    Does it run all of them at once?
     
  15. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    no you need an xp sp2 cd so you can create a bootable cd this will only help you recover data you will not be able to fix a bad hard drive you need to buy a new one
     
  16. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    Ok.... My dad is really angry!
     
  17. xxdanielxx

    xxdanielxx TS Rookie Posts: 1,069

    all you can do is backup the documents, music, pictures and get a new hard drive
     
  18. Habylab

    Habylab TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 263

    How if i can't get into the computer?
     
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Just to be very clear here

    You have purchased a new internal HardDrive. Yes/No
    You have installed Windows again Yes/No
    Your old faulty HardDrive is sitting on the desk Yes/No
    You still want to try to backup your old drive Yes/No
    Have you tried backing it up using an external USB HardDrive connection Yes/No
    Is there anything else I've not covered Yes/No
    Also I can't even remember if this is a Desktop or Laptop! This thread is very long
     
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