Should I replace my crashed hard drive or try hooking up an external drive to the PC?

by on October 15, 2009

Q: My hard drive has crashed. Should I replace it or can I just hook up an external drive and continue using the PC?


3 Responses to “Should I replace my crashed hard drive or try hooking up an external drive to the PC?”
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    This depends a lot on what you mean by crashed. What happens when you try to turn the computer on?

     
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    I get the old “inaccessible boot device” error with Blue Screen, and my friend said the hard drive is shot….

     
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    Drive is probably fine, OS is just screwed up. If you don’t care at all about the data a drive wipe and OS reinstall should get you back on your feet.

    If you want make sure the drive isn’t toast go to the harddrive manufacturer’s website and grab a copy of their drive diagnostic software. Most are bootable from a CD/DVD and they’ll test your drive to see if dead or not. If it is dead, you can then check with the manufacturer’s website to see if you can get a warranty replacement for the drive. Many have a 3-5 year warranty.

    If you want to try to get data off the drive, download knoppix (koppix.net) burn that to a dvd and boot your pc from the dvd. You should be able to then copy any files you want to keep off to another drive before wiping the harddrive and doing a fresh OS install.