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Laptop hard drive broke. How do I fix it?

My laptop hard drive broke. I have an idea of how to fix/replace it and recover the data but want to know if my plan makes sense. [more inside]
posted by pravit on Nov 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Speculate on what is wrong with my Macbook Pro

Something is pretty clearly wrong, and it seems to be hardware, but it's sporadic enough that it's hard to say what, and I'd rather not have a repair person just guess. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 31, 2014 - 14 answers

RAID-0 HD Replacement After Laptop Repair?

What do I need to know about my RAID-0 configured hard drives before removing them to send my laptop away for repair? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Aug 23, 2013 - 5 answers

external usb drive suddenly slow. recovery approaches?

my external hard drive is suddenly really slow. I'm pretty anxious. What now? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Dead drive DIY hardware-level data recovery?

Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Is it a computer or a doorstop?

Please help me decide whether this laptop should be repaired or tossed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

No video input detected on bootup.

Computer froze completely during a game, all subsequent downloads of various installer files were corrupt. BSODs galore. Now, when I turn on my computer, no video input is detected whatsoever. Next step? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Jul 13, 2009 - 19 answers

Need help with a computer diagnosis.

Computer Diagnostic Help and Interpretation, Please: My son inherited an 8-year-old Dell Dimension L933r from his grandpa. It had been upgraded to Windows XP and had an additional hard drive installed. It was working smoothly for us for almost a year, but recently it went into an infinite reboot loop (which we couldn't resolve ourselves) and we took it to an independent computer repair guy (details and questions inside). [more inside]
posted by amyms on Dec 13, 2008 - 16 answers

How do I boot off of someone else's internal hard drive on my laptop?

Running XP on my computer, off of someone else's internal hard drive [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Dec 3, 2008 - 10 answers

Can I replace my dead old Thinkpad HDD with a generic one?

I have an ancient Thinkpad 570, and the hard drive finally died. Hardware not recognized. I've pulled out the old one (it rattles ominously) and am wondering if I can replace it with a new generic laptop drive, rather than having to go with overpriced proprietary stuff. [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Jul 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Help me find my old hard drive.

Why would my hard drive show up in the BIOS, but not in Windows? [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX on May 7, 2008 - 10 answers

Honest and skilled Apple shop in Hollywood, FL?

I would like to find a computer shop in the Hollywood, FL area that can replace the hard drive in my fiancee's iBook G4. It's way too complicated for me to do it myself so DIY is not an option. Apple's "genius bar" refuses to do it so I guess we need to find a local computer tech shop. Any recommendations on a skilled and trustworthy place?
posted by R_Nebblesworth on Feb 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Aren't the Mac Geniuses usually right?

Am I courting disaster by doubting the Mac Genius? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jun 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Replace HD on Powerbook or new Macbook?

Powerbook 12" G4 is borking itself. HD problem. a) Replace HD or b) entire computer? If b) How much can I sell this thing for? Also is a 12" Alu Macbook available anytime soon? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Oct 9, 2006 - 15 answers

How bad a shape is my hard disk in?

When my hard drive started clicking, I backed it up. What now? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Sep 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Are they all going to make fun of me?

So it looks like my iMac G5 hard drive died some time this afternoon while the computer was on and I was not in front of it. Great! I'm still covered by warranty, so there's that. BUT. When the hard drive died... I, err, may have been in the process of downloading porn through BitTorrent. (Nothing illegal, but y'know, it's porn.) Obviously I have to bring this computer in for repair, and will probably have to give the HD to some kind of data-recovery service, and so when some techno-wizard hopefully gets things going again, there that porn file will be, sitting right out on my desktop. This happens all the time, right? Are they going to be scandalized? (I am in NYC, so my guess is no, but...) What level of humiliation or other problems am I looking at here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2006 - 16 answers

Why do I let Apple own me?

Have you used ipodmods? My ipod's hard drive just kicked the bucket and the apple "genius" told me ipodmods could replace it...but I'm not exactly comfortable putting my iPod in a box and mailing it out into the unknown. [more inside]
posted by ebeeb on Feb 2, 2006 - 6 answers

Neither a brain surgeon nor particularly ham-fisted, should I dissassemble my iBook?

The internal hard drive on my G3/600Mhz iBook is not long for this earth. I'm looking for advice from MeFis who have replaced the drive themselves; specifically, if faced with the task again would you say "Hell no!" or rather "Wow, that wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be"? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 13, 2005 - 17 answers

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