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Dropped my Laptop may have faulty Hard Drive

Q: Dropped my Laptop may have faulty Hard Drive

My sister dropped my laptop and I am worried I may have a faulty hard drive.

Is there any good tool out there which can thoroughly check my Hard Drive for ANY error at all?


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Preferred Solution: Dropped my Laptop may have faulty Hard Drive

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A: Dropped my Laptop may have faulty Hard Drive

Use something like SeaTools to check condition of HDD, link to download here
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A:dropped laptop damaged hard drive HELP

Hi bstvrhd,

The unit most likely at fault is the HDD. What I would recommend you to do is install Windows on an external Harddrive OR run an Ubuntu Live CD on an USB drive, and see if the problem persists. If all the above options run well, it's most likely the HDD. Thats where I would start atleast :)
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A:Dropped Hard drive

As long as it didn't land in a position that caused
the heads to crash into the platter,you are probably ok.
Probably want to keep an eye on it for a while anyway.
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A:Dropped Hard Drive

Yes, well dropping a hard drive is not good but that may not be the entire problem here.

If you take a hard drive with an operating system and put it in another computer with different hardware Windows will not be happy. If you formated the drive and reinstalled Windows then this is not a problem.

To test the drive, you can got to the manufacturer's website and download a diagnostics that when you run will install itself to a floppy disk. Then boot off that disk and run all the tests.

Since its a Maxtor: Downloads/ATA Hard Drives&downloadID=22

Also, does your computer support an 80GB drive? Older systems do not without a BIOS update. When the computer turns on and displays the hardware info does it show the drive capacity as 80GB? You can also enter the BIOS setup and use teh IDE Autodetection to setup the drive and check the capacity.

Lastly you willl want to make sure the drive is jumpered correctly - The primary drive needs to be set to Master using the jumpers on the back and any secondary drive on the SAME IDE cable must be set as SLAVE.
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A:External Hard Drive dropped

If the drive itself has died, (through heads hitting platters) then data recovery will be by laboratory means only and will cost thousands, if even possible.

The "ding" suggests the USB interface is OK, so have you actually checked the see if the drive is still plugged in OK inside the case, before we jump to conclusions?
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A:Dropped hard drive should I replace it?

They should be fine, the heads aren't above the platters like they are if you drop/bump it while its running. If they were in the box when they fell then I'm sure you will be fine, they are packaged to take a beating during shipping.

Even if they aren't you could either return them to the store, or RMA them.
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Dropping it probably has severely damaged it and is doubtful that it can be repaired. Someone else may be able to come along and give you another opinion but harddrives are fragile. You may be able to run a harddrive diagnostics on it via your system, but I would get anything you have loaded onto it that you can access and transfer it it to another harddrive, flash drive, etc.
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Please do not hijack the threads of others with your particular question. Please also do not post in multiple manner.

I've moved your above into your own thread and deleted your other identical posts.
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It is possible that the fall damaged the hard drive read/write heads, the hardware that positions the heads, and/or possibly the disc surfaces as well. This is particularly true if the drive was powered up at the time of the fall.

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I will ask a Moderator to escalate your issue. A failed hard disk is covered under warranty. You may be asked to provide the hardawre fail code that the test gave you. I hope you have your recovery media available. You will need the recovery media  to recover the notebook to its factory delivered state.
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A:Faulty Hard Drive??

From the hard drive's manufacturer's web site, download and run the diagnostic tool.
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Sounds like a bad drive.

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A:Faulty Hard-Drive?

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A:Faulty Hard drive? Or does XP just really suck

You can run diagnostics on the drive to rule out failure:

Depending on the brand:

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Good question!

First, what brand is the hard drive? Just about every manufacturer has their own diagnostic software. Go to their site and download it, and test the hard drive yourself.

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I have exactly the same problem with my sons Sony Vaio laptop as the member in thread:

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As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..
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A:Faulty power supply affect hard drive/computer performance?

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A:A Disk Read Error Occurred (pretty sure it's not a faulty hard-drive)

It is a Sony laptop, not really serviceable except by them, I did find this on Sony's site. You could try resetting the bios.
Sony eSupport - VGC-RC110G - Support
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A:Problem installing XP on new hard laptop hard drive

and welcome to the Forum

The recovery partition is on the original drive, which means you have to install XP the old fashioned way:

This assumes you have an XP Installation cd . . if not, you can request a replacement from Toshiba or borrow an OEM version from someone.

Was this a typo?

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A:Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive. Is Drive Geometry a Potential Problem?

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Did you say you just built a new PC but used old parts?
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A:Dropped laptop

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A:dropped my laptop

Hi, Shut down the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Bios option ( usually f10 ) and under the Advanced or Diagnostic tab you should find the facility to run a test on the Hard Drive.  Post back with the details of any error messages. Can you also post back with the following details. 1.  The full Model No. and Product No. of the notebook - see Here for a guide on locating this information. 2.  The full version of the operating system you are using ( ie Windows 7 64bit ).  Regards, DP-K
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A:Laptop Dropped...HELP!

Welcome to Tech Support Guy

It certainly could be the hard drive, if it is only that you are very lucky
It could be the motherboard
The first suspect is the hard drive, as presuming it is a spinning hard drive and not a solid state drive, the space between the read/write head and the disc is basically a hair`s breadth

Re the power and the dc jack - if the battery is still charged, you may eliminate that by booting battery only

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If it is ONLY the hard drive and you take it out, it will or should still boot and then report the lack of BOOT DISC

Also by taking it out and connecting it in an enclosure to another computer, if it is accessible you will know if it is good or not

Depending on your ability and knowledge, although I can guide you, this is either a situation we can attempt to find the cause of here OR you are, if you cannot carry out such tests going to have to resort to the paying type of service - from such as Best Buy.

Do you have the user manual
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A:Dropped laptop

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A:I dropped the laptop, now shutsdown?

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A:[SOLVED] Laptop dropped. How to fix ?

Do you or a friend have a standard monitor you can plug into the back of the laptop, just to see if it gets signal (possibly works)?

I only ask because you say it boots and you can even charge a phone, so it "may" just be the screen.

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A:Dropped my laptop recently....


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A:Dropped laptop, won't turn on - help

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A:I dropped my laptop. Hummmmph!

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Computer Does Not Start and Emits an LED or Beep Code | HP? Support

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A:Dropped laptop, now it freezes

Try removing the hard drive and memory and re-seating them... Is the LCD damaged?
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I'll update this thread as I investigate it more, but if anyone has any ideas, please chime in.

A:Dropped laptop -- Can't figure it out

Not much information to go on, (You didn't state what kind of Dell it is, or anything about it for that matter.)

This information is all from google.

8 Beeps on a dell typically means the LCD on system has failed, a 6 Beep code would mean you GPU.
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I researched, and I agree with Scorpian. Let it rest and dry out as soon as possible, it should be ok.

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Hi, From your description, I'd say you'll probably need to replace the HDD. See if you can run a test on it as follows. Shutdown the notebook.  Tap away at the esc key as you start the notebook to enter the Start-up Menu.  Select the Diagnostic Menu option ( f2 ) and see if you can run the tests on the Hard Drive. Post back with the results, including any error codes that may be generated. Regards, DP-K
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Sorry, it's kinda hard to type on this I pad.

A:Dropped and broken laptop

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A:I Dropped My Drive

Ladylisa525 said:

I have a Western Digital 1 TB My Book external hard drive with a 2.0 USB interface. On Tuesday morning as I was leaving my room my foot got tangle in my USB cord and I jerked my My Book onto the floor really hard. It did not break and the light still came on but it was unable to retrieve my information because it won't show up on my computer. All my music, videos, pictures and documents are on this hard drive. I don't know what I'm going to do if I can't get my information off the drive. I hope someone out there can help me retrieve my information, thank you.Click to expand...

If it was plugged in at the time, it is probably toast - sorry.