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    Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Hello all, any info would help, i am running a hp pavilion7965 1700, windows xp home and for two years now on start-up i receive a message that the smart monitor has predicted a hard drive failure: back up your system and replace your hard drive!
    my hard drive is 80 gigs maxtor #4d080h4 5400 rpm( i think anyway)
    i am wanting to buy a seagate 160 gig 8mb cache #st3160023a-rk 7200 rpm.
    my problem is i, being a newbie i do not know if will work in my box, i get confused when they talk about, eide, ide, ata, ata/100, ata/100ultra connectors etc.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Hi! And welcome to the lounge!

    I had the same type of question several months ago which starts with this <post:=422,055>post 422,055</post:> Maybe you can use some of this information to get you started until someone else supplies a better answer for you. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    You are correct about your current drive - it is a 5400 rpm ide drive. If you have been receiving this message for two years now and the drive hasn't died, I would run a chkdsk with the repair option and then a defragmentation and see if the warning persists.

    As for all the confusing terminology, have a look at this article . Hope this helps a bit, and welcome to the Lounge.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    i want to thank everyone for your help, and so quickly!!
    right now i have another big problem, i tried a thread to fix the "F"lock on my keyboard and after it i could not start my machine. [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img]
    i'm in the process of downloading updates, anti virus........lost all my pic's of my new grandbaby [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img] sorry i'm groaning but have been at it since 4pm eastern time....hope to talk at ya later....thanks again for the welcome folks....jim
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    <hr>i tried a thread to fix the "F"lock on my keyboard<hr>
    What exactly do you mean by this? I presume that you have a Logitech keyboard by your reference to the "F-Lock" feature, but I'm not clear on what it is that you are trying to accomplish.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    FYI, newer MS keyboards have this 'feature' also.

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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Good to know - thanks, Joe. It's been a while since I went keyboard shopping.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Whew!! finally got it up and running.
    the "F" lock thing on my microsoft optical keyboard i was trying to fix was a registry entry that i downloaded from here, it said restart and boy that is when all heck broke loose! couldn't start-up, finally i F10'd it and it did a destructive restore and i lost everything.
    spent a lot of time updating virus, pest patrol, micro updates, sp2 etc.
    i guess there is no way to get my pictures back?
    thanks again for your help
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    thank you very much Rebel, very inforamtive article
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Jim,
    Could you point us to which post or thread that contained the "registry fix" to which you refer? Thanks.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Edited by cbaldrey to include post tag, rather than the long, hard to read, URL <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    <post:=517,543>post 517,543</post:>

    i hope this right rebel, i copied and pasted the number
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Hello Jim,

    Just incase you're following along, and didn't understand my edit to your post, I simply copied the <!t>[Post ###,###]<!/t> for the post you referenced, into the body of your message. Thus, <post:=517,543>post 517,543</post:> appears like magic.
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    Re: Newbie here..Internal Hard drive

    Was it a restore from an OEM provided restore CD or hidden partition? Or was it an install from a Microsoft OS cd? If you installed from an MS CD and did not format the drive as part of the install your pictures should still be there. BTW, this is the primary reason many people partition their drives isolating the programs and data. Also, this is another prime example for backing up your system regularly and particularly before making changes.

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