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Old 10-15-10, 06:01 PM   #13
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would I need some kind of adapter for that? I'm pretty sure it has some kind of weird laptop connector. This computer gets very warm now as well but whenever I pull the ram cover or hd cover off, there is no dust to be seen. I guess its time to pull it all apart and dust this sucker out.

I just reflashed the bios and that didnt fix anything, but I'm pretty sure the hd is just goofed. The hitachi website is releasing a realignment tool in 3 days so I'll try to give that a go and see what happens

http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/
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Old 10-15-10, 06:16 PM   #14
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nekro is on the right track i think
slave the drive

command prompt

change directory to slave drive

command prompt

chkdsk /f /r

if not that then perhaps your systemboard is failing.

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would I need some kind of adapter for that? I'm pretty sure it has some kind of weird laptop connector. This computer gets very warm now as well but whenever I pull the ram cover or hd cover off, there is no dust to be seen. I guess its time to pull it all apart and dust this sucker out.

I just reflashed the bios and that didnt fix anything, but I'm pretty sure the hd is just goofed. The hitachi website is releasing a realignment tool in 3 days so I'll try to give that a go and see what happens

http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/
it will have a weird laptop connector but just pull it off , or unscrew the caddie

Edit it may have two little screws holding the weird connector on
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Old 10-15-10, 07:59 PM   #16
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ah is there a sata hiding underneath possibly? Hitachi scsi drive. I just did a complete teardown ~30 screws and had the motherboard out. I wanted to do this just for dust, which there wasn't much of actually. I put a little arctic silver on the cpu and likely gpu next to it. The fan is pretty much enclosed with the cpu cooler so it doesnt pull dust into the system. Didn't fix the boot problem but seems like the fan isnt running so hard. The ram practically burns you if you touch it after its been running.
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Old 10-16-10, 01:07 AM   #17
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oh nice there was an adapter for the laptop hookup and found the sata hookups underneath. This is good to know...slipped under my radar. Will test in the morning
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Old 10-16-10, 01:29 PM   #18
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well plugged it in and when I boot into the diagnostic utility it finds the drive but when I start the test it stalls and gives me 0x20 error which is device not present. I click rescan bus and the drive disappears. This happens every time. Fishy. I booted and looked at smart status. I'm assuming this is the problem

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now that I've put it back in the laptop after playing with it on my desktop it seems the problem has disappeared and it boots normally now. Interesting
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Your drive may be failing. As a precaution, I'd back everything up that's important- pictures, music, documents, etc.
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Your drive may be failing. As a precaution, I'd back everything up that's important- pictures, music, documents, etc.
+1 replace the hdd
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Old 10-18-10, 01:59 PM   #22
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Yea since college is over and I don't use this laptop for anything more serious than browsing the web and watching videos on the tv I think I'll just live it out until it dies. I'm sure heat was the culprit. Thanks guys
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