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iluvfishies01

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iluvfishies01

When I start my sony laptop up, the screen says "SMART failure predicted on hard disk..."

 

I know I have a harddrive problem. My question is... Is there a way to fix this or do I just have to replace the entire harddrive?

 

I'm a bit familiar w/ desktops but i'm not so familiar w/ laptops. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch.

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A SMART error is a hardware issue, the drive will have to be replaced. How long it will work until failure is the real question. I had one last 2 years and not fail, and I worked with another that died in 10 minutes. Either way I'd recommend backing everything up and getting a new drive, feel free to shoot me any other questions about it.

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iluvfishies01

Do you know how I can figure out which harddrive. It's a sony model number pcg-4a1l.

 

I think it's a hitachi harddrive, but I'm not exactly sure. I can't seem to find this online.

 

Thanks so much for your help.

 

Is it as easy to install a laptop HD as it is a desktop HD?

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SHould be really easy, probably easier than a desktop, theres usually an access panel somewhere that wil have a couple screws and will pop the whole drive out, then you just shove the new one in and screw the panel back on. It doesn't matter what brand you get, I'll do a little research on what kind of drive that comp has exactly and I can recommend you a new one.

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Ok looks like it just uses a standard 2.5" IDE HD, I'm not sure how big the one you have is, but your best bet on a replacement would be this hitachi 80gb from tiger direct.

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1277

 

For another $5 you can get a 100gb samsung

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1277

 

And if you want the 7200rpm hi-speed 80gb you'l be looking at about 90

 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=1277

 

Don't know if you have ever dealt with Tigerdirect.com before, but they;re great and ship faster than any other computer site I've dealt with. Hopefully that'll get you back on your feet!

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iluvfishies01

i know that the stock one is a hitachi 40G 5400 rpm. would it be alot of trouble to upgrade? would it be tougher on me?

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newegg is cool too, Tiger gets it to me overnight for the price of ground shipping cause their distro center is really close

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