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Computer Woes 3: Return of the IDE

Okay okay, lame, I know, bite me.

Ooookay. So cables have been yanked from the hard drive(1), and the whole thing has been re-tested, using the boot from the cd thingymajiggy. And that test turned up no errors, everything passing, since the hard drive was unplugged. So, great Yodas of the computer world, I humbly ask: what does this mean? Hard drive borked? Or what? (And if that's the quicker and cheaper fix, I think I might actually be hoping for that, despite what it means for data...)

(1) - After a small kerfluffle during which I ended up forgetting that down was up and up was down now, and ended up unplugging my cd drives(2), which is why there were two "hard drives" when I didn't THINK I had two. Then I couldn't figure out why it wouldn't let me boot from the damn CD...

(2) - And accidentally broke an imp's ear (sample bottle of perfume) that I didn't realize was sitting close to my computer tower, so now my computer room reeks of Alice(3).

(3) - And for once, I'm weary enough that I'm not even going to make the obvious joke. -_-


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Dec. 1st, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Man, I would sooo yell at you for the chick/computer stuff, if I had a leg to stand on, here. ^^;;

Blah, guess I'll have to try to see if the computer store is open tomorrow (if I'm still awake enough to even go there) and try to pick up a new hard drive, and see if I can install it... time for fun! And by "fun" I mean "pain in the ass-ness," but hey.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
The good news is you have all of your Dell discs to reinstall the program software.

Also, if you can get both the new and old drive hooked up at once, then you might be able to find that the old drive is a little fixable, or at least accessible once you aren't trying to boot from it, and be able to rescue data as well. This isn't wildly likely, but it's a nice thought I guess.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, being able to reinstall the OS and shipped apps is a definite plus.

As for the drive...it MIGHT be workable, but even if she could get the machine to boot with that drive plugged in, I suspect it would have to be plugged in to a separate controller, as it's flaking the mainboard controller out just by its presence, and installing PCI ATA adapters is probably not on Laura's list of things she's terribly interested in.

That said, you may be able to mount the drive in an external USB case ($30), and plug it in to a USB port once you have the new drive installed and the machine back up and running.
Dec. 1st, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Heh, yeah, if I don't even know what all the shiny letters mean, chances are I won't wanna try to do it right out of the gate, ya know?

Anyhow, thanks guys, I mean it!
Dec. 1st, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, current USB hard drive cabinets are very easy to work with. The main problem will probably be to remove the old drive from the computer and installing the new one, but it should be covered pretty good in the owner's manual (which probably can be found as a PDF on the Dell startup disc that came with the computer).

If you bring the old drive to the computer store where you buy the USB drive cabinet, they might very well install the drive for you, if you ask for help.