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  1.    17 May 2016 #21
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    Seems the last time I posted SeaTools pic didn't load.
    You need to replace your hard drive a.s.ap. and backup your stuff.
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  2.    17 May 2016 #22
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    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    Seems the last time I posted SeaTools pic didn't load.
    You need to replace your hard drive a.s.ap. and backup your stuff.
    Is that possible with my Alienware model?? I don't think it is...
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  3.    17 May 2016 #23
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    SeaTools is giving a failure with the long generic test, clearly indicative of a failing hard drive.
    If you think I'm wrong, no problem for me but you'll make it only difficult for yourself.

    Failing hardware is always possible, though within the first period of time it is called faulty. Yes it is possible with every manufacturer.

    EDIT: do you mean replacement? I'm not very healthy ATM I'm feeling a little bit sick so excuse me if I've misread your post
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  4.    17 May 2016 #24
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    Oh lol, I meant replacement! Sorry, I should have been more clear. Hope you feel better soon
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  5.    17 May 2016 #25
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    If you have warranty, use it to replace the hard drive.
    If you have no warranty, search for a proper video to replace the hard drive (assuming you're not 100% sure about what to do) and do it yourself.
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  6.    17 May 2016 #26
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    Quote Originally Posted by axe0 View Post
    If you have warranty, use it to replace the hard drive.
    If you have no warranty, search for a proper video to replace the hard drive (assuming you're not 100% sure about what to do) and do it yourself.
    Ok sounds good. Should I mark this as solved then or should I wait until after I test out the new hard drive?
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  7.    17 May 2016 #27
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    I let that choice up to you
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  8.    19 May 2016 #28
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    Ok so I'm installing Windows 10 onto a brand new hard drive as we speak. Then I'm going to transfer over any files from the old hard drive to the new one (my laptop has 2 HDD slots). Question - could I simply format the broken hard drive and then reinstall Windows on it in order to keep using it?
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  9.    19 May 2016 #29
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    Another question/problem: I installed the new hard drive and used the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to put windows 10 onto a USB drive and then installed Windows 10 on the new hard drive's primary partition.

    I finished the installation and then upon starting it asked me to choose which volume I wanted to boot on a blue screen. The options were "Windows 10 volume 7" and "Windows 10 volume 3". Remembering from the screen where I had to choose which partition I wanted to install on, I naturally picked volume 7 because partitions 1-5 were for the original hard drive and partitions 6-10 (don't remember the exact amount) were for the 2nd hard drive.

    So then it finished installing and restarted one more time and on the blue screen with the two options above, the "Windows 10 volume 7" option was now simply "Windows 10" and the other option remained the same with "Windows 10 volume 3". Naturally, I picked the default (first option).


    Here is the strange part: All of my stuff is here! My files, my desktop background, my programs, everything is here. But I think this indicates that the 2nd hard drive is not working. Also, when I put in my PIN to login to Windows, the login was very slow - almost as slow as when I was having problems with the broken hard drive.

    I thought this was pretty strange, so I restarted and went to the BIOS. From there, I selected to boot from the 2nd hard drive. It gave me this screen:

    Attachment 80684

    So I restarted and this time I didn't use the BIOS to select the BOOT, I only waited until it gave me the blue screen with the 2 "Windows 10" options. I selected the first option, "Windows 10".

    Here is what appears after getting to the desktop and opening up File Explorer:

    Attachment 80683

    OS (C:) has a size of 640 GB, which corresponds to the broken hard drive.
    Local Disk (F:) has a size of 390 GB, which corresponds to the new hard drive.

    I'm really confused as to why this is happening. Could you help me out? Or would you like me to post this in a different section of this forum instead? Your call.
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  10.    20 May 2016 #30
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    Question - could I simply format the broken hard drive and then reinstall Windows on it in order to keep using it
    Yes and no, Yes it is possible but it isn't recommended to use a failing hard drive.

    Regarding the new problem, the best way to install Windows is to disconnect all hard disks other then the one you want to install on.
    This prevents problems and is also for the sake of ease.

    What your best option is:
    1. Remove the broken hard drive (disconnect it at least for the time of installation)
    2. In the installation setup delete all partitions on the new hard drive
    3. The installation setup will create everything it needs, don't create a new partition but just continue and wait.
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