• Old Dell computer – hard disk problems


    I converted this old laptop to ChromeOS, originally with Neverware now ChromeOS Flex.

    The hard disk is having problems. I booted with WinPE to try and fix the disk but it doesn’t show up at all – no drive letter assigned.

    Crosh storage_test_1 is running more than 24 hrs without completing.

    What tool can I use (or boot from) to repair the hard disk and mark sectors bad?


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      Problematic disks (bad sectors etc) mean the disk is about to die and needs to be replaced.

      The most likely reason you can’t see the disk from WinPE is a lack of disk controller drivers.

      Try booting from a Linux disk. If you can see the disk and files you can copy them to an external USB hard disk as a simple backup, then work on the problem disk.

      cheers, Paul

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