Archive for the ‘Hard Drives’ Category


Has My Hard Drive Failed?

Dear Computer Lady, I have a 4 year old quad core desktop running Win 7 Ultimate. All of a sudden my hard drive made noises and turned itself off. I ran Spinrite for 3 days and it seemed to “cure” the problem. However, the PC shut down after a couple of hours of normal use. […]

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Startup Repair

Dear Computer Lady, For the last 2 months my toshiba pc, running win vista, keeps doing a startup repair every time i start it, but then it tells it could not fix it and to send info to microsoft, and then it shuts down. I start it again and 50/50 it starts up,,but not always […]

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Can I Delete Files on D?

Dear Computer Lady, C & D have the same identical files. Can I delete the D files? Teddy

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Computer Hard Drive Damage

Dear Computer Lady, During one of the strong tstorms a couple of weeks ago, my desktop computer went down. The internet modem was fried and I needed a new one. Questions: Any way of getting off or cleaning up the information on the computer or taking the hard drive out before giving it up? Thanks […]

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Running Programs From Old Hard Drive

Dear Computer Lady, New Computer –Windows 7 Professional. If I put my old hard drive-XP- in a case and use as an external hard drive on the new computer, will I be able to use the Microsoft Office 97 which is on the old hard drive? I don’t have Microsoft Office on my new computer. […]

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Cleaning Up Old Hard Drives

Dear Computer Lady, I made the mistake of donating my computer without the hard drives. I took them out (2, as I had to replace it during its life) to make sure it wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands…without using my brains as to how I was going to be able to clean them out […]

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Laptop Disposal Precautions

Dear Computer Lady, First a big thank you for all that I’ve learned from your letter. Now, I am having to get rid of a lap top computer. The screen is no longer good. My question is, is there a hard drive on a lap top that can be removed before you dispose of it? […]

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Disk Boot Failure Message

Dear Computer Lady, When I turned on my PC yesterday I got a message: “Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter”. I inserted my recovery disk in and nothing happened, I got the same message. Is there a different disk I am suppose to insert? My PC is a 9 year old Compaq. […]

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Files Are Gone After Recovery

Dear Computer Lady, Hello my name is Bob, and I really could use the help of an expert!!! I have a dell dimension desktop 64 bit gaming computer using window’s vista home premium. I was in safe mode several week’s ago trying to do a system restore and trying to watch an NBA playoff game […]

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Software To Backup Hard Drive

Hi Elizabeth, longtime subscriber, Love your site. I saw in today’s newsletter in the first question response — that a virus or other malware can cause so much trouble it’s better to just backup your hard drive files and do a clean install of windows. You mentioned this is what you do often in your […]

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