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  1. #31


    It should have booted to the GUI but it didnt get that far dues to lots of errors so it seems the drive it that bad it cnt be read. The only other thing that is could be as it shows I/O errors is the drive cable or port it may be worth getting a new cable and trying it on another port. If its still the same the drive is toast

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  2. #32


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    what cable are you referring to exactly? What is the drive cable? And where is this located?
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  3. #33


    Click image for larger version The red cable attached to the hard drive there cheap to buy and it connect to the motherboard try another connector there as well

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  4. #34


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8


    ok might try that...but it sounds like its heading in the direction of a toasted hard drive... so if thats the case, is that easy to get and easy to install? I definitely a novice.
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  5. #35


    Put simple you remove 2 screws from the drive 2 cable plug the new one in boot form install disk and install
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  6. #36


    Posts : 123
    Windows 8 Pro


    Just a suggestion, if you can boot to the Desktop, it might be a good idea to make a recovery USB flash drive or DVD's. If you go with the flash drive, it needs to be 32GB. If the hard drive is toast, you can use the recovery media to reinstall Windows back on the new drive. Here is a guide on how to make it.

    HP PCs - Creating a Recovery Image on Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Customer Support

    On a side note, on my Dell, the new hard drive has to be the same size or larger than the original. I bought a smaller SSD and could not use the recovery flash drive. I got a message saying the new hard drive was too small. I don't know if HP's are the same.
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