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Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Carlos
 

Not everyone is technically comfortable enough to replace a hard drive. I suspect that is probably true of the majority of list members. Besides, it's not just a matter of replacing the drive. You also have to reinstall Windows or clone/image from the old drive.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edmond Nazarian via Groups.io" <gocloud84=aol.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:59 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


I'd try replacing the HDD on my own. Every tech could do it easily. If it is a computer from the last 7 years then you can simply go with a SATA hard drive.
Let us know what capacity you need and we'll try to find a good deal.
I believe contacting Dell should not be a good idea because your computer is less likely in warranty, and Dell may either refuse and/or over charge you for such replacement.

On 9/11/2016 4:53 PM, Sylvia wrote:
Hello, I have all of my data backed up on an external so this problem
doesn't seem like a total disaster. This computer is about 6.5 years
old so I might have to contact Dell to find out if the drive can be
replaced at all. I'm not really looking forward to having to reinstall
windows but if that's going to be my best option, I'm going to ask for
help.

On 9/11/16, Ann Parsons <akp@...> wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can
try to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to
use your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the
whole story so I can't say.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
** New EMAIL: akp@...
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."




Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Edmond <gocloud84@...>
 

Yes dude. You rock!
"Type: Serial ATA"
Also I see it is most likely is a 1.5 TG drive. I could simply look for a 2 TB one.

On 9/11/2016 4:57 PM, Carlos wrote:
Verified here.
http://www.cnet.com/products/dell-studio-xps-8100-core-i7-2-93-ghz-8-gb-1-5-tb/specs/

----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


The XPS 8100 almost certainly has SATA controllers.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Edmond Nazarian via Groups.io"
<gocloud84=aol.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


Well we also need to know the type of the HDD. IDE or SATA? I think
you could still find IDE hard drives, although the prices may sound
crazy.

On 9/11/2016 4:49 PM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can
try
to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to use
your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the
whole
story so I can't say.

Ann P.





Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Gene
 

If you want to pay to have this done, a technician should be able to transfer all the data to a new hard drive.  You won't have to reinstall anything.  You may not need a tech, you may know a technically knowleddgeable person who will do this for free as a friend or for a much cheaper price than a technician would charge.  Having said that, I should add that I don't know if you will have to reauthorize Windows since you have replaced the hard drive. 
 
Gene

----- Original Message -----
From: Sylvia
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Hello, I have all of my data backed up on an external so this problem
doesn't seem like a total disaster. This computer is about 6.5 years
old so I might have to contact Dell to find out if the drive can be
replaced at all. I'm not really looking forward to having to reinstall
windows but if that's going to be my best option, I'm going to ask for
help.

On 9/11/16, Ann Parsons <akp@...> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can
> try to recover your data.  Now, if you're running XP, you may want to
> use your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the
> whole story so I can't say.
>
> Ann P.
>
> --
> Ann K. Parsons
> Portal Tutoring
> ** New EMAIL:  akp@...
> web site:  http://www.portaltutoring.info
> Skype: Putertutor
>
> "All that is gold does not glitter,
> Not all those who wander are lost."
>
>
>
>



Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Edmond <gocloud84@...>
 

I'd try replacing the HDD on my own. Every tech could do it easily. If it is a computer from the last 7 years then you can simply go with a SATA hard drive.
Let us know what capacity you need and we'll try to find a good deal.
I believe contacting Dell should not be a good idea because your computer is less likely in warranty, and Dell may either refuse and/or over charge you for such replacement.

On 9/11/2016 4:53 PM, Sylvia wrote:
Hello, I have all of my data backed up on an external so this problem
doesn't seem like a total disaster. This computer is about 6.5 years
old so I might have to contact Dell to find out if the drive can be
replaced at all. I'm not really looking forward to having to reinstall
windows but if that's going to be my best option, I'm going to ask for
help.

On 9/11/16, Ann Parsons <akp@...> wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can
try to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to
use your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the
whole story so I can't say.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
** New EMAIL: akp@...
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."




Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Carlos
 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:54 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


The XPS 8100 almost certainly has SATA controllers.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Edmond Nazarian via Groups.io" <gocloud84=aol.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


Well we also need to know the type of the HDD. IDE or SATA? I think you could still find IDE hard drives, although the prices may sound crazy.

On 9/11/2016 4:49 PM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can try
to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to use
your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the whole
story so I can't say.

Ann P.



Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Carlos
 

The XPS 8100 almost certainly has SATA controllers.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edmond Nazarian via Groups.io" <gocloud84=aol.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:51 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


Well we also need to know the type of the HDD. IDE or SATA? I think you could still find IDE hard drives, although the prices may sound crazy.

On 9/11/2016 4:49 PM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can try
to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to use
your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the whole
story so I can't say.

Ann P.


Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Sylvia A <sylvia0647@...>
 

Hello, I have all of my data backed up on an external so this problem
doesn't seem like a total disaster. This computer is about 6.5 years
old so I might have to contact Dell to find out if the drive can be
replaced at all. I'm not really looking forward to having to reinstall
windows but if that's going to be my best option, I'm going to ask for
help.

On 9/11/16, Ann Parsons <akp@...> wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can
try to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to
use your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the
whole story so I can't say.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
** New EMAIL: akp@...
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."




Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Edmond <gocloud84@...>
 

Well we also need to know the type of the HDD. IDE or SATA? I think you could still find IDE hard drives, although the prices may sound crazy.

On 9/11/2016 4:49 PM, Ann Parsons wrote:
Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can try
to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to use
your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the whole
story so I can't say.

Ann P.


Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Carlos
 

Hi Sylvia,

Although you might require a technician to replace the drive, hard drives are not specific to the model/manufacturer of the machine so finding a replacement should not be a problem. As to whether you should just purchase a new machine instead of replacing the drive, that is your decision. However, if you wind up having to pay a technician, the total price of the drive and paying the technician might wind up being enough that purchasing a new machine might be an option worth considering. If you can have someone replace it for free or very little, replacing the drive will usually be less expensive.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sylvia" <sylvia0647@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 7:39 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Urgent help needed: failing hard drive


Hi list, I'm in need of some urgent help. My particular issue is with
my C drive and this only started this morning. I've been getting a
message which states that windows has detected a problem with my main
drive. hdd health also reports that the health of the drive is at 4
per cent. I'd like some advice on a few things.

Do I need to think about replacing my hd or should I consider getting
an entirely new system? This machine is a dell xps 8100 so I don't
even know if I can find a replacement drive for this machine.

I have more questions I would like to ask but I'll wait for initial
suggestions before I ask anything else.
Thanks,
Sylvia.


Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Ann Parsons
 

Hi all,

My immediate reaction is replace the hard drive ASAP so that you can try to recover your data. Now, if you're running XP, you may want to use your failing HD as an excuse to get a new system. I don't know the whole story so I can't say.

Ann P.

--
Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
** New EMAIL: akp@...
web site: http://www.portaltutoring.info
Skype: Putertutor

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."


Re: Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Edmond <gocloud84@...>
 

Sorry to here it...<SAD>
If only the HDD dead, you could just replace it. Of course, you may need to reinstall Windows and all your programs. You may need to ask a tech for help.
Depending on the age of your computer? you could also think about getting a new one. It depends on your budget.
Hope this gives you an idea.

On 9/11/2016 4:39 PM, Sylvia wrote:
Hi list, I'm in need of some urgent help. My particular issue is with
my C drive and this only started this morning. I've been getting a
message which states that windows has detected a problem with my main
drive. hdd health also reports that the health of the drive is at 4
per cent. I'd like some advice on a few things.

Do I need to think about replacing my hd or should I consider getting
an entirely new system? This machine is a dell xps 8100 so I don't
even know if I can find a replacement drive for this machine.

I have more questions I would like to ask but I'll wait for initial
suggestions before I ask anything else.
Thanks,
Sylvia.


Urgent help needed: failing hard drive

Sylvia A <sylvia0647@...>
 

Hi list, I'm in need of some urgent help. My particular issue is with
my C drive and this only started this morning. I've been getting a
message which states that windows has detected a problem with my main
drive. hdd health also reports that the health of the drive is at 4
per cent. I'd like some advice on a few things.

Do I need to think about replacing my hd or should I consider getting
an entirely new system? This machine is a dell xps 8100 so I don't
even know if I can find a replacement drive for this machine.

I have more questions I would like to ask but I'll wait for initial
suggestions before I ask anything else.
Thanks,
Sylvia.


Re: Accessible disk imaging tool?

ann
 

I just did a clean re-install of Windows and thought this would be a good time to make an image of the drive.

I'll give Image For Windows another try, then. It was easy to make the image and restore it with that program, at least it was easy in XP.


Thanks,

~Ann

PS! Carlos, I used your Windows10 WinPE image to do my clean re-install from, and it worked beautifully. Thanks for sharing it.

On 9/11/2016 6:20 PM, Carlos wrote:
As for restoring images without sighted assistance, that is a more complicated issue. Drive Snapshot is capable of restoring an image on the next reboot which does not require sighted assistance, but almost any other imaging application will involve booting into another environment like my WinPE images.
http://opopanax.net/download/
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Image for Windows
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm
is still accessible and works with Windows 10 as does Drive Snapshot.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/
----- Original Message ----- From: "ann" <@etheria>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann






Re: Accessible disk imaging tool?

Carlos
 

The size of the download is not really an indication of the main program size itself since the installer includes other supplementary components.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Edmond Nazarian via Groups.io" <gocloud84=aol.com@groups.io>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Yes. Drive Snapshot rocks! I decided to give Image for Windows a try but amazed by the size of the download. If you were using Image for Windows on Windows XP then I believe you should almost have the same experience on other Windows versions. Hope I am not mistaking, though.

On 9/11/2016 3:20 PM, Carlos wrote:
As for restoring images without sighted assistance, that is a more
complicated issue. Drive Snapshot is capable of restoring an image on
the next reboot which does not require sighted assistance, but almost
any other imaging application will involve booting into another
environment like my WinPE images.
http://opopanax.net/download/
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Image for Windows
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm
is still accessible and works with Windows 10 as does Drive Snapshot.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/
----- Original Message ----- From: "ann" <@etheria>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws
screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd
like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore
without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program
called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from
within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still
accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann






Re: Accessible disk imaging tool?

Edmond <gocloud84@...>
 

Yes. Drive Snapshot rocks! I decided to give Image for Windows a try but amazed by the size of the download. If you were using Image for Windows on Windows XP then I believe you should almost have the same experience on other Windows versions. Hope I am not mistaking, though.

On 9/11/2016 3:20 PM, Carlos wrote:
As for restoring images without sighted assistance, that is a more
complicated issue. Drive Snapshot is capable of restoring an image on
the next reboot which does not require sighted assistance, but almost
any other imaging application will involve booting into another
environment like my WinPE images.
http://opopanax.net/download/
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Image for Windows
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm
is still accessible and works with Windows 10 as does Drive Snapshot.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/
----- Original Message ----- From: "ann" <@etheria>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws
screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd
like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore
without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program
called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from
within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still
accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann






Re: Accessible disk imaging tool?

Carlos
 

As for restoring images without sighted assistance, that is a more complicated issue. Drive Snapshot is capable of restoring an image on the next reboot which does not require sighted assistance, but almost any other imaging application will involve booting into another environment like my WinPE images.
http://opopanax.net/download/

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carlos" <carlos1106@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:14 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Image for Windows
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm
is still accessible and works with Windows 10 as does Drive Snapshot.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/
----- Original Message -----
From: "ann" <@etheria>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann




Re: Accessible disk imaging tool?

Carlos
 

Image for Windows
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm
is still accessible and works with Windows 10 as does Drive Snapshot.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/

----- Original Message -----
From: "ann" <@etheria>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 6:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Accessible disk imaging tool?


Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann


Accessible disk imaging tool?

ann
 

Hi folks,

I'm running Windows 10 64-bit, and using either the NVDA or the Jaws screen readers. Does anyone know of some good disk imaging tools? I'd like to make an image copy of my hard drive that I can also restore without sighted assistance. When I used Windows XP, I used a program called Image For Windows that allowed me to make the image from within windows, but I don't know if the newer versions are still accessible or if it works with Windows10 64-bit systems.

Thanks in advance for any advice,
~Ann


Re: Running android APPS on windows

Carlos
 

It can probably run without touch screen support in a VM, but Android keyboard accessibility is limited. Note that most of this is just logical guesswork since I have only read vague references about running Android in a virtual machine. I have never actually tried it myself so you're on your own.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Rajmund" <brajmund2000@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Running android APPS on windows


Wait! Whoa! Android in a VM? HMM, if 4 gigs of ram will feed it, without crashing, and without stupid errors, like with XP, I'm willing to try it. Although interesting, some of these things even have google play, but I understand, that because of accessibility, it's different. Before I throw myself into anything like this, can android run without touch screen support?



Sent from a Braille Sense

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos <carlos1106@...>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:44 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Running android APPS on windows



Short of running a full installation of Android in a virtual machine, you
probably can't do most of what you are trying.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rajmund" <brajmund2000@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Running android APPS on windows


Hi All,
So, been trying to figure this out for a while. And while I'm sure I will
receive some comments, here it comes, regardless. So thought, I'd try
running android APPS on the laptop. I have a few questions, however. 1)
While using android APPS, could I get say, talkBack running, and use it
with the keyboard, as if it was a bluetooth keyboard? 2) If not, any ways
of getting speech in them? 3) Any accessible, preferably free utilities
that would open the apps? Been trying blue stacks, bluestacks.com , but
honestly, I tried everything with NVDA, that I could, with a user guide
front of me, nothing. I'm not very good with JAWS and window eyes, but
seriously, Narrator got to the furthest. It said loading data, please wait
a moment, but that's it. So assuming that what I want can even be done, is
there a way to use this app, or is this totally inaccessible? And if yes,
how, please? And if not, any alternatives? Thanks ever so much on this
one!

Sent from a Braille Sense







Re: Running android APPS on windows

Rajmund <brajmund2000@...>
 

Wait! Whoa! Android in a VM? HMM, if 4 gigs of ram will feed it, without crashing, and without stupid errors, like with XP, I'm willing to try it. Although interesting, some of these things even have google play, but I understand, that because of accessibility, it's different. Before I throw myself into anything like this, can android run without touch screen support?



Sent from a Braille Sense

----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos <carlos1106@...>
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 9:44 pm
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Running android APPS on windows



Short of running a full installation of Android in a virtual machine, you
probably can't do most of what you are trying.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rajmund" <brajmund2000@...>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:08 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Running android APPS on windows


Hi All,
So, been trying to figure this out for a while. And while I'm sure I will
receive some comments, here it comes, regardless. So thought, I'd try
running android APPS on the laptop. I have a few questions, however. 1)
While using android APPS, could I get say, talkBack running, and use it
with the keyboard, as if it was a bluetooth keyboard? 2) If not, any ways
of getting speech in them? 3) Any accessible, preferably free utilities
that would open the apps? Been trying blue stacks, bluestacks.com , but
honestly, I tried everything with NVDA, that I could, with a user guide
front of me, nothing. I'm not very good with JAWS and window eyes, but
seriously, Narrator got to the furthest. It said loading data, please wait
a moment, but that's it. So assuming that what I want can even be done, is
there a way to use this app, or is this totally inaccessible? And if yes,
how, please? And if not, any alternatives? Thanks ever so much on this
one!

Sent from a Braille Sense