Computer help forum: Hardrive is failing on my Dell Inspiron 1720. What to do?

by: Scarletdancer April 6, 2013 3:44 PM PDT

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Hardrive is failing on my Dell Inspiron 1720. What to do?

by Scarletdancer - 4/6/13 3:44 PM

My PC (Dell inspiron 1720 Laptop) has been acting up for a while.

Here is the system info if this helps with anything

OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Inspiron 1720
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7250 @ 2.00GHz, 2001 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A04, 11/5/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 947 MB
Total Virtual Memory 6.20 GB
Available Virtual Memory 3.87 GB
Page File Space 3.28 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

The drivers go in and out, specifically the wireless detector and the usb drives. It gives me blue screen of death once every two weeks or so. Often doesn't want to boot unless I boot it is safe mode and then restart it in normal. It has given me memory errors and most recently informed me my harddrive is failing. I know I should get a new computer and be done with it. However I want to learn how to take care of these sorts of things myself. I am confident in taking my laptop apart and know I can install and uninstall hardware/software if needed, I just don't know where to start.

All I know is I need to back up my stuff. I did that already and all of my files are on a external harddrive.

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