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Re: Laptop HD is failing, will external drive be fine?
07/17/15 11:55 PM


>I got a Windows alert saying the hard drive needed replacing or repairing.

Windows does tend to be paranoid about the possibility of drives failing - and that's not a bad thing (much better to err on the side of caution where data is concerned). I got this same message in an old Laptop of mine about 5 years ago, so I installed Fedora on it (same hard-drive) and it's still working fine - although I only use it occasionally.

As long as you keep everything backed up, just keep using the laptop until it finally fails (or until Windows wont boot from it anymore).

Run a disk scan on it, defrag it (yes, a lot of use, but it will save use even in the short term).


> Question: will an external drive (mobile or desktop) be 'fast enough' for watching
> and streaming movies?

If all you are doing is streaming / watching videos, then the external HDD should be fine (assuming you've got USB 2.0 ports on your lappy, which should be the case given age).


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* [Done] Laptop HD is failing, will external drive be fine? Traso 07/17/15 08:46 PM
. * Re: Laptop HD is failing, will external drive be fine? Moose  07/17/15 11:55 PM
. * Re: Laptop HD is failing, will external drive be fine? Lord Nightmare  07/18/15 12:47 AM
. * Re: Laptop HD is failing, will external drive be fine? Traso  07/18/15 07:37 AM
. * It's probly close to toast...... Traso  07/18/15 10:48 PM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... redk9258  07/19/15 04:48 AM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... Dullaron  07/19/15 06:03 AM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... redk9258  07/19/15 03:52 PM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... Traso  07/20/15 10:16 PM
. * Success! Traso  07/29/15 01:37 AM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... URherenow  07/19/15 07:31 AM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... Vas Crabb  07/19/15 05:15 PM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... Sune  07/18/15 11:18 PM
. * Re: It's probly close to toast...... Moose  07/19/15 02:10 AM

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