Having problems with your HP Pavilion dv4000 Notebook ?

HD replacement/upgrade -- which ones and what about XP?

\015 Hello,\015\012\015\012I am trying to fix my son's HP Pavilon DV4000. It has been running EXTRA slow, and he asked me to look it over. 1st prob was he had FILLED the 99.x G HD. I off-loaded a bunch of movies and cartoons, but it hasn't improved (after several defrags of various levels). I d/l some diags, including HDTune and UBCD (4.1.1). HDTune turns up lots of bad sectors, and the SD diags on UBCD won't complete - they stop at 99 errors. OK, HD is probably shot. I can look up specs, but I don't know which are critical for the system. I know it's an ATA (serial?) and it's a 4800 rpm 99 G 2.5" device. What are the main elements I have to match? I know size (2.5"). Is speed an issue, and are ATA / SATA / Utra ATA interchangable?\015\012Whew. Lots to throw at you... thanks for your help.\015\012Uh oh... last quex: There is a recovery partition w/ his OS on the laptop. Is there a way to "recover" the RP so that we don't have to source a new OS (heaven forbid Vista!). I plan on adding Ubuntu to it ALSO, but it'll take him a while to warm to it.\015\012\015\012Thank you,\015\012\015\012Marc Visconte\015

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Ok i guess you are using windows xp , im a vista user now and i am forgetting xp day by day lol , there is a way to do a sector check , but heavens forbid i forget , a naughty trick , shut the laptop down by holding down the power button down while xp is on, it will switch of the computer , when u start back up it will do a disk read check , and identify bad sectors , and ignore them, this is a long shot and i probably shouldn't reccomend this method lol but it can work , other choice is , buy a new hard drive , and clone it, if u have a pirate xp version the disk check may not even come up, i assume u dont have the xp disk ? if u do you can repair and reinstall with out losing files, but u need to put the files in a new folder in C:/ drive
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