Not to steal your thread, but I woke up this morning to a hard drive crash on my wife's Dell XPS 8300. I obviously need a new hard drive, but what about the operating system. Will Dell replace the OS Win 10. If not, I guess its time for a new computer, right? Advice please. Thanks
My neighbor ran into this a few years ago. If you didn't have a copy of widows in the box with your computer, most don't nowadays, call and order one. Make sure you have the model and serial number, order number or whatever to show it is one of their systems. That makes it so you are paying for a copy not a new version at full price. I think it costs around $15 or $20. Once you get the hard drive in, buy it from wherever you buy them, you can use the OS copy to reinstall.
Keep in mind, if you had no backups, your data is likely gone. I have large amounts of data here. I'm also a Linux user. I have a 160GB drive for my OS, a 6TB and a 3TB drive for my /home directory and a 8TB external SATA drive that I make backups too. I also have a 750GB drive that I back up OS install info and emails too. Point being, the more data you have, the more important backups are. If you have a digital photo camera and/or a movie camera, you really need those backed up somehow. For some reason, people never think about those things and their sentimental value. This is a list of my Volume Groups.
[email protected] / # vgs
VG #PV #LV #SN Attr VSize VFree
Home2 2 1 0 wz--n- 8.19t 0
OS 1 3 0 wz--n- 124.46g 45.46g
backup 1 1 0 wz--n- 698.63g 0
[email protected] / #
This is my backup drive.
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdf1 7.3T 4.2T 3.1T 58% /run/media/dale/8tb-backup
For those who don't know, when you first buy a computer, you should follow the instructions on creating a install CD/DVD. Some even put a blank CD/DVD in the box for this. It takes just a few minutes but it avoids you having to order one if your drive fails. While there is a copy on the rescue partition of the hard drive, if the drive fails, it doesn't work either.
On my Linux system, I use the SMART drive monitoring software to keep a eye on my drives. It actually emails me when a drive fails a test and is starting to fail. Most of the time, it gives enough time to recover the data on it. I'm pretty sure there is a way to do this on windows as well. Nowadays, all hard drives has this feature built in. I'm pretty sure SSDs have this too but not sure how well it works. You just need to install software to access it. It may be something to consider for anyone reading this.