wasn't the one with the firmware issues the one that stopped working after a couple weeks? >.>
Yes, but that was the 7200.11, not the 7200.12. I thought they fixed it. Apparently I was wrong.
Anyways, umm, specifically when are you getting the error? (ie, once windows is booted up, during the bootup process...)
and what does it specifically way on the error message? Just the text in the thread title?
I got the error every few minutes, then after an hour SMART finally decided it wasn't just Windows being Windows, and said the drive was getting ready to implode (though not in those words). Not having enough space on my flash drive to back up an entire Windows installation, I backed up my Linux installation, then backed up the failing Windows drive sector by sector onto my Linux drive. Two hours later, the head went off track and I got about a billion bad sectors, decided to abort the backup process and go straight to wiping the data off the remaining sectors of the failing drive (no way I'm sending a drive back that still has my, erm, files still on it
All went well, and I now have a dead hard drive with nothing on it, and a good hard drive with a quarter of a Windows installation on it. It boots, but that's about it. It can't even run Explorer or even launch a command prompt. Most of the data is gone (but I have backups of most of the important stuff (I think)).
But that's not the worst part. I had already activated Windows, and despite being on a severely fscked up* partition on an entirely different hard drive, it's still activated, and I'd like it to stay that way. The entire hard drive needs to be reformatted (neither Windows nor Linux thinks very much of a failed sector-by-sector backup), so... how do I reformat and reinstall Windows 7 without deactivating it???
*fsck = File System ChecK (related to a certain similarly-spelt word only in that the two are often used at the same time, and for the same reason