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  1. I was successful in re-thermal pasting. The old thermal paste was very hard and difficult to remove. I went through a lot of alcohol swabs for removing that. I am happy to report that the fan is not working very hard at cooling anymore since there is no more dust and idle temperatures are between ~45 to 55 Celsius. Old idle temps were ~ 58 to 69 Celsius. Thank you all who responded and helped me on this thread.
  2. So, I have applied the thermal goop and cleaned the fan as well I noticed that the fan isn't spinning, so I tried checking in the Dell diagnostics in the BIOS. The fan is fine. My question: do laptop fans also stop when temperature is below some point? like the fans in desktop PCs (PWM, graphics card fans) stop at idle
  3. Hello, I want to reapply the thermal paste on my laptop's CPU (never done this before) and I want to know a few questions before I go through with it. Firstly, my laptop's specs: Dell Latitude E6430 Intel Core i5-3380M 8GB RAM My laptop is fairly easy to open from the bottom and I do know which screws are for the heatsink etc. Some of the concerns I have: Which software should I use to monitor temps before and after the reapplication? Are alcohol swabs okay for removing old thermal goop? On which spot should I apply the new thermal paste? (pic of CPU for reference here) What should I make sure of during the whole process so everything goes smoothly Please any help would be appreciated. EDIT: I have also read this thread. But still have the above mentioned concerns.
  4. In terms of beauty: Horizon Zero Dawn In terms of detail: GTA V I'm playing Assassin's Creed Origins right now and Ancient Egypt also looks amazing
  5. @AshleyAshes, you are totally right but I had a ray of hope that the drive will be repaired. That's why I wanted to repair it even if it contained backups. You are totally right that I should not repair it at all. That's why I have not gone further. @Thermite I am slowly shifting to the SSD scene. I replaced my laptop hard drive with an SSD and my goal is to be free of any mechanical drives wherever possible. My next shopping will be of course the portable SSD you recommended. I have had my eyes on the T3 for a while but the T5 looks nice. I have even heard a lot about the WD portable SSD.
  6. My theory is that the head is stuck and to release that I would have to open the drive. But still I am waiting for what you people recommend I should do.
  7. I couldn't get one of those guitar pick type prying tools, so I opened the enclosure with a flathead screwdriver. I have an Aukey 2.5" external enclosure and I inserted the drive in that. The drive still didn't mount and I could hear clicking noises. Not loud, I could only hear them when I put my ear very close.
  8. This drive contained all of my backup. I'm a student, so even when storage on something like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive etc. falls short, I don't have money to pay for more storage, that's why external hard drives are a much better option for me. As for data recovery, I hope the drive inside is working fine and I won't have to find someone who can recover my data, because these people are pretty difficult to find in my city and country and their services are very expensive.
  9. I did check with the Warranty Validation Tool and also checked again just to make sure, but the warranty period has ended. Now, about removing the drive from the enclosure, I was seriously hoping there would be some software solution so I wouldn't have to open the enclosure (I'm a bit lazy at times). I'd like to add something to my original post, there is no physical damage on the outside and I keep the drive in a case when I'm not using it (mentioning it if this info helps).
  10. Hello, I have a Seagate Expansion 1 TB external hard drive which I bought back in 2015. The problem I'm having is that it just won't mount (since just a few days ago). It powers on, the light on it powers on, the spindles inside move meaning that the drive is working. I have tried Windows 10 (latest update) and Ubuntu 17.10, the drive just won't show up anywhere. I have also tried connecting the device to any other computer I had access to, but showed the same problem. Here are the specs for the laptop I'm using: Dell Latitude E6430 Intel Core i5-3380M 8GB RAM 240GB SSD (Windows drive) In Windows 10: The USB device connection sound and disconnect sound can be heard. File Explorer doesn't show the drive. Disk Management doesn't show the drive. Device Manager shows "Seagate Expansion SCSI Disk Device" under "Disk drives". (I tried a few things with this, more on that later) Devices and Printer shows "Expansion" under "Devices". Windows 10 Settings app shows "Expansion Connected to USB 3.0" under "Other Devices". DISKPART in CMD doesn't show the drive when the "LIST DISK" command is entered. Note: Since I can't see the drive anywhere, I can't "chkdsk" in CMD. I did run a "chkdsk" but that was probably in early 2016 after that it was working perfect till now. In Ubuntu 17.10: The USB device connection sound and disconnect sound can be heard. Linux Disk utility doesn't show the drive. Nautilus File Explorer doesn't show the drive. What I have tried so far: In the Device Manager entry "Seagate Expansion SCSI Disk Device" under "Disk drives", I tried every update, disable, uninstall device and tried to reconnect, but it didn't solve the problem. I tried to so similar things in "Devices and Printers", but it didn't solve the problem. I tried to run DISKPART in the Windows installation, but it didn't show up. I tried all USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, but nothing. It did mount once but it slowed down my laptop and it wouldn't even shutdown as quickly as it usually does. When I click on "Safely Remove Hardware" my laptop slows down. Note: I always safely remove USB drives and external hard drives. My USB drives are working perfectly in the ports on my laptop. What I would like to know that, is there any way I can just copy the useful data I want? Can this drive be repaired and how? Should I continue to use this drive once it is repaired or get a new one? If I would get a new one then which external hard drive should I buy (other than Seagate)? Please any help would be appreciated. Thank you for your time. P.S. I'll attach some screenshots if required.
  11. Hello, I have a very old PC, which is the last PC I built and I have been only using laptops for a few years. A few days ago I decided to take my old PC out and do a fresh Windows 7 install on it, check to see if it works and sell it. Good thing is, it still works. Bad thing is, I don't know who will probably even buy it and if I really won't be able to sell it, what will I do with this perfectly working PC? (that's another dilemma which is irrelevant to this topic) It has the following hardware: Intel Pentium E5300 processor Intel DG31PR motherboard 3GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz 320GB HDD (I think it was dying, but the new Windows 7 probably brought it back to life ) NVIDIA 9500GT graphics card (most probably dead) About the graphics card: I tried plugging in a VGA cable and the PC didn't show any video output, so I removed the graphics card and the motherboard VGA video output works. Now I am not sure if the PCIe slot is faulty or the graphics card. How do I know where is the fault?