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Old 11-09-07, 15:50
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Default DST Short Status Test Failed

I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 and it froze on me yesterday. I came to my laptop in the afternoon and it was frozen. I restarted and it took a lot longer than usual to restart but my internet was not working. Everything else was working fine except for the internet. I was getting a "Limited or no connectivity" message from windows.

I ran the diagnostics and it failed the DST Short Status Test (Error Code: 1000-0142, Msg: Unit 4: Drive Self Test Failed, Status Byte = 79)

Does this mean that my HDD is dead?
This doesnt seem right because I just bought a new HDD in september this summer.

What is going on with my laptop?
Any help is appreciate, thanks!
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Old 11-09-07, 21:19
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Default Re: DST Short Status Test Failed

I found this on the Dell site:
Any failures reported by the boot up diagnostics such as the DST test definitely suggest physical hardware failure.
So I suspect it means that your hard drive is going unless the DST is not a very reliable test. I don't own a Dell, so I can't comment on the test's reliability.
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Old 11-09-07, 22:26
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Default Re: DST Short Status Test Failed

I ran SeaTools (a Seagate diagnostics utility) and it also told me that the DST test failed. I am really shocked because this HDD is less than 3 months old.

Is it possible that something is causing my HDD to fail?
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Default Re: DST Short Status Test Failed

My gf also has a Dell Inspiron and it has had a lot of errors, one just like yours a few times. I have had to re-install Windows four times now as going through the recovery console didn't work. Getting a bit fed up with the reliability issues

However I did manage to resolve the last DST error using the recovery console.
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