error code 2000-0142


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error code 2000-0142

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I was working with my inspiron 1525 when suddendly a blue screen with some text came and indicated a problem.

I stopped the computer and switch on again, the dell window appears correctly, but when arriving to the windows loading bar, nothing else happens.

I did a diagnostic by pressing "F12" and the following message was then given:

" Error code 2000-0142

Hard drive 1 - self test unsucessful. Status 79 "

Do this mean that I should try to remove the hard drive or to remove + buy a new one? And in this case, how is it possible to recover the hard drive datas on an external drive ?

Thanks if you can help me I am not a specialist !


Verified Answer
  • Yes, you need a new hard drive.   You may be able to recover the data by mounting the drive in an external enclosure and attaching it to  a working system by USB.

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  • Yes, you need a new hard drive.   You may be able to recover the data by mounting the drive in an external enclosure and attaching it to  a working system by USB.

  • Thanks for your answer. But if I buy a new hard drive, do you know what specifics are important to look at so that the new drive is compatible with my "old" inspiron of 2008.

    . Now I have a Seagate 5400.5 / 320 GB / 5400 RPM. I have not found exactly the same hard drive in the dell online shop (the 5400.6 exists)

  • Any standard, 2.5" 9.5 mm (or slimmer) SATA notebook hard drive will work.

  • You may also consider a solid state drive for increased performance see

    Memory (Random Access Memory - RAM) and Hard Drive (Solid State Drive - SSD) Upgrades

    Go to the following website:

    Crucial (UK Link)

    Crucial (US Link)


    Select System Scanner

    Select Scan My Computer.

    Accept the terms by checking the box and download the scanner.

    Select Run when the prompt comes up and select yes at the User Account Prompt also.

    Take into account the total memory slots, the available memory slots. Also the density of the module in each slot. Compare this with the maximum amount. The recommended part will be listed. Note crucial usually sell the memory in pairs because better performance comes with paired modules. To maximise the memory I need to by 2 of the recommended part as I have 4 slots (I have already done this).

    Generally the more memory the better, take as much as your budget can afford. The 32 bit version of Windows XP/Vista/7 will only be able to use 3.5-4.0 GB of RAM maximum so you are wasting your money having more than 4 GB of RAM with a 32 bit Operating System. Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit accepts 16 GB as a maximum. Windows 7 Professional 64 bit or Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit have an upper limit of 192 GB of RAM but most motherboards don't support this at present. Generally only the Dell Precision Workstations can accommodate this.

    Solid State Drives have finally became affordable. When considering a Solid State Drive try and get the best compromise between price, storage and the read and write speeds. Note the storage space of conventional hard drives is generally a lot larger than the Solid State Drives (for equivalent price). For Desktop systems it is sometimes useful to have a Solid State Drive to install Windows on and a conventional hard drive for data storage.

    For installation of memory and hard drives please refer to the service manual which may be found on the ftp website manual category.

    Philip Yip


    Windows Reinstallation Guide and Related Wikies See here for other wikies such as Customising and Using Windows 8.1, Dell Wireless Cards and Unofficial Drivers.