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HI - like many I had to purcahse a computer for childs online learning - spent £500.00 on second hand Elitebook 840G3 i7 processor-1 week after warranty ran out we can't access windows - error message- have followed onscreen advice and end up with this message:-

Testing Drive 1


Short DST :  Failed

Failure ID : 90CFL8-000AG4-MFGK7G-60UM03



Any advice would be appreciated - if it is a new hard drive then info and which one to buy would be awesome- fingers crossed

it is not as terminal......

Many thanks

ITnovice 🙂


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Hi @ITnovice1 


Thank you for posting in the HP Support Community.


  • Yes, it is the hard drive / storage drive. . The test you have done and the error code you provided proves this.  Since this is faulty HDD/hardware component, you will probably not be able to recover your files should you need them. If you want to attempt data recovery, please let me know and I may post additional instructions.

  • You may also consider installing an SSD instead of an HDD - this is strongly recommended as SSDs are way faster, more reliable and lighter. More information about SSDs:






I would recommend you buy an SSD instead of an HDD.

You need 2.5 inch SSD, type SATA, model/brand of your choice. You may get Samsung, Western Digital (WD), SanDisk, AData, etc... You can get it online or from a local tech store.




Last part - once you replace the faulty HDD component with an SSD or HDD - you will need to reinstall back your operating system

How to do it  ? Details are posted in the PDF file below


Let me know how it goes. Provide an update or feedback.

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Thank you - Awesome info and instructions - will let you know how it all goes

thanks again for prompt reply 


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