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Old 03-03-2007, 07:02 PM   #1
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broken laptop question

so, how do I tell which hardware component on the laptop is the one that's failed? I'm assuming if I go to get my files taken off the hard drive, and it fails, that it means the hard drive is bad... no problem, $60 buys me a new one. (exact same one that came out). but how do I know if that's the problem, or if it's something else? Oh, yeah, I got it all taken apart and the hard disk is out... ready to see if I can get my files off on Monday
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Re: broken laptop question

does it turn on? does it boot anything at all? does it make any noises?
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Re: broken laptop question

there's a clicking noise when it attempted to boot up. I have it apart now, so I can't test it, but it came up with a message saying it didn't recognize an operating system or something like that, and said something about a disc error. I'm just praying that the hard drive is ok.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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Re: broken laptop question

It's your hard drive
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:46 PM   #5
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Re: broken laptop question

nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, so that basically means no way to get my speech off it right?
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:52 PM   #6
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Re: broken laptop question

More than likely. When my laptop hard drive failed I couldn't access anything on it from my Desktop.
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Re: broken laptop question

this BLOOOOOOOWS. What are the odds of being able to get anything off it? And... to fix my laptop, should I just get a new hard drive, and will that do it?
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0% from my experience. However I have had only 1 experience

If you get a new hard drive it should work again if it was the Hard Drive bad which is what it sounds like it is.
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Re: broken laptop question

yeah, but I really really don't want to have to re-write it. And again, will just getting a new hard drive fix it? That'd be a super cheap fix.
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Re: broken laptop question

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0% from my experience. However I have had only 1 experience

If you get a new hard drive it should work again if it was the Hard Drive bad which is what it sounds like it is.
FWIW, a lot of laptops (at least mine.. hey I drive a mustang and a buick.. I don't have anything that's not mainstream ) automatically save everything to a backup 'recovery' HD.. I am doubting your PC has one though! good luck figuring it out
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Re: broken laptop question

its definitely the hard drive. that clicking/grinding noise is basically the hard drive being broken. the message you get saying operating system not found is actually good news. that means its probably just your hard drive. honestly, there is a very SMALL amount of hope that you can retry booting up your hard drive and it actually working after an hour or two but a hard drive failure is almost gauranteed very, very soon.

what happened to one of my desktops is that i got that error message a few times and then it actually booted one time. and it did this for about a few days and then one day it no longer worked at all. the only way im thinking you can recover your files is to give it a shot and pray it boots one time so you can back up your porn.. i mean.. files.
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Re: broken laptop question

all I need is one file, a speech. But I suppose I'll go ahead and buy a new hard disk
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