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toshiba a200 will not boot

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I am trying to repair a Toshiba A200 laptop. It has Windows Vista installed. It stopped booting into Vista so I tried to recover the data using Knoppix; but could not see the drive. So I decided to just recover the OS and forget about the data. When I boot from the recovery cd #1 (four in total) it starts to load the software from the cd; but then hangs and goes to a black screen. Is this a harddrive problem? Or at least a hardware problem?
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Sounds like a hard drive problem if Knoppix can't see it.
First thing to do is replace the drive and see if recovery runs. If it doesn't, it may turn out to have more serious issues.
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