Laptop Hard drive dead? :(
Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:49 PM
Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:17 AM
As for recovering your data using Recuva as suggested by wannabe1, if any data is retrievable then Recuva has a high success rate but as you were unsuccessful using Puppy then you may not have much luck I`m afraid.
For a free OS alternative see http://linux.co.uk/p...on-the-desktop/
Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:59 PM
does diskpart then load
if so type
what does that show please
Please do not be concerned at me coming in on the thread phillpower2 and myself are close colleagues and often work together
Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:08 AM
I have an update. Now when I turn the laptop on I get a load of text on the screen that ends with something like "fixed disk error".
It will still boot from the Win7 DVD, so I have done as you suggested. Diskpart does load, but when I ask for a list it says "There are no fixed disks to show". Sounds to me like it's definitely dead.....
Posted 09 April 2012 - 11:25 AM
I would take the drive out of the computer and connect it to another computer in an enclosure or docking station. If you can borrow one all the better of course. If you have to buy one ensure if it is an enclosure that besides being a 2.5 drive fitting it is also NOT one of the slimline models, as they will not fit some of the older laptop 2.5 drives as the drive is too deep.
This will confirm it for you beyond doubt, on the very slight chance that the drive itself is OK, albeit it is extremely unlkely and the porblem lies elsewhere.
As far as I am able to ascertain there is a cover on the base of the laptop with two screws on one edge, the cover then lifts off and there is inside a metal caddy which retains the hard drive.
Unfortunately being the Advent I cannot find the service manual, but usually the caddy itself is then securec by screws and after removing those, the caddy and drive left up, to disconnect.
If you do decide to proceed, ensure you remove the battery, hold down the power button for a full 20 seconds and do not touch any components apart from the hard drive, althoughI do not think any are really accessible from the HDD cover, without taking anti=static precuations.
You then need to beg borrow buy one of these
ONLY of course to give an example of what you are looking for.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:46 PM
I have taken the drive out and connected it to my desktop using a SATA to USB lead - it's not even recognised, which would suggest that it is dead.
Guess I'm going shopping for a new HDD....
Now I'm only going to be using this laptop as a spare from now on, so I don't want to spend a lot of money on a new HDD. Can anyone recommend a half decent one? Ideally I don't want to spend any more than £20-25 - there seem to be quite a few 60-80Gb ones on ebay for that sort of price - is there anything I should look out for (or avoid)?
Edited by owen5, 09 April 2012 - 01:07 PM.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:06 PM
I guess you are -shopping for a new drive
Although Puppy is a reasonable test of the hardware and all the indications are the drive I would tend towards, if at all possible, trying to borrow another drive. Ideally of course, although probably extremely lucky if you can, a drive on which you can try the install., as one with an O/S installed on another computer may very well not of course boot on this laptop.
Puppy will boot from ram even without a drive connected and the cost of the drive may JUST by slight chance prove to be a waste if the problem proves NOT just to be the drive.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:29 PM
There's an old laptop kicking around in work. I can probably take the drive from that, format it, and then give it a try. Better than buying a new one just to find out that something else is wrong.
I'll give that a go and let you know how I get on.
Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:32 PM
If it OLD it may not of course be a SATA HDD it maybe PATA (IDE)
Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:44 PM
I'll have a look anyway. Can't hurt.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:46 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:19 AM
Bought a HDD from ebay. It arrived this morning, I've fitted it and have installed Win7 - so far all seems to be going well!!
Assuming no further problems I'll make sure to keep a note of the product key, and to backup anything important.
Thanks once again to everyone for their help!
Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:41 AM
See this - for backup and system image on 7.
Do not forget the repair disc and you may find some useful information on here a short article I have written.
Aimed mainly at the novice user, but perhaps something for you here and there
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