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This morning after I finished using my laptop I slammed it shut a little harder than I should. When I went to open it back up this afternoon a black screen appeared with the following" Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" After pushing every key on my board nothing happens it just repeats itself and will not let me go anywhere. Also, when I try to reboot my computer it makes a ticking noise. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

It is an Asus Windows 7 computer
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Almost afraid to say this but, it sounds like the hard drive has been severely damaged. The ticking noise is often caused by the reciprocating heads repeatedly seeking back and forth trying to locate the boot sector on the spinning platters. And, if the read/write heads touched the still spinning platters, the data that was under those scratches/gouges is gone forever.

Ontrack, Flashback Data and DriveSavers are three well-known companies that can attempt to retrieve files off of a 'dead' hard drive. Pricing typically runs between a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars (US).
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