Any chance of reviving a dropped laptop?

November 22, 2017 at 00:16:04
Specs: Windows 8.1
Dropped inspiron 3135 touch screen onto concrete. Was on and running off battery at time of incident. I get ZERO response when attempting to turn it on no beeps no lights no flashes, zip. Would it be a pretty good assumption that my computer and all my data are gone forever?

Not sure if I should take it apart as I've no clue what to look for but paying for a repair or replacement isn't an option as I happen to have been doing a job search when my dog jumped on me & my laptop flew


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#1
November 22, 2017 at 02:37:41
Would it be a pretty good assumption that my computer and all my data are gone forever?

Depends on how badly it hit. Likely your best bet is to take it to somebody experienced and let them see what can be done (when funds to do so become available).

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#2
November 22, 2017 at 03:45:06
The hard drive would almost certainly have been damaged, especially as it was actually in use when dropped. At the very least a new hard drive will be required and, yes, you can kiss goodbye to the data that was on it - - - unless you have a recent backup somewhere.

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#3
November 22, 2017 at 06:45:02
The specifications for that laptop say that it is designed to
withstand an impact of 110 g when the hard drive is running.
That sounds like a lot, but the hard drive could still easily be
wrecked. And of course, the hard drive is the only thing that
really matters.

But if absolutely nothing happens when you press the power
button, then something is wrong other than the hard drive.
It might be as simple as a dislodged connector. Someone
will have to open the case and look for visible damage. You
can probably do that yourself. Whether you can fix anything
depends on what you find. You can plug a loose connector
back together, but if a surface-mounted component was torn
off of the motherboard, for example, that probably requires
replacement of the entire motherboard.

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#4
November 22, 2017 at 06:54:16
This Dell Support article might have useful info:

http://www.dell.com/support/article...

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#5
November 22, 2017 at 06:57:41
The answer is probably, but you won't know until you either get the laptop to power up again, or remove the drive and plug it into another system. Steps for removal can be found in the manual on pages 10 and 17-18: http://downloads.dell.com/manuals/a...

To connect it to another system, you'd either need a PC with a secondary internal SATA connection, like a workstation, or you'll need to get an external adapter. Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SAT...

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#6
November 22, 2017 at 08:59:15
I'd be inclined to remove the hard drive and, via usb adapter, connect it to another working computer.

Presuming it does power up and can be accessed... then you can approach discovering what ails the laptop itself?


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