Has CHKDSK killed my laptop hard drive?

April 2, 2011 at 06:10:05
Specs: Windows 7
had a problem with my harddrive when it was running as slow as a one legged pig after a BSOD. Ran chkdsk /f/r on the C: and it got hung up on 13 percent for nearly 24 hours having repaired some damaged sectors. I (foolishly now) stopped the chkdsk but when I restarted the laptop with the Win7 disk in it no longer recognised my hard drive even existing.

Have I completely killed it or is there anything I can do?


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#1
April 2, 2011 at 06:40:59
Remove all CDs, boot the machine while pressing F8 a few times. Try to get to a boot menu. If that doesn't work, reset the BIOS & boot it again.

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#2
April 2, 2011 at 06:47:42
tried restarting while pressing f8 several times but after going past the HP splash screen it just ends up with a flashing cursor top left of the screen and nothing more.

how do I reset the BIOS? never done that before.

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#3
April 2, 2011 at 06:49:33
I have an HP dv5220 laptop in case that helps

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#4
April 2, 2011 at 06:52:35
During the POST screen, it will tell you what to press to enter setup. It could be F10, del, F1 or F2 depending on the BIOS. Once you're in there, you can't use the mouse, it's all keyboard. Follow the instructions at the bottom to navigate. You'll be using the arrows, tab & enter keys.

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#5
April 2, 2011 at 06:55:51
okay, gone into setup and reset BIOS to defaults and tried again but still get flashing cursor and nothing more

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#6
April 2, 2011 at 07:04:53
I am thinking the hard disk is done. Manufacturers provide drive fitness test for checking their hard drives. In your case you would have to get to a working machine to download the utility and make a bootable cd. Then you could test the hard disk. It sure sounds like the hard drive to me.

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#7
April 2, 2011 at 07:09:12
"I have an HP dv5220 laptop in case that helps"

Uh, yeah, that's an important tid-bit of info & should have been stated right from the start.

Is the HDD being properly recognized in the BIOS? Did you try running a repair from the Win7 DVD? Try the diagnostics as was mentioned above.


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#8
April 2, 2011 at 07:16:35
HDD not recognised in BIOS or by the Win7 recovery when the Win7 disk is run.

I think its fried.


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#9
April 2, 2011 at 10:00:15
If this makes you feel better, chkdsk did not wreck the drive. You should have let it finish, however, many times if the drive is badly failing it will not complete anyway. The worst not completing could cause; would be having to re partition, repair it, or re format. Kinda sounds like the board on the hard disk is going or gone.

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#10
April 2, 2011 at 10:03:45
Unfortunately, Generally speaking, the more info they have squeezed on to the same size platter to make larger and larger capacity hard disks, the less reliable they have become. SSD's are having issues too. The old hardisks, 10g or less you had to take out back and shoot with a gun or drill out....lol

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#11
April 2, 2011 at 11:11:17
Nowadays with the larger drives you should try to copy off the data before attempting any repair. There is too much to fix in one pass.

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