laptop hard drive problem

May 8, 2012 at 21:43:17
Specs: Windows7, 3.0 512
I have sony laptop that hard drive has some problem.
If i go bio i can not see HDD but i can see ram.
I boot from win 7 setup cd go to cmd prompt then type in dir i see all files.
at the setup window i see boot drive that contain some setup , license many other file
how can i use these file to do setup.
An other thing is i remove HDD from laptop and connect with desktop pc using USB this HDD spin few seconds then stop also diskpart command i can not select drive number because i try drive number 0 and 1 is not work.
Is this HDD failure or what Please let know
thanks
r.

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#1
May 9, 2012 at 05:21:21
If it does not show up in BIOS set up that typically means the drive is bad, but trying a different power and signal cable is worth the time. If it also does not work on a desktop as a second hard drive, assuming you are using a different signal cable and the power cable would have to be from the desktop's power supply, then you can be pretty sure that the drive is dead.
You will need a Recovery Disk Set from the system manufacturer in order to reload your operating system or a new retail Windows 7 install disk w/key. The recovery disk set will probably cost you some (depending on the mfg) but much less than an install disk w/key. If it is by any chance it is under warranty then the manufacturer should at least supply you with replacement drive and recovery software, unless you want them to do the repair (or they insist on it).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
May 9, 2012 at 21:06:06
Thank you for your information but i boot with win 7 cd then goto load drivers there is one drive i can see letter is X:\ call boot i see the setup icon
Is there any thing Ican do ?
let me know please
Thanks

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#3
May 10, 2012 at 06:13:25
If the BIOS does not see it and changing cables does not change things then software cannot see it. If it did then you could run a test on the drive with th e hard drive mfg's utility and recovery software to try to extract files that do not otherwise appear when you access the drive. BUT since it does not show up in BIOS, that is it. The only other way to recover the files would be to spend a lot of money for a professional data recovery service who has some other ways they can use that we cannot including (I assume) taking the drive apart and mounting the 'disk' plattens on a special machine in a 'clean' room.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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