laptop hd failure?

September 25, 2010 at 20:21:23
Specs: Windows Vista home 64, 2 GHz AMD Turion X2 RM-70 Dual-Core Mobile Processor/4gb
So my cat knocked my laptop off the table whle i was using it. Now it doesnt boot up. There is a rythmic clicking noise when i power it on...sounds as if it is coming from where the hard drive is located. It starts to load then goes to a prompt that says No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key. I have tried running the hd test tool from bios and it doesnt find a hard drive. I also looked in the bios and there is no hard drive recognized. I tried the recovery disk but it times out when its ready to install to the hd and gives an error message of 100A. I figure it damaged my dirve when it hit the ground? If i buy another drive will the recovery disks still work to install on the new drive? Could it be something else? it is a HP Pavilion dv7-1132nr . Thanx for any help.

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September 25, 2010 at 23:52:08
yes recovery disc will still work. May be the drive isn't seated well, try to reinstall it.

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September 26, 2010 at 04:54:44
first thing i did was pop the hd out and then reseat it. had no effect. The noise is definately coming from the hd. I guess i will buy a hard drive today and try to run my restore disks.

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