laptop won't boot up itself

January 30, 2012 at 16:27:43
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Today when i turned on my laptop it failed to load itself, it wouldnt go past the compaq logo. At first none of the f buttons work but now when i am turning the laptop on and hold f8 it first of all went to a menu then it started up but all of my icons disappeared. I turned it off again and when i turned it on again and pressed f8 a black screen will come up. I dont know what to do, i have alot of pictures on it that i want to save, how can i do this.
I have a compaq presario r3000

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January 31, 2012 at 06:05:47
"i have alot of pictures on it that i want to save, how can i do this."

You never heard of keeping backup copies of all your files in case the hard drive fails?
You knew about backups but just never bothered about it? Very foolish.
It may already be too late to think or ask about it now.

Test your hard drive with the drive makers diagnostic software for DOS. The links are here:

Then download and install IMGBurn from here:

Using IMGBurn, create a CD from the ISO file you downloaded from the drive manufacturer's website. Now boot your faulty laptop from that CD to test the drive.
If it says "Failed" it means the drive is scrap metal, the data on it cannot be retrieved unless you pay a lot of money to a data retrieval company, and you'll have to buy a new drive.

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