Dropped laptop W7 cant find operating system

October 20, 2011 at 07:37:33
Specs: Windows 7
Sony vaio model 61112l got dropped and now it says it cant find Operating system,Is the hard drive locked out?Ive herd about ard drives having a lock out feture to prevent damage when thisc kinda thing happens.I have a college term paper on it and I NEED TO GET INTO THE HARD DRIVE> PLEASE HELP

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October 20, 2011 at 07:54:51
The hard drive may still be functional. The operating system has become corrupted.

You could run a fitness test on the hard drive or if you need to recover files NOW, use a live version of Linux, like Puppy, to access the files and copy them to flash or optical media. If the files are not accessible because Puppy can't see the hard drive, then the drive may be damaged.

After that, try performing a restore to factory state.

You have learned about one of many reasons why you should maintain backups of your personal data.

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