How do you get past the black screen so you can get in.

April 3, 2017 at 17:04:36
Specs: Hp
How do you get past that black screen so you can get your stuff off the computer? ?? I would like to get my pictures. HELP!
It says 00 USB mass storage devices found and configured
ST3500418AS: Hard disk failure is imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!

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April 3, 2017 at 18:30:44
I assume the failing drive--ST3500418AS--is internal and the USB mass storage device is non-booting? If so try booting with the USB drive removed. Occasionally they interfere with booting.

Do other error messages come up? How long do you wait for it to do something?

Sometimes a failing drive will occasionally boot up so you may want to keep trying. If it does, don't turn it off and have your copying hardware available.

Otherwise the best thing to do is remove the failing drive and connect it to a working, booting second somputer and transfer files that way. That means putting it in an external USB case or attaching it internally to a available port there.

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April 3, 2017 at 21:03:17
IF all of the above fail to help you recover your files you may be able to try the following "Freezer Method":
Remove the hard drive and place it in a Ziploc bag, if possible with a small Silica-gel bag to absorb moisture. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove from freezer and bag and immediately connect as a second drive on a working desktop computer and boot it up. If it works copy all of the data as fast as possible before it warms up. If necessary shut down and repeat another 30 minutes cooling down, etc.
You can Google it online if you want to see other tips and risks but if it is not working and you are not going to spend BIG bucks on professional recovery, it may be worth it for you.

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

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