computer will not boot up--lost hard drive

Gateway Fx6800-01e desktop
March 2, 2011 at 11:05:23
Specs: vista home premium, i7
woke up one morning to see all my lights flashing on my printer, went to my computer and hit the space bar to wake up, nothing happened. I had to shut down my computer by the power button and turn back on, when I did it came to the gateway screen with two options F2 bios setting or F10 boot menu, which I have been to both and neither one lists my hard drive. I then ordered recovery disk from gateway and when I put the system disk in it said windows is loading and when it got done loading it went to the windows loading screen with the scrolling green bars and will not go any further. Any ideas? I have a Gateway FX6800-01e i7 cpu

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March 2, 2011 at 11:51:58
Buy a new hard drive. That one is bad or is going bad.

I hope you had your files backed up because when you installed the recovery disk it more than likely formatted your drive removing any personal files. If you just did a repair install of Windows then you may be able to pull the drive and stick it in another computer to retrieve the files. You might be able to boot to Recovery Console and copy the files to an external hard drive.

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March 3, 2011 at 06:43:56
ok I will buy a new hard drive this weekend. I will let you know if it worked.

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March 8, 2011 at 13:17:04
Got a new hard drive seems to have done the trick. Thanks! So does that mean my other hard drive is totally done for or is there a way to fix?

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March 9, 2011 at 07:29:43
"other hard drive is totally done for or is there a way to fix?"

You can pay to have a data recovery company rebuild the drive for you but it is very expensive. If you have backups, then it is way cheaper to just buy another drive.

Every one has to remember hard drives do go bad the time between failures varies depending on usage, heat, manufacturing and other factors so it is hard to determine how long a hard drive will last. Just know that it will fail one day and to have a backup ready for when that happens. I always suggest that people get an external bookshelf hard drive to run backups to once in a while not only for hard drive failure but for devastating Root Kit Viruses that you just can't get rid of.

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