HP Pavillion dv6732nr hard drive gone

Hewlet packard pavillion / Dv6723
September 21, 2010 at 18:15:38
Specs: Windows Vista, 160G/2GB
I had an auto dl from windows, and hit "restart" when the prompt came up. I walked away, and when I returned, I saw a black screen with "no operating system found", or words to that effect. It went into system restore when I rebooted, or turned off &back on, and after system restore (all 100 times so far!) it says the following: "Load Key failed error 999 (STHIVE=0)".
I am somewhat computer literate, but this is way beyond my knowledge. No classes or educ in computer repair, other than knowing how to reformat with a disk. I have no disk. If I did it got lost in one of the 3 moves since purchase of this laptop.

Other info:
The hard drive (I think - whatever is underneath, left, back) was making horrid noises for a couple of months before. I had no $$ to get adequate back up device, much less putting it in somewhere for repair.

I am at the BIOS screen, but am clueless. It says press F10 for setup, but F10 does nothing. I have a back up & recovery disk in the drive from when I first backed up the computer after purchase, but I don't know how to get it to read this.

Also...last nite the HP Recovery started. It was weird, because had just gone to the site looking for help on another computer/my desktop, and then when I tried again to turn off & on, that is what came up. It's results were the same=no disk.

I have downloaded two disk repair programs on CD's, but don't have any idea how reliable, just rated high in CNET. Should I try these??

Any "step-by-step" help would be appreciated!!


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#1
September 21, 2010 at 18:53:24
"The hard drive (I think - whatever is underneath, left, back) was making horrid noises for a couple of months before"

As with any mechanical device, you have to act quickly when you hear "horrid noises". The noise *may* be your cooling fan but if your HDD died, you're SOL.

"I had no $$ to get adequate back up device, much less putting it in somewhere for repair"

You couldn't put burn your important data to CD/DVD disk or copy to a thumbdrive? I'm not 100% sure but I *think* an HP Recovery will delete all your files.


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#2
September 29, 2010 at 13:33:45
Hey - thanks for your reply.

Just to clarify; I did back up on CDs/DVDs. The HP Recovery recovered some data, and was able to show me that there was data but hard drive not working.

Since then, any search has turned up great youtube.com videos of step by step options to either repair a drive that had the "click of death", or how to hook it up to another computer (desktop) as a slave drive and pull off the data. This appears to be my best option. although most say getting a board from the exact same drive (manufactured within 1-2 weeks of the date on your own), and using the circuit board. After watching the video this seems to be worth thinking about. Also showed how to take out platter(s) (not sure what I have) and put them in a new hard drive.

I'm not touching it until I have watched more youtube on the subject, check out websites of those posting videos, and make a judgement call on who to trust!

Thanks again for your reply.

K.


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#3
September 30, 2010 at 05:43:22
You are correct. HP Recovery will delete every file and then put back basic programs, such as internet explorer (only good for downloading Google chrome :p )

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