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I dropped my Toshiba laptop from about a foot and a half off a table and onto a hardwood floor. The Device was in sleep mode when dropped and now when i try to boot i get ethier a "boot mgr error" or a "disk error".
I tried the windows repair solution on it and it didn't reconize any current OS's being installed. When i tried to just freshly install windows i got an copy error. Any suggestions? Is the hard drive a bust or is it something else.
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Very good guess. If the computer is turning on and going through POST and it's coming up with that error, then it's the hard drive (hopefully not the platters).
If it makes noise (like clinking or grinding on startup), then you may be done for.
If it makes no noise (not even a hum) then the spindle isn't starting or may be stuck.
If it sounds fine, then it's the platters, and that's something on the microscopic level to fix.

You could google disksavers, they are an expensive company, but they have the correct means to save your data if you really, really, really, want.
Otherwise, if you have nothing to lose, take the hard drive out (usually there are some screws on the bottom which lock the hard drive in, just unscrew and simply pull it out, when the lappy is OFF) and put it into an enclosure (a seperate thing you can pick up for 20 bucks and return later if the hard drive really is bust. You can get them from most places, just make sure to bring your hard drive so they can help you with finding the right connector),
After it's good to go, plug it into another computer.
If you can't read from it (even with the additional power provided by the enclosures power cord(usually usb powered too)) then you can try putting the drive in a ziploc bag, and freezing it in a freezer for about 3 hours. Then try to read from it again (quickly).
If that doesn't work, then I don't know what to tell you mate.

Posted on Dec 15, 2008

  • Myke Prior
    Myke Prior Dec 15, 2008

    It needs to be able to read and write from the platters, which is why you can't install anything anyways, probably not even erase.

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