This is the third hard drive I've had to put into my laptop. And to tell you the truth, its getting really annoying. When I turn the computer on a black screen appears and it says "No boot sector on internal hard drive" "No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" If I press F2 it takes me to a blue screen with all the computers major information on it, I guess. I'm not a computer expert so I just dont mess with any of those setting...could you please help???
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Re: Hard drive issues
This can happen if you leave a CD/DVD in the drive, a flash drive, memory (flash) card, etc connected to your computer when you first turn it on.
If that isn't it and the hard drives are good (I think we can assume this), then you must go into the Setup Utility (also called BIOS Setup). And setup and tell it you have a hard drive connected. Otherwise it won't see it.
If that doesn't work, this now doesn't sound good. As you then need a new controller. Which means a new motherboard.
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Here is a quick solution to speed up your laptop fast. 1-Delete old system restore points. 2-From HDD properties, perform disk cleanup. 3-Remove any unwanted third party software, and please remove all annoying toolbars. 4- Install ccleaner and perform cleanup. 5- Defrag your hard-drive (very important to see results)
Reboot computer after its done and you should see immediate increase of speed compared to the last hour.
This is a regular problem on Win XP computers. They are old so the hard drive is also old. You may need to do a reinstall of your operating system. But you could try running RKill first it is a rootkit killer. This may find the problem in your software, but don't hold your breath, With chkdsk failing it is a reliable indicator of a physical failure on the hard disk. You need to consider that a hard disk is metal plates spinning very fast and while they are designed to take some knocks, over time a laptop takes more knocks than you would expect. The plain truth is, stuff breaks and need s replacing.
Lol, yeah the black plastic tab is very common in laptops. It's there to give you leverage to slide the HDD out of the connector. You can also just put the palm of you hand on the drive with a little pressure and give it a good **** and it should come out of the connector. Manufacturers are very good about putting "warrenty void if sticker removed" stickers on parts they don't want you to touch FYI.
You're out of luck. Not calling you a thief, but 99% of the time when you get a laptop where the person in possession of it does not know the hard drive password, the laptop is stolen. The original owner puts a lock on the Hard Drive to keep users from getting to sensitive data. The owner could have put the password lock on remotely as soon as it was stolen.
Try connecting the hard drive to some other laptop and see if its getting recognized. Issue could be either with the hard drive itself of it could be with the usb port which you are using to connect the hard drive to your laptop.
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If you've damaged your laptop's hard drive, there isn't too much you can do about the issue depending on the amount of damage. If it is only crashing, but still operable, you may just have enough time to save some of your information with an external hard drive or other form of data storage. Retrieve your preferred data storage device (an external hard drive would be the best choice in this situation) and try to save as much data from the broken hard drive by copying your data over to a backup folder on your external hard drive. You can find your external hard drive under "My Computer" once it has been plugged in. After you've saved your data, I would suggest buying a new hard drive for your laptop and replacing it carefully. Most laptops can be opened up from the bottom (DON'T undo any screws) and have their hard drives removed, so that you may be able to place in a new one. Be sure that you buy a compatible laptop hard drive, and not a larger hard drive meant for desktop computers.
What size hard drive is it? There is a know problem with Seagate 80GB sata 2.5 Mobile Hard Drives (example Apple Macbooks 2005-2006 had these drives), The drives were extremely faulty and several manufactures have extend their warranty's to 3 years for these faulty drives.