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Disk detection On and Off

Dell Vostro A860 Laptop disk detection on and off and the laptop cant boot absolutely.
A hard disk is present but it sometimes failsdetection and sometimes it is detected from the BIOS!

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You could have a partially defective hard drive and could fail permanently at any time.
Try reseating the hard drive and if you manage to get the laptop up and running, I would suggest you back up your data before the hard drive fails.

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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