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Pc not seeing harddrive

Will not boot up completely

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Try to change your hard drive.

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Have you tryed starting up in safe mode?.

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The "Error" texts saying:
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.
Are completely normal. This simply states that there is no external cables plugged into the specialty inputs on your toshiba laptop.

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If you still have this problem, your harddrive might have a problem with the booting files on it. Reinstalling or repairing windows will fix this. Put your windows disc in and boot to it.

Hopefully you wont have a problem installing or repairing windows or your harddrive could be bad. Before buying a new harddrive for it try removing it from the bay and reinstalling it, in case of a bad connection (example:harddrive wasn't fully connected.).You could go into bios and see if it shows up there.

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