Hi, I have a Compaq Presario R3000 Laptop with a failed hard drive, It has stopped working completely just a black screen. I have tried the system recovery CD that came with it but nothing happens. I can buy a new hard drive but is there any way I can retrieve the data from the old one???
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This could be a failing hard drive or failing RAM. The easiest and cheapest fix is the RAM. replace your RAM with some new sticks. It is easy and a lot cheaper than a hard drive with Operating System re-install. Which could also mean a loss of personal data (photos and videos) When your computer is working, back up your personal data as soon as you are able.
hard drive is missing from the system. Or, just does not recognize it.
obvious - Remove any USB devices like drives and any media from disc player.
Its trying to load, but can't find bootable hard drive, CD, or USB...
the hard drive and re-seat (reconnect). Check BIOS by pressing an F key
during boot. Look on the screen for correct Function key. Might be F2 key.
Verify BIOS recognizes the drive. It must be listed! There is no going
forward if it's not. Check boot order and make internal hard drive first.
Save and restart.
First reseat the hard drive. Next make sure you have no USB or ESATA devices connected to the laptop as the system could be trying to boot from one of them. Another possibility is that the hard drive could have failed. (when you install an OS you put the hard drive through a lot more stress than you would during normal use. If the drive was on the verg of failing that could have pushed it over the edge). There are built in hard drive diagnostics that you can run. Consult your owners manual or the Lenovo support site for a how-to guide.
Pressing F2 is the shortcut key to enter in cmos setup or bios settings where you can setup interrupt request and the direct memory access and also changing system date and time. While the F12 key is a shortcut key where you can select a boot device which are the hard disk drive if it's loaded with the operating system like windows xp or windows 7 etc., and if you are going to install or reformat your computer select the cd/dvd room drive to be the boot device. Supposedly the computer will load after the F2 or F12 appears on your screen if you have the functional operating system. But if your computer still restarting and always appearing on your screen the said F2 and F12 keys that means it is required to be reformat your computer. But before that you try to tapping F8 key while turning on your computer and select safe mode and press enter, after loading and still restarting that is the time to format your computer but you must back up your data or files that you saved on your computer. Call a computer technician or IT that know how to back up and can format your computer. Have a nice day.
replace all the leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions + IDE,SATA the ones that attach from your motherboard to hard drive one bad lead will cause a computer to shut down and lots of problems make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? then click start?run type?cmd then type?chkdsk/f which will automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive you have to keep?a computer very clean & free of dust ?and? give it regular?maintanance ? hope this helps
Any hard disk that makes clicking or metallic noises is faulty, especially when POST error message no bootable devices detected.
To confirm go into the BIOS setting and see if the hard drive is detected, if it cannot detect the hard drive then it is definitely faulty.
Replace the hard drive and install Windows on the new hard drive to get the computer working again.
since that it crashed, it is more practical that you reformat it, rather than buying new one. it is the system crashed not the whole hard disk and there is a great chance of reviving it , you have the recovery disk with you, then better use it than buying.
Start the computer in safe mode by tapping the "F8" key as it comes on.
Then open a cmd(start, run, cmd) box and type " chkdsk c: /f " without the quotes. This will check your hard drive and fix any problems.
Then see if it will start normally.