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Re: laptop hard drive physical damage
If it's clicking then you may be out of luck. Sending it to a data recovery agency is really costly. You may (???) be able to get some files off the drive if you connect it to someone else's computer as a second drive. I've also heard that putting the drive in the freezer will sometimes let the drive work for a short period of time. But, IMHO the drive is toast.
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dropping it while turned on is fatal as it usually damages the write heads and/or the platters.
if it hit the floor, changes are it's physically damaged the mechanism.
recovering data from a drive with this damage is not cheap as you will have to send it away to be rebuilt. It's impossible to rebuild it yourself.
Hi, it means the machine can`t find the OS to load. So it means you`re more likely having an issue with your hard drive. To determine that, follow these instructions: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1440 and then post how it goes.
Yvette,Your hard drive is one physical device but is divided in to two virtual drives. One side is for your data and windows to reside one. The other side keeps the factory defaults for your computer in case you get a virus or your windows installation is broken. It seems like the restore partition for your drive may be erased, corrupt or damaged. Your other data my very well be okay and can possibly be recovered. If your laptop came with a restore disk, then you can use that to erase your hard drive and re-install Windows and create a new restore partition. I would suggest contacting Acer support at 1-800-571-2237 for a restore cd.
The irregular clicking or chunking sound usually indicates that your hard drive is suffering from physical damage.immediately backup your data, your hard disk will die soon.
This problem can be caused by the following:
If your hard disk is under warranty then you contact your manufacturer.
Hard disk drive occasionally produces a whirring sound when it searches for a file which is heavily fragmented. This is caused by the spinning platters as the read-write heads zoom back and forth to access the sectors where the data is stored. It is important to distinguish the whirling sound from the clicking sound. This whirring sound can be reduced by periodically defragmenting your hard drive. Defragmenting reorganizes the scattered data on the hard drive to make files and programs run faster. It relocates the commonly accessed files to the beginning of the hard disk where data can load at a faster rate.
Usually for a clicking sound it is the hard drive that is causing this. Try if you can still access safemode. Press F8 continuously after turning on the computer. If you can access that, backup your files and do a system restore to a previous date when the computer was working fine. If that wont work, reinstall the whole operating system. If still not resolved, replace the hard drive.
Apparently you damaged an internal component.
Your BIOS program performs a POST (Power On Self Test) on each of your computer's devices before it will allow the operating system to boot up. The POST protects your computer from damage to more devices if it runs into a fatal error with one.
I suspect that your hard drive may have been damaged. Hard drive is not the first thing checked, which would account for the few seconds that the POST runs. And, hard drives are easily damaged.
SInce your POST shut down your computer so early, it's hard to tell what else might have been damaged, but I would think it would be worth replacing the hard drive and trying to boot the computer up again.
Hi, Unfortunately this is a very specialized field and the sounds you describe are those of a hard drive which has hardware damage. It will most likely cost you less to buy new hard drives than having the old ones repaired. Best wishes, Graemevm