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Hard Drive failure?

When i was on something, the windows suddenly hanged and beep sound came out. I had to switch it off and try again. But this time, i can't even get into the windows screen. Even booting with CD won't work (it will restart once it checks my hard drive)... guess my HD's failed? or i need to unscrew the HDD and try to fit it back in?

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  • takwong Jan 24, 2008

    My laptop is a samsung p30 FYI



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Your'e in right track dude..try to recconect your buswire to your HDD. Then upon booting up your laptop, go to BIOS then detect your HDD's.ok?

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Try the HD on another Labtop with a IDLE Kit, or take of the HD and Boot, if the laptop tells you the HD is missing its ok, also check your memory and your BIOS setting, It could be your HD or your HD, Just do some testing before any future decision.

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