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Hard drive error

My toughbook has shut down. It says something about a hard error. The hard drive sounds like it is making a wierd noise. The screen turns on, but i am unable to get it to boot, even in Safe Mode.

i tried swapping the hard drive with another toughbook and it does the same thing. I'm guessing that the hard drive itself is somehow damaged or the connection from the hard drive to the computer is failing.

Any help on how to recover the info on the hard drive would be helpful.


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You need an adapter is the hard drive is IDE, but not if it's Sata. You can probably connect it internally to almost any desktop computer, and then copy the data to a flash drive or other medium.

I can help you with the technicalities, but you'll have to find a friend who has a computer you can "borrow".

Alternatively, you can probably find a local computer shop that can provide this as a service, though you'd certainly have to pay.

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