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Issue with HDD

When I switch on the laptop, all indicators except hard drive indicator are on, usually I hear the HDD rattling... and I am not hearing that sound too... System not boots up.

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Sounds like the Hard Drive crashed. Remove the HD and test it in another computer to be sure.

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That is BAD -- the disk-drive could have "died".

2) tried a seagate hdd works fine so connections in laptop seem to be working

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