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My hard disk has an error and computer cannot boot. what should i do?

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First, recover your files. You can recover files with file recovery software like asoftech data recovery. download the software from
http://download.cnet.com/Asoftech-Data-Recovery/3000-2248_4-75328850.html?part=dl-75328850&subj=dl&tag=button

I've had to use it many times in the past but in this case you need to plug that drive into another system as an external drive or slave drive and run the software from there. It will rebuild the drive and hopefully recover the files.

After you get back your files, you can then format the drive and reinstall your system.

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Hi there,
Firstly,you ought to recover the files from this hard drive to avoid losing them.For software,you can use the one I used before.It is easy to recover the files.
Download this program called Tenorshare Data Recovery and run it.There are four steps to do:
1. Select deleted recovery. It will take you a few minutes to scan your flash drive;
2.You can see all lost files listed on the task window, click the files you want to recover;
3. Select a path folder for the recovered files to save in.Had better not save in the flash drive;
4. Click "OK" to finish recovery.
Then,you can format the hard drive to check out whether it can be fixed.Hope this helps!Luck!
The data recovery software: http://www.any-data-recovery.com

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Hello Maxinsyke, Hi, First you need to recover your files, then you reformat the drive. So how do we recover the files, here are several thing that may work to recover your files.

  1. remove your hard disk out of the computer.
  2. Use another computer to recover the files, or visit a friend with another computer, ask if you could use the computer. make sure you have the same windows OS. Much better if you have another computer with same model or motherboard.
  3. Install your hard drive to the other computer. Boot.
  4. get your files, back it up.
  5. you can now reformat your hard drive. (if you have the same model computer, perform a check disk test, there is a good chance you may recover the boot files.)
hope this helps. let me know your progress

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First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If this does not work then reboot and go to theBIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn'tdetect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Next - to determine if thehard drive is faulty, remove the hard drive and insert it into an USB hard drive adapter and connect it to a workingcomputer's USB port. If this computer cannot see itas an external hard drive and you cannot open the various folders and files,this confirms the hard drive is faulty. The hard drive needs to bereplaces in the laptop and Windows installed and the laptop's device driversand your programs etc to get a functioning laptop again.

Posted on Apr 06, 2011

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