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Hard Disk hangs

Hi there. Need help. My hard disk hangs everytime it boots up, and it shows a blank screen with a blinking cursor in the upper right corner of the screen. I tried to slave it to a functioning hard disk and it causes this hard disk to also hang, it is not detected initially by the functioning hard disk but when I run "scan for hardware changes" in device manager, the failed hard disk sometimes shows up, but causes already the functioning hard disk to hang. Any advice?

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You have to give it for reairing or buy a new hard disk..

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