Disk error accorured will not let you boot up laptop
Disk errors can occur for many reasons but typically due to age of the drive. The average life span of a hard drive is only a few years, despite the fact that we can usually get a decade or so out of them if the conditions are right.
Another possibility is that your drive had been exposed to something online that has caused data corruption. Another; moisture can significantly damage a HDD. Another yet is that excessive G forces, such as dropping the system, can also cause damage to the HDD (and other internal goodies).
The good news is that there are pro computer shops that can, in most cases, recover the data that exists on an inaccessible drive. The cost is usually between $50.00 and $100.00 USD and is well worth the cost if facing the loss of extremely important data. This can usually be accomplished within an hour.
The bad news is that you're looking at the cost of replacing the drive, reloading an operating system and setting up drivers again.
If there are errors on the disk that translate into bad sectors (areas of the drive that are physically damaged), it's still possible to reuse the drive, though I wouldn't suggest doing so. Bad sectors are a tell-tail sign that the drive is nearing the end of its life and continued use will most likely result in frustration when even more data is lost as even more sectors die.
You can attempt to recover the data yourself if you've another computer. You'll need either another laptop with an external drive port or a desktop with an external laptop drive port plugged in in order to access the drive. Just because the OS won't boot doesn't necessarily mean that the data can't be accessed.
... and someone once said that computers were going to make our lives simpler and more efficient. LOL. ;)
Note: before replacing the drive, have it removed from your laptop and installed into another to confirm that it is, indeed, lifeless. If it is, carry on with either having the data professional extracted or personall accessed via another computer. If not and it boots up on another laptop, you may have to investigate a possible IDE or SATA port malfunction (depending on how old your laptop is) or... gasp... an even more serious motherboard issue.
Jul 07, 2009 |
Computers & Internet