Error loading operating system Windows 7
I accidentally dropped my ASUS laptop (from bedside table onto carpeted floor) that's using Windows 7 as OS. It was running at the time and after the fall, it froze up, making a funny noise. I then restarted it and now it says error loading operating system. Unfortunately, I did not create any recovery disks, even if I did, they're nowhere to be found. What should I do? Help!! I read and tried the suggestion to press F2 to go into BIOS to set hard disk to first boot device, but it didn't work. Or maybe I did it wrong. I'm not tech savvy so would appreciate any advice in layman terms to get my laptop working again without heavy expenses. Thanks!!
The hard drive is very likely to have been damaged by physical shock, especially as the read/write heads were not parked at the time.
Test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software fro DOS which loads from a bootable CD.
For WD hard drives, the link to the CD Image download is here: http://www.smartestcomputing.us.com/topic/63494-looking-for-western-digital-data-lifeguard-iso/
For other makes of drive, go here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
You can use IMGBurn to create a CD from any CD Image: