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how to tell if hard drive is dead?

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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
June 26, 2014 7:12:45 AM

i've got a laptop that won't boot. sometimes it says boot device not found, other times it just hangs on the windows load screen for ~10 minutes before BSODing with that boot device not found message

how can i determine if the hard drive is actually failing?

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June 26, 2014 7:39:28 AM

What i would do is open up the laptop carefully, remove the hard drive from the laptop and then mount that drive in an external SATA-to-USB adapter and plug it into another computer. Once done, install HDDscan ( ) and run a scan, it should tell you if there are any errors with your hard drive!

Hope this helps!
June 26, 2014 7:44:16 AM

what if i don't have a SATA-to-USB adapter? do you have any suggestions for a boot CD i could run to find out if the hdd is dead?
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