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July 16, 2014 7:49:35 AM

Hi all,

Last night I received a message that my hard drive had a problem from windows and that I should back it up immediately (which I did). This is the "Windows has detected a problem with the hard disk" message. However the computer shut itself off before the backup could complete. When I went to restart the computer to see if I could complete the backup BIOS does not show my hard drive as a bootable option. I put a live CD of a linux release that i had sitting around in and booted that. I can access the hard drive and I recovered all of my personal data onto an external hard drive but I am still very confused as to what I could do to make my computer recognize my drive again.

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July 16, 2014 8:07:52 AM

There is not much of anything you can do, you can likley get it to recognize the drive once maybee twice more in the bios (with many attempts) since you already got your data off of it then just replace the drive and install windows. Sounds like a great time to upgrade to an SSD!
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July 16, 2014 8:59:02 AM

boosted1g said:
There is not much of anything you can do, you can likley get it to recognize the drive once maybee twice more in the bios (with many attempts) since you already got your data off of it then just replace the drive and install windows. Sounds like a great time to upgrade to an SSD!


I was hoping to avoid a new drive but Im guessing that is what I am stuck doing most likely. I did not receive a windows install disc with the laptop or for microsoft office, matlab, solidworks, and several other programs. This is a four year old laptop. Is it worth trying to revive or can I expect my components to all start the fall off now. Performance wise the laptop is adequate for most users; 4GB DDR3; Intel I3. I'm wondering if the years of overworking a computer not really up to Matlab and Solidworks may finally be taking their toll.

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July 16, 2014 9:05:07 AM

You will need a new drive for your current laptop. Hard drives are $50-150 depending on what you get. Running matlab and solidworks on an i3 would be a little sluggish vs a higher end cpu, as long as the laptop OEM is quality then it will hold up to the punishment just being slower. If you have the funds and looking for justification though, then go for it and get an i7 laptop.
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