Did a windows vista update and rebooted as prompted. Loading windows takes extremely long time.. 8-10 minutes. Thought this was due to the OS update and did not even think about a hardware error. Did another reboot.. loading windows was just as slow or even slower. Third reboot and HD not recognized by BIOS = dead HDD. Not recognized on other laptops either. No clicking sound or whatever. It just spins up and the BIOS error msg appears, then spins down.
I suspect that there might be an error on my PCB, but my untrained eyes cannot detect any burnt components... I've also read that this could be a SA error..
It is also worth mentioning that my apartment is real pain when it comes to static electricity. The discharge often happened as I sat down with my computer.. and I strongly believe that this could be the underlying reason for the breakdown. My laptop has already killed two other hard drives. I thought that there would be some sort of electrostatic shielding, and shouldn't there be? At the same time I find it strange that this occured after a windows update..
Do you guys have any idea of what is wrong? I have tried to look up identical PCBs without any luck yet..
I've linked pictures of the PCB for you to inspect, both front and back