Toshiba Laptop HD dead???

I offered to reformat my friends computer a few days ago. It was infested with spyware and trojans and loaded extremley slow. Browsing various sites caused the browser to crash. I did not run check disk because I the computer was booting fine it was just slow.

I go to reformat and it froze at 57%. I left it for over an hour but it was frozen for sure. I thought maybe it overheated, so I proped it up, but then...

HD was not detected in bios. I got to Windows XP setup and HD was not detected. No option to repair or try setup, it told me no HD was detected.

I took the HD out and tried it again, still no detection.

It's a SATA drive so I connected it to my PC. Couldn't find it in disk managment at all.

Is it dead? I need to know if it's garbage and my friend has to buy a new one.

When booting up the computer you have 3 choices.

F2 - bios (you have to spam it, sometimes it doesn't work)
E12 - boot menu (doesn't work - it did the first time when I tried to reformat)
ESC - shows ram, cpu, system bios and video shadowed, etc. If I hit f2 then SOMETIMES I can get into bios.

If there are any tests I can do that would be great.
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  1. Thats all you need to know. Its time to replace the drive.

    zyzz said:
    I go to reformat and it froze at 57%. I left it for over an hour but it was frozen for sure. I thought maybe it overheated, so I proped it up, but then...
  2. nhasian said:
    Thats all you need to know. Its time to replace the drive.

    My last laptop that I sold crashed multiple times during Windows XP Installation. Reason was it was getting to hot. So I propped it up on bowls.

    Any tests I can run?
  3. yes you can remove the hard disk from the computer and try formatting it in another computer. most likely you will get the same result as I suspect the hard disk has failed.
  4. yeah I said I did that I plugged it into mine. Failed to show in disk management or as a new hardware device.

    I have never had a hard drive before so I want to make sure it is trash before my friend spends $70 on a new HD.
  5. Like nhasian told you,the drive is dead.
  6. too bad. never had one die on me before.

    thanks.
  7. Your welcome glad to help!!!!!!!!
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