Out of the blue, my laptop would no longer recognize the HDD.
It says, on start-up, "No Bootable Device-- Insert boot disk and press any key"
I have taken the hard drive out and put it another laptop. Same issue. I have a external enclosure case (USB), but the laptop won't recognize it. Oddly, it shows up in the Device Manager with the HDD model etc and shows up under Disk Management as "Disk 1, Unknown, Not Initialized". It won't let me initialize it.
Thanks for replying, unfortunately that doesn't work since testdisk (or any other program) can't find the hard drive. It doesn't show up. My guess is that I will have to take it in and pay $$ if I want the data.