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November 26, 2012 11:01:29 PM

Hello so I have what may or may not be an interesting situation. I dropped my wife's laptop the other day and on starting it up it went to the startup repair prompt (before "starting windows") however whether I select to go through the startup repair or try to start windows, the result us the same: I get back to the prompt. I have gone through the whole F8 list of starup options, none of which got me anywhere. It's an HP 625 and has some diagnostics so I ran them and it came up with a hard drive error. So my question is: is the hard drive just completely dead? Or would I be able to perform any semblance of a recovery if I were to put it in an external enclosure?

HP 625 Notebook
Seagate momentus 5400.6 320GB hard drive.
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November 26, 2012 11:08:06 PM

It depends...was it on at the time? Perhaps only a cable to the drive came loose.

If it was on then the drive might be toast. But do get it out of the machine and try hooking it to a desktop temporarily to see if the drive is readable.
November 26, 2012 11:14:48 PM

It was on and I already opened the bottom up and pulled out the hard drive and put it back in to no avail. So my question is, say I plug it into another computer and it's readable, would there be any way to do all the things a system recovery would do while it's being used as an external drive?
December 9, 2012 4:50:09 AM

So I've actually got the hard drive out and hooked up as an external drive, is there anything I can do to recover/restore the main partition? Making it bootable again would be nice but really as long as I can access it long enough to get it off I should be ok.