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Lost boot sector or hard disk failure?


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#1 dfly

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:05 AM

My laptop may have lost the boot sector or it maybe an unhealthy hard disk.  I am running windows 7, but I do not have the disk.  I used  Boot Med Plus to run a "harddrive diagnostic health test".  But when I selected that option and it started scanning system it comes up with the result"No drives found".  Can someone please help me?  Thanks!

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Do you see the hdd in the BIOS?

 

What is the make and model of this computer?

 

What happens when you start this computer?


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

these are two screens that come up when i start-up

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

bios system information

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:36 AM

The PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable error is caused by either an incorrect CMOS setting or a bad hdd.

 

The BIOS layout changes from one manufacturer to another, so I can't just tell you to look in the Standard CMOS Features and be sure that you will find it in your BIOS.  But there will be a section which which does show the hdd and the manufacturer, this what you need to find to see if your hdd is being seen there.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:55 PM

see attached bios system information.  btw, im a newbie.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 10:18 PM

Open the bottom panel and see if there is anything lose. You should also be able to hear if the disk is spinning that way.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:31 PM

i didnt see anything loose. i'm trying to attach pics to this post, but it wont allow me to attach a single file bigger than 1.3kb


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

Since you are a self confessed newbe let's start this over again and I'll make this as simple as I can.

 

The first picture you posted shows a GSmartControl message, GSmartControl is part of BootMed.  GSmartControl can do a number of test, but you have to tell it what to do.  There are two website which provides good instructions for the use of these tools,

 

How to Perform a Diagnostic Hard Drive Test (SMART) with BootMed

 

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BootMed Plus | Tag Archive | gsmartcontrol  This website contains a video for the use of this tool.

 

Is this the way you used this program?


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