Posted 18 October 2010 - 11:15 PM
I'm having issues with a laptop, Toshiba Satellite A215S4697 running Windows Vista. The hard drive makes a continuous clicking sound upon booting and displays a black screen with an error:
"For Realtek RTL8100E/8101E Fast Ethernet Network Adapter v.1.02 (060529)
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F Exiting PXE ROM"
I am aware now that it is showing this because it is attempting to boot from LAN, but what my problem is that when I went into the system BIOS and disabled the option to boot from LAN, I noticed the hard drive wasn't being recognized as a boot device. Is this a sure sign of a bad hard drive or could it be some other issue? How can I fix this? Also if the hard drive is the issue, is there a way to recover some data from it via a software such as norton ghost or other hard drive recovery softwares? Thanks in advance