Posted 01 February 2011 - 01:32 AM
Hello, and thanks in advance.
I am working with a friend's HP DV5 laptop. I do not have any windows Vista CDs.
When powering up, the laptop will show the windows progress bar, the splash screen with the scrolling windows icon, and then, after a very long time, it will show a blue screen with a cursor in the middle. It will not progress beyond that stage.
Using Esc, I have accessed the options to check for startup and attempt booting into the recovery platform. This doesn't work.
So far, the only thing I've managed to get is a return on the "Primary Hard Disk Self Test"
Result: "Replace Hard Disk 1"
While that seems like a nice option, the goal here is data recovery, or trying to get this blasted thing to boot just once so I can copy some things.
I was thinking I might be able to put some kind of utility on a thumb drive to repair the hard disk errors?
Help me out!