I just bought a new computer HP Envy 15 from amazon. Link to amazon: Link to amazon laptop
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor 2.20GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.10GHz
Windows 7 Home Premium Logo
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
15.6-inch diagonal Radiance Full HD Infinity LED-backlit display (1920 x 1080)
8GB 1600MHz DDR3
750GB 7200RPM hard drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h)
5.79 lbs; 14.96" x 9.60" x 1.11"
Intel 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN + Bluetooth® with WiDi
Slot-loading SuperMulti DVD burner
Radeon™ HD 7690M switchable graphics with 1024MB GDDR5 and up to 5093MB total graphics memory
I was using the laptop and all of a sudden a got a blue screen show up and then my computer rebooted.
When it started again it said can't find recovery partition and it will not move past this stage.
I looked the error and someone recommended hardrive diagnostics via the bios menu. I opened up the bios menu and did the self hard drive check and it came back as "Hard Disk 1 QUICK (303)"
According to google this means that my hard drive is shot!
Yay for a new laptop but I have loaded all my data from my past laptop onto this one and really really need it back.I have a medical licensing exam coming up and all my notes are on said computer. I do not have a backup unfortunately. I didn't expect this kind of issue so soon.
I have parted magic and can access my computer but can't seem to access files through it. I used a program call "testdisk" which is a tool within parted magic and it allows me to see the files on my hard drive but I don't know much about data recovery so I exited the program and left it alone.
Since my computer is very new I don't care about the hardware because I expect that hp will replace it. What I do care about are some files that are on the hard drive that I would like to recover.
I have never used linux but I know how to boot any linux distribution from my usb so I can do that if it will help. I also have a 1TB hard drive (larger than my laptop hard drive which is 750gb) available to use for whatever purpose.
Also of note I did not hear any noises coming from my hard drive before I got the blue screen.
I did not believe that I installed any new software etc either.
I did notice that my computer was freezing sometimes when I used flash programs with firefox but I had thought that was a problem with flash not my computer hardware. Now I guess I was wrong.
I also used a utility in parted magic call "disk health" and i generated some logs files from it but I'm not entirely sure what they mean. I have attached them to this post.
Thank you for reading and I really really appreciate your help.