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Last week I was trying to watch a basketball game on my HP Pavillion D6 lapton on frontrowsports.eu and no issues. After that, my computer started running very slowly so I tried to reboot.
It said that there were no files to boot from and then said there was no hard drive. I was able to boot to windows afterwards and it ran very slowly. Somehow I was able to get to safemode and it ran just fine and ran my Norton AV and if found a lot of issues that it said were either fixed or quarantined. I let it run all night and in the morning Norton had somehow been turned off. I also ran malwarebytes and no issues.
I tried to restart my computer to get my files off onto an external hard drive and it said my hard drive was in imminent danger of failing. I said to continue and then I got an error that says no hard drive found. Even in the bios, no hard drive found to even run checks on.
My IT friend gave me an external SATA adaptor. I took out my hard drive from my laptop popped it in the adapter and plugged it into another computer. I could hear my little hard drive start up and spin, heard some soft clicks (no grinding or anything) but the working laptop did not recognize my hard drive. My hard drive spins normally, doesn't make any weird noises, but it is still not recognizable.
My question is whether or not this is dead hard drive or am I missing something. It is about 3 years old so I guess that is possible. Are there other tricks that I am missing?
I am a doctor and I have patient sensitive information on it so I don't want to send it out, nor do I want to pay big bucks to get it back.
Just wondering if there are any last ditch efforts before I pronounce it dead.