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Hard Drive dead or virus?


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#1 mikeinstlouis

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:27 AM

Thanks for reading...

 

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.

 

Thanks all.

 

Mike

 

 



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

Was this warning generated by the SMART?


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:01 PM

Yes, I believe it was.



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Posted 08 March 2013 - 12:27 PM

In that case I would be inclined to believe it has died.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

Hi

 

That's not the first time that I've heard of this happening with a Pavillion D6 (edit, I was thinking of the G6 but I'm sure it is similar). It may only be a coincidence though. If I remember correctly, the other ones that I have seen this happen to had Toshiba hard drives. At least one of them died because of an overheating issue.

 

Because of the nature of the data on it, you should check with a professional data recovery service and make certain that they put in writing that they will not keep any of the data after recovering it for you. It may be kind of expensive though. Probably as much as the laptop cost or maybe a little more.

 

Keep it someplace safe while you decide what you are going to do and if you decide to throw it out, I would recommend smashing it with a hammer or slamming it on the ground real hard a few times before throwing it out. The idea being to destroy the platters before disposing of it so the data can't be recovered.

 

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Edited by James Litten, 08 March 2013 - 06:40 PM.


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:49 PM

Just an update...

I tried to put in an windows installation disk into my laptop just to see what would happen.

It recognized that there was a hard drive and said that there was a bout 300 gb of data space (for a 320 GB HD) but it gave me an error stating that windows cannot be installed to this disk.  This computer's hardware may not support botting to this disk  Enshare that the disk controller is enabled in the computer's bios menu.  What does this mean?



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:50 PM

It's an HP Pavillion Entertainment PC laptop, dv6-2057 cl.  Does that help?






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