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Hard Drive Issue?

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#1 pablo1915


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Posted 03 October 2006 - 11:36 AM

I have a Dell Latitude LS laptop, w/ 20gb HD, 256 ram, & windows 98. My hard drive started making this clunking noise when it was loading up. Then I got a blue screen that said "Unable to write to hard drive. press any key to continue". Pressing any key did nothing. Now when I turn it on, I get the blue "Dell" screen, then a black screen with some tech info on it, then another black screen that says, "operating system not found". That is as far as it will go !!! What happened ??? Have I lost all the info on this HD ????

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 03:24 PM

Most likely the hard drive is dead. But, don't mess with it until you're sure.

I'd suggest getting a USB drive enclosure for it and trying to access it from the USB port of another computer.

If it acts like it wants to start up, you may want to try the freezer trick. Put it in the freezer overnight, then quickly hook it up and see if you can get the data off it QUICKLY!

CAUTION!!! Make sure to put it in a plastic, ziplock bag. Put in some moisture dessicant packages also. Then, suck all the air out of the bag (I use a straw for this). Be careful when taking it out and hooking it up - any excess moisture can hose everything!!
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Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:38 PM

Thank you for the fast reply. I guess I'll get on the internet & shop for a new hard drive !!!

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:39 PM

If you want to keep the laptop order or find another hard drive and make sure you find whatever cd came with the computer - either the restore disk or the W98 disk to install the operating system on the new hard drive.

If you take it to a local shop they will probably install W98 for you as part of the deal if you buy the hard drive from them.

Try usasma's suggestion to put the hard drive (not the whole laptop) in the freezer, but once you hear scraping or clunking noises it probably means the stylus contacted the disk and it's probably gone, but it is worth a try.

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