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Comp can't find hard disk

By zenfr334
Jan 20, 2014
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  1. Hi all, I'm hoping I can get a clear perspective on an issue with my computer. I have a HP laptop and it got bumped into a hard surface which I think has messed it up. When I turn it on it says that it cannot find the hard disk. BIOS does load and says it cannot detect hard disk when I look for it. As a side test, I have linux on a usb flash drive that I booted and it worked fine (linux works). Is the hard drive damaged and/or lost? How can I fix it and find out what happened?

    Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You will have to try and reload Windows. Doing this will tell you if the hard drive is bad or not
     
  3. zenfr334

    zenfr334 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Does this mean that the data is lost?
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    zenfr334 likes this.
  5. zenfr334

    zenfr334 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thank you so much, I'm going to try it out and see if it works. :) And about reinstalling windows...I think I'm going to eventually switch over to linux anyway (haha). I ordered the case...
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay sounds good. If you have more questions, we will be here:)
     

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