To start, I left my laptop off for two days while away on vacation. I return home and attempt to load it and receive the windows error message: "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." I am left with 2 options: 1. to boot start windows boot manager 2. to load windows normally When I try option 1, at the bottom of screen there's a bar that says loading windows file and then the screen goes to a black screen with an arrow, never to load--even after a substantial amount of time (hours) When I try option 2, it goes to the windows logo screen for a couple of minutes and then returns to the error message screen. I have a Toshiba Satellite L655-S115 Windows 7 64 bit My 1 year warranty on the laptop just ended, less than a month ago and when contacting Toshiba they note this. Upon a 2 minute conversation I was told that the harddrive crashed and needs to be replaced as well as windows OS ($200). I just don't understand what could have happened because prior to leaving for vacation, windows was functioning no problem. My laptop is not making any weird sounds. I just want to be sure their solution is necessary or is there any other solutions I could try before dishing out $200+ for this $600 computer. Also know any strategies getting around out of date warranty when right outside, within weeks of the warranty period.