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Possible hard drive crash?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Pitchblack1110, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. Pitchblack1110 New Member

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    Hi i have a sony vaio laptop and today when i tried to boot it up it stopped for a really long time on the boot up logo then the screen went black and the words "operating system not found" showed up in the top left hand corner.

    Can anyone tell me what might be the problem?
     
  2. Snipe343

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    Is the drive reconized in the bios?
     
  3. Pitchblack1110 New Member

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    No. It showed there was none.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It sounds like the master boot record got messed up. You can repair it with your Windows CD.
     
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    Well then probably unless a wire came undone, did you drop it before this happened or something that would cause it to come lose

    or what he said XD
     
  6. Pitchblack1110 New Member

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    Ok.

    Erocker; when you talk about repairing it with the windows cd what would i do? I have tried repairing a computer with the cd but it kinda confused me.
     
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    Insert CD and boot from it (change the bios to boot from CD)
    Allow the CD to begin the Setup process
    Press "R" to enter the Recovery Console
    When you reach the command prompt type: fixmbr Press Enter
    It will rewrite your MBR.
    Restart and change the bios setting back to boot from your HDD.
     
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    Thanks for the help. Ill go try that.


    Update: When i booted from the cd and hit r it told me no hard drive was connected, so i know the hard drive must have jiggled loose.
     
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    If the Hard Drive completely crashed or if the interface between the drive and the IDE/SATA channel went bad on either end that would cause it to not be seen (more likely on the drive's end)
     

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