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A while ago my mom dropped her netbook and it would no longer get pass the bliking prompt after the BIOS splash screen. I'd get a BSOD whenever I tried installing another OS onto it as well. Obviously something is wrong with the HD. Now, the BIOS still regognizes the HDD so I think not all is lost. Is there something I can put on my USB stick that'll repair the HDD?
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If the drive is physically damaged, unfortunately no USB tool will be able to fix it.

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I would suggest to buy a cheap 2.5 HDD enclosure and see if you recover anything

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2781&name=2.5
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Alternatively there are companies that can recover data some of the time, however they charge a serious premium for some of the services (like over $500 depending on the state of the HDD). If the HDD is completely ruined I'd suggest an SSD, much faster and no moving parts so feel free to drop-kick it down the stairs.
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Step 1: Bootable Linux Distro on a thumb drive
Step 2: Save all the files you can to an external drive
Step 3: Replace internal HDD

The drive is shot.
Its not worth the time to even consider fixing(which isnt really possible anyway)
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Have you double checked to make sure that the HDD is plugged in all the way? I've had a laptop suffer a drop, but fortunately the drive wasn't damaged, it just slid slightly off the SATA data connector
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

Have you double checked to make sure that the HDD is plugged in all the way? I've had a laptop suffer a drop, but fortunately the drive wasn't damaged, it just slid slightly off the SATA data connector

this or it's dead. get a new one and cut your losses.....unless you have ESSENTIAL data on there (family pics only in one place) it is not worth the cost of proper clean room recovery.
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