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Having trouble with Lenovo G570; probably hard-drive related.

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My brother is having some probably-catastrophic trouble with his Lenovo G570 laptop. It happened pretty quickly, Windows wouldn't finish shutting down, and we had to move so the laptop was put in a backpack to finish shutting down. When we took it out of the bag, it still hadn't fully shut down (though it had left Windows) and was displating some kind of repeating message about a problem with ethernet something-or-other. We restarted the computer and it wouldn't go past the bios. Eventually it entered the setup (in the bios, not in Windows) and we saw that it wasn't recognizing the hard-drive's existence. We opened the computer up, hoping that the hard drive had just come loose, but of course it wasn't. We noticed that when we tried to start the computer the HD would make a noise not unlike that of an internal-combustion engine that doesn't want to start. We also noticed that everything was pretty hot, including the HD. I think that maybe when the computer was put into the backpack it stayed on and overheated. Does this damage hard-drives?

Anyway, the only path I see from here is to see if I can get another hard-drive, but of course I don't want to do that if it's avoidable. I'm looking for other ideas; any help is appreciated.

Thanks, Aidan
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Ah, the death clicking.
Clickity click, clitty click......
If that's what it is, there is no fix.
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
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Logiteck G400s none 
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Bumpity.
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Have you tried the one button restore yet? Just turn on the machine and, when the first screen shows up, press the little button alongside the power button and follow the prompts to reinstall the operating system. This will restore the machine to the factory state, wiping any data already on it. If you need to recover that data, remove the HDD before restoring it and connect it to another computer with a USB to SATA cable or (better), a USB dock. Docks can be had for as little as $25 and are handy things to have around. After the data has been recovered, reinstall it and use the one button recovery.
   
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i7-3930k ASUS P9X79 WS MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB... Monoprice 1x2 powered HDMI Splitter 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston HyperX 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR... Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RP... Western Digital WD Black WD2001FASS-0 2TB 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD 
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