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Packard Bell Hard disk deceased?

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Hi people,

A year ago I bought a Packard Bell Easy Note DT85 which is essentially a huge-ass laptop that I wanted to replace my desktop with now that I go to Uni. It worked fine up until recently when it started showing some defects.

It would overheat to the point of resetting when making strenuous use of the graphics card which could only be helped by tilting the backside by placing a book under it so the air could float around more freely.

Then this afternoon I turned it on, it made a strange sound: 3 rhytmical beeps followed by a second of silence and then continuing with the 3 beep, silence for 20 seconds while the screen would stay stuck half a bar of the graphical (memtest replacing) picture.
It would then follow with a black screen and a ticking underscore (like when you are typing and hit Insert in windows) but the sound would then dissapear.

I figured it could be something to do with the hard-drive because that was were the beeps were coming from. I continued to open the laptop case and removed the hard-drive. When I started the system there would be no beep, the graphic screen would progress normally and it would show some lines that there was no operating system to load (obviously). When I re-attached the HDD the beeps returned and the loading screen would be stuck at half a bar, followed by a black screen again.

Would it be safe to presume that my WD-320gb hdd is dead and just to order a new one? Or might there be a more serious problem or even a solution?

TLDR; Laptop wont boot, HDD problem?
post #2 of 5
Is the hard drive spinning up at all? If not then it's dead, RMA it.
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Thread Starter 
I am not sure since I can only see the back when it is connected, but I can't hear any distinct HDD sounds.
post #4 of 5
if it gets hung during POST (the initial logo screen) while the clicks are happening it could very well be the HD. Remove the HD and see if it completes POST normally. If it does, you've isolated your HD as the culprit.

edit: i re-read and see you've already done the above.

Download and burn any linux LiveCD. boot off from it and see if your internal drive is visible/mountable/readable. If mountable, suggest backing up your data at that point if it has not been already.

Repeated pattern of clicking from a HD is not normal. Once you confirm with a liveCD or a WD diagnostic tool
go and submit a RMA if possible or obtain a new drive.
 
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thanks I'll do that.
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