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Friend gave me her laptop to look at, and when I turned it on it posted and then I just got a blinking cursor. So I took out the HDD and hooked it up to my sata/IDE to USB wire and It didn't pop up in the explorer so I checked with disk management and got this

when I click ok it says disk is not ready. It does spin up but I just want to make sure I'm right in telling her it's dead. Also on my sata/IDE to USB wire it has a LED that lights up when connected and it only stays lit for 30 seconds or so when I hook this drive up instead of staying on the whole time like normal.
 
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I would try something other than windows before giving up all hope.

Knoppix comes to mind.
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Yep, dead drive.
post #4 of 5
There are programs that will try to read the drive backwards to try and salvage data and attempt to fill-in bad sectors, but afaik all of it is expensive (media tools pro)
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thanks for all the responses, I just wanted to make sure. She isn't worried about anything on it, I already did a backup of her laptop a month ago when I scrubbed it of viruses. It just annoyed me because when I told her she needed a new HDD she called her other friend who's husband I guess owns a PC repair shop and it just annoyed me that if she is going to question my results then maybe she should take it to her friends PC shop. /rant
 
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