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how to recover contents from a crashed hard drive?

while I was working, suddenly the screen went blue and the the computer restarted and then the screen came up with the message " FAIL TO READ DISK". when I went into the bios utility, the hard disk was not shown. while I was working, suddenly the screen went blue and the the computer restarted and then the screen came up with the message " FAIL TO READ DISK". when I went into the bios utility, the hard disk was not shown. this is an IBM laptop

Asked By: samuraijackabhi - 8/30/2007
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The first step is to determine if it really is hard drive failure you are experiencing. Did you install any new hardware since your last successful boot-up? If so, unplug those devices and try to re-boot... More
Answered By: TWD - 9/7/2007
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First, unplug and replug your hard drive back in (reseat the plugs) see if that works... More
Answered By: just plain jim - 8/30/2007
 
Be sure to touch teh outside of the chassis first to discharge any static electricity you might have in your body, then proceed. A tiny spark from static electricty can cause havoc to your computer... More
Answered By: Charlie O - 8/30/2007
 
One thing to try my friend before opening the case at all is to see if the hard drive is set to automatic in the bios. You did not mention whether you had tried to use the bios find hard drive function.
Answered By: Mawcash - 9/3/2007
 
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