Corrupted Hard Disk Drive

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Have HP Pavilion a430n; 1GB RAM; 320GB HDD; Windows 7. Tried downloading and installing Linux/Ubuntu OS. This didn't happen. Now the HDD is not accessible except for an attempt to boot. It goes as far as a desktop without the icons then goes directly into re-install windows, with disc inserted, but will not install. It ask for drivers to be installed first. WD states there are no drivers for this type of HDD. Without the install disk, the message about no operating system found please insert disk shows. Is this HDD toast or can it be revived?

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Windows 7 full version Operating System; 320GB HDD

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You may want to try wiping the entire system and reinstalling Windows. Do you happen to have a recovery disk? Perhaps you could get one from HP? There may also be an option in your BIOS configuration to test your hard drive to see if it’s indeed failing. Best of luck!

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  • jinteik
    or maybe can you check if your pc has a partition for recovery and if it does try to activate that to resetup everything
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  • Canhandleit
    Corrupted Hard Disk DriveThank you for your prompt answer to my inquiry concerning a possible corrupted hard disk drive.I have wiped the drive. However a time restraint was upon me. But will re-install win7.  No I do not have a recovery disk. Will check with HP about getting one. I do have the original Windows 7 Operating System bought from a local store. Will use that right after I finish this note. I am not sure about entering the BIOS configuration to check for an option to test my hard drive. I cannot access anything!Again thank you for your answer. I will try your possible solution and let you know how it went.Canhandleit
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  • Canhandleit
    Tried to re-install Windows 7. Did not work. Performed manual shut down; re-started; loading files; starting windows; install window. Clicked Install now; setup starting; license terms; where do you want to install windows?(no OS or anything else listed. Warning: No drives found. Click load driver to procede...This HDD has no drivers according to Western Digital. Entered BIOS; changed Boot sequence; nothing.  There is no option to check the HDD in the BIOS. I think I may have answered my own questions. If no DVD is being accepted, then that DVD drive is bad. I will test it on another computer. However, how can a download affect the function of a DVD drive?
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  • TomLiotta
    First, for your original question, there's no reason yet to thing the HDD is 'toast'. To determine that, you'll need to try an install from some OS distro that has the proper drivers for it. It looks as if a standard Windows 7 install doesn't nor does the Ubuntu distro that you tried. If the OS came pre-installed, then HP put the drivers on the install media.   However, if you can verify that the correct HDD drivers are indeed included in the install media that you try, then you should replace the drive and use the replacement as the target of the install. Use the 320GB drive as a second drive to determine if you can obtain drivers and make the drive useful.   Tom
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  • harrylomb
    Hello,
    If you are still suffering with corrupted Hard disk and want a perfect solution ,then i can suggest you some information about a data recovery software by which you can solve you problem.It is Kernel for Windows Data Recovery software that repairs and recovers all lost or deleted data from hard disk even a formatted hard disk,You can try to use this software may it help you for your desire result.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    I don't know if it is under warranty or not ! it was not disclosed by u(hopefully No). If yes, then call their (HP) customer care (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=389932) and do what they will suggest u. If not, don't play, call an expert HW person and try to solve this issue.
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  • TomLiotta
    There hasn't been any determination if there is any actual problem with the drive yet. The drive might work fine if all configuration is set correctly. The warranty might not apply since the action was taken deliberately by the OP. -- Tom
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  • ToddN2000
    How were you installing the Linux/Ubuntu OS? Were you trying for a dual boot system? What steps did you take during the install? Have you tried using their "LIVE" disc which does not require an install to see if it will suit your needs before doing an actual install? Not sure if you got their "LIVE" disc you may be able to boot your system from that and then fix what may be wrong.
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  • Canhandleit
    ToddN2000:  Ubuntu was a 698MB download. The choices were mentioned but specificity was not. Walked away during the download; came back to a shutdown computer. Restarted computer. Msg was operating system not found?!!?  Did have the idea of a dual boot system. And no I do not have a live Ubuntu disk.  On this note; using command prompt, sfc /scannow; it says scan in progress. To complete restart computer. Well. I did and nothing happened, at least nothing positive.
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  • Canhandleit
    To All who responded to my inquiry of a corrupted hard drive:  I want to thank all those who tried to help me with this problem. However, and I am sorry that none of the suggestions worked. So I came up with my own answer...the drive is now gone...forever...and is somewhere by now in the deep annals of the land fill, never to ever give me another headache or cause disruption of my gastric inerds.
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  • Canhandleit
    Once again I would like to thank all those who have helped me with my crisis on Hard Disk Drive Not Found. All those who wrote in were in my language "heavy duty pros".  However, and I certainly am not twisting a stick into you, the answer to the problem had a very simple solution.  Not even the man who wrote the book on which I used to pass my A+ exam saw this solution.  The problem did not present itself to check this part of the problem.  The solution: the cable was bad.  My question is how did something so trivial stump all the heavies and myself who claim to be a CompTia A+ Computer Technician, miss this solution. Well, we did and maybe we should all adopt the phrase; Always Check The Most Simplest Things First even if it is a question of is the computer plugged in.   Thank you all again and I will place all of your solutions in my data base of how to fix.
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  • TomLiotta

    My question is how did something so trivial stump all the heavies...

    Mostly it's because it makes little sense based on the info in the question. A download/install has no usual relationship to a bad HDD cable or connection. Now, if other things had happened, e.g., HDD upgrade, etc., it would be more reasonable.

    Internal cable failures just aren't that common in a system with undisturbed hardware components, especially if the system had been working normally.

    And the isolation to the cable could have been done quickly if my first suggestion had been done. Possible cable/connection problems are why I pointed out that there was no evidence of a drive failure, and the HDD failure needed to be verified.

    Because cabling/connection isn't the only possible alternative problem, i.e., there are many possibilities, it's unlikely that a complete list of every check is going to be given here. Instead, a series of useful steps are given. As results are posted back here, the next logical steps would be given. Otherwise the response post would need to be essentially a book on all possible procedures.

    Tom

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