Is my laptop hard drive dead?

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  1. Lbsammills51

    Lbsammills51 Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    Ok, I have a Toshia Satellite P755-S5381 (just purchased in December as a Christmas gift). I tried to boot up yesterday and it would not; all I get is a black screen with the following error message:

    PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

    PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.

    Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key


    Pressing a key does nothing but bring that error message up.

    When I try booting up and holding F2 to check BIOS, it shows the HDD/SSD as "Not Present."

    (And yes, the hard drive has not been removed.)

    I checked the boot order and HDD/SSD is still first.

    I never have, nor do I now, detected a burning smell or excessive heat or anything of that sort since the error message came up nor when I attempt to boot it up now. Since this error message came up, my laptop also makes a constant clicking noise as its running.

    I have googled stuff to see if there's an in-house solution, but what I'm finding isn't a good sign. I figured I should check and see if someone who knows more than I can think of something I'm not aware of before I have to take it in to a repair specialist and see if it can be salvaged?
     
  2. lars573

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    Unless a power/data cable is loose or dead, yes that's a dead HDD. And when they die usually nothing can be salvaged.
     
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    Thanks, that's what I was fearing. I'm hoping it's just a cable thing then.
     
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    Notebooks do not have a cable. They have a connector. You can try taking it out and putting it back in and see if the BIOS sees it then.
     

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