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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 1999
    Planet Iowa

    No Hard drive found

    My son purchased a cheap (HP Notebook 17-p120mw) laptop from his uncle. I worked fine until yesterday. Now it won't boot. The original message was:

    Hard Disk error
    Please run the Hard disk in System diagnostics
    Hard Disk 1 (3F1)
    F2 system diagnostics
    For more information, please visit

    I tried booting using the F2 key and got a menu where I could do a memory check or a hard drive check. The memory check went fine. The hard drive test gave me this message:

    No Hard Drive installed.

    I suspect this means that the hard drive has a failed and the laptop is worthless, but I figured one of you experts might point me in a different direction.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide. He does have some game files on the drive he would like to retrieve it at all possible.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Arkham Asylum, Cell 13
    You can try running hard drive diags from UBCD or the hard drive manufacturer, but it seems pretty obvious that the drive is bad. I'd look at getting an SSD rather than another HD at this point.

    You can try booting to a Linux live cd (UBCD has Parted Magic) to try and retrieve the game files. No guarantees, but it's worth a shot. Of course, you'd need a flash drive or external hard drive, so that you can copy over the files.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Sheboygan, WI
    That maybe because the hdd slipped in it bracket too.Screw came loose in the HP I dealt with. Surprised me.
    and post back. Let us know if it worked.
    [ Book mark this post to find it again]

    AntiX-16, MX-16 and Win 10

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