11-25-2011 01:45 PM
Pavilion a1410n failed to start Windows. Hard drive failed self test and came up with code hd 521-2w. Can I attempt a recovery? I have four discs. One labled recovery tools ( I created it) and three labled system recovery. Can I just do a recovery from the partition? Or, Is a new hard drive needed? If so, is there any way to retrieve the data of the failed drive, maybe hook it up as a slave on another pc?
11-25-2011 01:51 PM
It owuld look like the Hard Drive is failing and will need o be replaced.
One possible way to try and retrieve your files from a non-booting drive is to follow the process detailed in the link below. The Ubuntu operating system CD you create can run from the CD alone ( ie it doesn't have to install on the Hard Drive ) and I've often found it to be successful in retrieving data even from a failing Hard Drive. When you've created the CD, follow the instructions and see if you can back up your existing files.
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