Hi all, I'm rather a newbie at laptops, got some knowledge about desktops though.
My problem: I have an Acer Aspire 5315 laptop, came originally with Vista, though I formatted it and installed it with Win Xp using a slipstreamed XP CD.
Laptop is about 18 months old, but has seen heavy usage, approx. 18 hours/day!
Yesterday my wife was on the laptop when it froze on her and nothing would respond, so she switched it off! Left it for a few minutes and when she switched it on, it says system disk not found -- insert bootable disk. Did the obvious, no cd in cd rom, etc.
Checked Bios and it says HDD not installed.
HDD had been subjected to temperatures of about 80 degrees C a week or so ago, problems with fan.
I've heard and read stories of the "Click of Death" etc which indicates HDD is gone. How loud are these clicks? If I put my ear against the casing of the laptop, I hear the hdd (I think it is the hdd) doing a "rattling" sound and a few clicks when starting up, don't know if that is an indication or not.
I put my win xp install cd, cannot detect a HDD. I did not have right size screwdrivers last night, have got them today at work. Can anyone give suggestions on how to fix this?
Does it sound as if HDD is gone? If I open laptop up, what should I be looking for?
Got some data that I need to recover, last backup made was 2 months ago