internal hard drive broken

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Found 13th Feb
Can someone help me pls.
turn on my laptop and found message “operating system not found”. friends check hard drive needs replacing. i tried to recover my files and i have atleast 500gb of data/files needs to be reccovered and it says 595 hours to recover the fileshas windows 8.1installed i want to replace my hard drive with SSD. i dony have any spare laptop to download windows installer. Advice is ver much appreciated..
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Buy your new SSD and also buy a USB HDD Caddy. Install your SSD in the laptop and put the old HDD in the USB Caddy.

You will need to get a friend to download windows USB installer for you and put on a USB stick to rebuild your laptop, then you will be able to recover your files from the USB caddy.

In future start backing your data up.
Get into the habit of making regular backups, and next time you suffer a broken harddrive, all you'll have to worry about is the expense of buying a new one and the time it takes to restore your data. If it's taking 600 hours to recover the data from your faulty hard drive, you can pretty much write that data off, because if isn't coming back.
Need some more basic info. Not clear how you are attempting to recover files if it doesn't boot & you have no spare laptop, & where are you going to save the recovered files to? Also indicate what functional devices you have access to (laptop, tablet, PC, phone, etc).
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AndyRoyd3 h, 59 m ago

Need some more basic info. Not clear how you are attempting to recover …Need some more basic info. Not clear how you are attempting to recover files if it doesn't boot & you have no spare laptop, & where are you going to save the recovered files to? Also indicate what functional devices you have access to (laptop, tablet, PC, phone, etc).


AndyRoyd3 h, 59 m ago

Need some more basic info. Not clear how you are attempting to recover …Need some more basic info. Not clear how you are attempting to recover files if it doesn't boot & you have no spare laptop, & where are you going to save the recovered files to? Also indicate what functional devices you have access to (laptop, tablet, PC, phone, etc).


tried to save to an external hdd, turned it off and press the vaio assist button, there it will give you options like recover and rescue, troubleshoot, maintenance options or how to you want to boot your computer. i did also try the latter option but still get the message operating system not found
tablets are the only access i have to the internet.
Do you know if the hard drive is spinning? Or does it make a noise when you turn it on? If it is any of these then it can be easily fixed, my laptop did they same and turned out it was the head arm that was stuck so I opened up the hard drive and moved teh arm back. There are loads of videos on youtube showing you how to fix it.
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d3fult_77 h, 11 m ago

Do you know if the hard drive is spinning? Or does it make a noise when …Do you know if the hard drive is spinning? Or does it make a noise when you turn it on? If it is any of these then it can be easily fixed, my laptop did they same and turned out it was the head arm that was stuck so I opened up the hard drive and moved teh arm back. There are loads of videos on youtube showing you how to fix it.


i’ve tried that, but no luck. hard drive is spinning ok,must be the files are corrupted
kdurian20149 h, 11 m ago

tried to save to an external hdd, turned it off and press the vaio assist …tried to save to an external hdd, turned it off and press the vaio assist button, there it will give you options like recover and rescue, troubleshoot, maintenance options or how to you want to boot your computer. i did also try the latter option but still get the message operating system not foundtablets are the only access i have to the internet.


You imply two requirements:
1) recovery of files from a laptop that doesn't boot its operating system and may have a failing hard drive. It is assumed that only data files are to be recovered, not any Windows or program/app files.
2) replacement of (busted) drive with an SSD.
The most simplistic self-sourced solution would be to remove the existing drive and place it in a portable USB caddy to be accessed by any device with functional USB data transfer capability, then buy an SSD and fit it to laptop and (re)install OS, presumably Windows.
Removing the existing drive and fitting it to a USB caddy is straightforward assuming you are competent when using a screwdriver.
Obtaining Windows8 (or 10) is also straightforward, although loading Windows to the laptop requires a methodical approach and some minor technical appreciation when only a tablet and a phone are available, but it can be acomplished via an Android app on an OTG enabled tablet / phone, an empty 4GB+ memory stick and access to the internet. Do you feel confident to attempt this yourself?
Have you check to make sure you haven't left a Usb stick in the device ?
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kester764 h, 43 m ago

Have you check to make sure you haven't left a Usb stick in the device ?


check it and no usb attach in any port..thank you
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AndyRoyd5 h, 24 m ago

You imply two requirements: 1) recovery of files from a laptop that …You imply two requirements: 1) recovery of files from a laptop that doesn't boot its operating system and may have a failing hard drive. It is assumed that only data files are to be recovered, not any Windows or program/app files.2) replacement of (busted) drive with an SSD.The most simplistic self-sourced solution would be to remove the existing drive and place it in a portable USB caddy to be accessed by any device with functional USB data transfer capability, then buy an SSD and fit it to laptop and (re)install OS, presumably Windows.Removing the existing drive and fitting it to a USB caddy is straightforward assuming you are competent when using a screwdriver.Obtaining Windows8 (or 10) is also straightforward, although loading Windows to the laptop requires a methodical approach and some minor technical appreciation when only a tablet and a phone are available, but it can be acomplished via an Android app on an OTG enabled tablet / phone, an empty 4GB+ memory stick and access to the internet. Do you feel confident to attempt this yourself?


sorry mate only had an iphone/ipad. Im thinking about SSD then buying a used HDD with windows 10 pre-installed then transfer this file to the new SSD, incase i wont be able to recover my files from my old HDD. its not cheap, can u pls recommend the cheapest way ?
kdurian20141 h, 50 m ago

sorry mate only had an iphone/ipad. Im thinking about SSD then buying a …sorry mate only had an iphone/ipad. Im thinking about SSD then buying a used HDD with windows 10 pre-installed then transfer this file to the new SSD, incase i wont be able to recover my files from my old HDD. its not cheap, can u pls recommend the cheapest way ?


Without a long and dull explanation, transferring a functional Windows installation from a donor disk to an SSD on a different machine is not a simple task without a bootable version of specialist imaging software capable of cloning the installation to different hardware. The free program Macrium Reflect will perform this function, but you need access to a functional machine to either create a bootable CD/DVD or bootable USB, and if you have access to a machine capable of creating a bootable CD/DVD or bootable USB you might as well save your money and just make a bootable Windows 8 or 10 installation disk/USB to load Windows to the SSD, especially considering your (assumed) previous win8 installation was activated and so will (should) reactivate OK via a new w8 installation on an SSD, or a w10 install does not require any activation to function indefinitely (your choice to activate w10 or not).
Cheapest method? Most simplistic summary where detail can be provided later: remove problematic drive from laptop. Fit new SSD to laptop. Find a buddy who has a windows machine where you can create a bootable w8 or w10 installation disk (DVD or USB as appropriate). Use that bootable disk to install windows to the SSD in your machine. Put your problematic drive into a USB caddy. Plug the caddy into your laptop and use your new windows installation to recover/copy whatever files you wish to retrieve from your problem disk.
Second cheapest method: exactly same as above, but rather than using a buffy's windows machine to create a bootable windows installation disk, find / borrow / buy an Android device supporting OTG and create a bootable Windows installation USB with it.
So same question as previous: do you feel confident to attempt this yourself, because next cheapest is: take to professional.
Can expand on any of the above if required.
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AndyRoyd6 h, 21 m ago

Without a long and dull explanation, transferring a functional Windows …Without a long and dull explanation, transferring a functional Windows installation from a donor disk to an SSD on a different machine is not a simple task without a bootable version of specialist imaging software capable of cloning the installation to different hardware. The free program Macrium Reflect will perform this function, but you need access to a functional machine to either create a bootable CD/DVD or bootable USB, and if you have access to a machine capable of creating a bootable CD/DVD or bootable USB you might as well save your money and just make a bootable Windows 8 or 10 installation disk/USB to load Windows to the SSD, especially considering your (assumed) previous win8 installation was activated and so will (should) reactivate OK via a new w8 installation on an SSD, or a w10 install does not require any activation to function indefinitely (your choice to activate w10 or not).Cheapest method? Most simplistic summary where detail can be provided later: remove problematic drive from laptop. Fit new SSD to laptop. Find a buddy who has a windows machine where you can create a bootable w8 or w10 installation disk (DVD or USB as appropriate). Use that bootable disk to install windows to the SSD in your machine. Put your problematic drive into a USB caddy. Plug the caddy into your laptop and use your new windows installation to recover/copy whatever files you wish to retrieve from your problem disk.Second cheapest method: exactly same as above, but rather than using a buffy's windows machine to create a bootable windows installation disk, find / borrow / buy an Android device supporting OTG and create a bootable Windows installation USB with it.So same question as previous: do you feel confident to attempt this yourself, because next cheapest is: take to professional.Can expand on any of the above if required.


understood..thank you very much
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