Laptop Win 7 - Missing OS Problem

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Found 6th Jan 2011
ok it would seem i need a little bit of help on this 1 as im getting more and more frustrated.

Vaio laptop "A" key has been sticking so i took it off and cleaned underneath it etc.......problem got worse so after losing it ang banging mi laptop several times it went off....turned it back on and now after the vaio splash screen i get the message missing OS

ive tried the disc but i only get the message that no os can be found so cant restore......nor will it let me reinstall at all

anybody help or is it buggered?

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sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)

try removing battery & power supply completely for a few minutes

after losing it ang banging mi laptop several times it went off



Are you related to John Cleese?

csiman

sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing … sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing battery & power supply completely for a few minutes

I would also say the HDD is faulty.Also OP I hope you don't have Children if this how angry you get when not in control ;-/

do you have any usb flash drives plugged in

Remove the hard drive and re-insert making sure its firmly seated, it could be as simple as that, otherwise violent movements and hard drives are a bad combination.

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csiman

sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing … sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing battery & power supply completely for a few minutes



tried the basics.......still stuck. wont re-install or nowt

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Predikuesi

Are you related to John Cleese?



yes by name?

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WheresMeNuts

I would also say the HDD is faulty.Also OP I hope you don't have Children … I would also say the HDD is faulty.Also OP I hope you don't have Children if this how angry you get when not in control ;-/



thanks for your useful advice(yes its sarcasm) i dont need anger management my spouse takes it for these random occasions........

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harlzter

Remove the hard drive and re-insert making sure its firmly seated, it … Remove the hard drive and re-insert making sure its firmly seated, it could be as simple as that, otherwise violent movements and hard drives are a bad combination.



nah tried it mate...think its buggered! yet the disc seems to do somat

tried reinerting the ram....went off then reinstalled it and it came back to where i started

think it may be buggered....even the laptop repair guy amde his excuse saying he only does data recovery uaually and it could be a few weeks til he can fit me in.....(fobbed off for sure...too difficult)

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davver99

do you have any usb flash drives plugged in



no mate ,,,nothing!!

i seen that advice when i did a google search ...cheers tho

any experts around? (not just the google ones.....thats easy)

have you tried another HDD ?

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is it as simple as taking two hard drives out and swapping them for another two?

ive got 2 toshiba 200gb inside the vaio atm...... but have a new wd 500gb and a samsung 640gb knocking about..

Best solution? Sell it to me to tinker with.

Or just send it to me free! (i'll pay postage) LOL

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postage from here would be expensive......

also its got blu ray burner and T8100 so its worth fixing rather than replacing

damn gonna have to take to repair man then

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so you didnt even try my advice as you thought it was sarcasm! oO

csiman

so you didnt even try my advice as you thought it was sarcasm! oO



He didn't dude. He tried yours, and was then responding to some random who quoted you.

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csiman

so you didnt even try my advice as you thought it was sarcasm! oO



i replied to your post directly. relax man!!

gonna have a go at taking the 2 hard drives out and sticking them in an enclosure see if i can get some data off them.......thats the best i can come up with with my limited skills

casparwhite

i replied to your post directly. relax man!!gonna have a go at taking the … i replied to your post directly. relax man!!gonna have a go at taking the 2 hard drives out and sticking them in an enclosure see if i can get some data off them.......thats the best i can come up with with my limited skills



Good luck with that one then,I just reakised you said its got two drives in it, have you tried swapping them around and re-installing the OS from disc?

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Stick a windows 7 dvd in and use the repair windows option in there. Has never failed me.

lumoruk

Stick a windows 7 dvd in and use the repair windows option in there. Has … Stick a windows 7 dvd in and use the repair windows option in there. Has never failed me.


Even with a dead hard drive? Didn't realise Win 7 was that good!

mumbojumbo

Try cloning the drive onto a new one. Chances are the data is still … Try cloning the drive onto a new one. Chances are the data is still intact.



Have you read the thread it looks like by hitting the laptop it has killed the drive so it wont be intact, not in anyway that is recoverable without expert knowledge.

see if it will mount when booting from a linux disk

or get some kind of boot cd (e.g. ultimate boot cd) and run one of the hdd diagnostic tools to see if it'll read it at all. If it's not even reading it, looks like it'll just be a case of replacing it

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harlzter

Even with a dead hard drive? Didn't realise Win 7 was that good!



Just wow. Have you ever had a corrupted hard drive?

lumoruk

Just wow. Have you ever had a corrupted hard drive?



Corrupt is one thing, I dont think thumping a hard drive causes the bits and bytes stored within to spill all over the place, its hardly a box of tic tacs, corrupt and fuschia'd are two entirely different things.

To quote OP :
"after losing it ang banging mi laptop several times it went off"

"ive tried the disc but i only get the message that no os can be found so cant restore......nor will it let me reinstall at all "

trust me, its not the hd the mobo has been damaged

static to be precise

dcx_badass

Lol, you talk rubbish, the banging it will not have caused static damage … Lol, you talk rubbish, the banging it will not have caused static damage to the mobo, or even damage to the mobo, especially as it still boots. It's absurd that you claim the mobo is damaged (no evidence of this), but to say it was static is absolute BS, you couldn't claim it was static if you had it sat in front of you, nevermind over the internet.




...Yeah, basically.

dcx_badass

Lol, you talk rubbish, the banging it will not have caused static damage … Lol, you talk rubbish, the banging it will not have caused static damage to the mobo, or even damage to the mobo, especially as it still boots. It's absurd that you claim the mobo is damaged (no evidence of this), but to say it was static is absolute BS, you couldn't claim it was static if you had it sat in front of you, nevermind over the internet.







Don't be a douch.....



Static caused by the banging- mobo not reading the hd

Simple, primary school stuff.


You can drop a hd from a building it will more than likely still work.

Fancy a £100 bet its a mobo fault? obviously op needs provide proof of repair quote


Catch ya later sucker

HEH HEH
Edited by: "sedd33" 8th Jan 2011

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updte

typing this off busted lppy......inserted nother hrd drive nd mnged to instll windows 7 again

but im now stuck without drivers which im gonn mnully hve to serch nd downlod.

nyone know best wy to try nd ttempt to get data off these hrd drives if t all possible before i try my trial error technique

sorry to disspoint the people who thought the motherboard had gone

csiman

sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing … sounds like HDD failure (If you get NTLDR no OS error)try removing battery & power supply completely for a few minutes

dcx_badass

Banging it possibly killed the hard drive, especially if it was turned on … Banging it possibly killed the hard drive, especially if it was turned on at the time.

WheresMeNuts

have you tried another HDD ?





The Hint was in the replies :-)

OP I don't see what the problem can be now if all you have to do is install the drivers.If you can't find the Drivers then post the Make/Model of laptop & I'm sure someone will give you the address for the Drivers.

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dcx_badass

Oh, whats that, I was right? Mental.Anyway moving on, do you have access … Oh, whats that, I was right? Mental.Anyway moving on, do you have access to another PC with sata? Or you could buy a £3 enclosure from ebay and connect them via usb and see how it goes.



got enclosure ......whts best softwre to try? used the seagte tools but wouldnt let me scan with nything other thn the generic test which comes bck clean

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ive got vgn-ar61s vaio

cant downlod sony drivers as i dont hve vaio updte anymore......... i need few to get the function keys nd bits n bobs working

hd vista preinstlled but only got win 7 upgrde disc......my model isnt fully supported for win7

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sys not accesible but ppears to be spinning in the enclosure

volume does not contain recognised file system.

mke sure all file system drivers are loaded nd volume not corrupted


is the messge before it sks if i wnna formt

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seems to want to formt again.....

click on the drive nd get the messge "unble to determine file system type"

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recover my files seems to be collecting somat tho

there is a glimmer of hope!

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ok seems to have found a lot of files but i used an unregistered version so cant do nothing with them

also my 2 drives are showing as 1 ....raid 0? 387gb total even though there are 2 x 200gb hard drives and only 1 200gb connected

should i attempt to clone both the drives?
whats all this raid business?
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