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My laptop wont boot past the windows error recovery page it just keeps cycling I have already tried running windows 7 repair disk, and it was not able to fix an issues, what would be my next step?

*I also get the error "internal hard disk drive not found" "no bootable devices" on startup *I have taken out the hardrive and am testing it in another computer, whats a good program to test if the hardrive is failing? *the computer is a dell inspiron 1750

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Does the BIOS on the computer you are testing it with have a hard drive test on it? If so, normally that is the best tool to use. It sounds like you have a faulty hard drive. If you hear a ticking when the computer is on, that is one key indicator that the hard drive is bad. Also, the computer saying that there is no bootable device is a key indicator that the hard drive is bad.

The ticking noise that indicates a bad hard drive is caused from the read/write head pecking on the magnetic disk (in the hard drive). At this point there is nothing you can do. The hardware is just simply bad. This happens a lot unfortunately. If the computer is still under warranty, you can have the manufacturer send you another one for free.

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ok thanks for the tip I am running a disk check on the hardrive right now, you are probably right. –  Anders Oct 17 '11 at 20:35
Thanks for the accept! Let me know with a comment is you have any questions or problems. I will probably be on for another 20 minutes. If the drive is bad, normally the test will fail nearly immediately (depending on which program you are using). –  David Oct 17 '11 at 20:38
good to know, it hasn't failed yet, but replacing the drive probably is still my only option. –  Anders Oct 17 '11 at 21:05

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