first time here, so I'll crack right on. I'm not really a huge hardware guy, but a friend has passed me on a laptop that wont boot up. There are two answers to this problem I guess, ideally the end result would be a working laptop, but otherwise just pulling the data off the HDD would work too.
Initially I didn't think the problem could be related to the HDD at all, as the laptop switches itself off halfway through POST, but after playing around, removing the HDD and booting with just ram lets me access the bios fine.
Chucking the HDD into my desktop, showed the harddrive up as "MODELNAME/error" or something along those lines, and without knowing anything about hard drives at all, I'm guessing that even the header/name (clueless about correct terminology) is corrupted. If this is the case, then I think POST is trying to read the HDD, then immediately hitting an error and restarting.
So, if you're still with me, any war hardened HDD vets out there, have you experienced this before/do you know any good tools for repairing/recovering from a pretty damn screwed HDD.
(I hear whispers around the internet of a fabled freezer trick, I guess I will try this if all else fails)