Yesterday my family's laptop's hdd gave out and stop working. When the computer is turned on it says Checking Media [fail]. After I go into the BIOS settings is says Fixed HDD <Not Detected>. I then opened the laptop and removed the hdd. I removed the pcb from the hdd and looked at it. There were no burn marks or anything suspicious. I need help identifying the problem and finding a solution.

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    Its dead. There's almost nothing you can do if a hard drive isn't detected. You can't run checks, you can't recover. Basically you're out of luck. If it wasn't under warranty, you might have voided it, but sudden HDD death should be covered. Else, time to get a new hard drive. – Journeyman Geek May 17 '16 at 11:36
  • I agree with JourneymanGeek, but you could try to slave it in a computer to see if anything can be retrieved ... Solution is to buy a new one – Dave May 17 '16 at 11:38
  • Ugh, ok... That's a bit frustrating that I can't get the data off of it – jakebacker44 May 17 '16 at 11:38
  • While searching for solutions, I found that one of the recommended solutions was to replace the pcb – jakebacker44 May 17 '16 at 11:39
  • That might work, if the computer can't recognize it then it is most likely the board – TheStarvingGeek May 17 '16 at 11:45

There is also another small possibility. Maybe the sata controller fails for a reason. You can try to attach your HDD to another computer or to an external usb-to-sata converter.

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