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User Info: kickthegnome

2 years ago#1
So i'm repairing laptop and was getting a 0f30 error that the hard drive wasn't found. When i would run the system diagonistic tests all the tests would fail at the hard drive. However, command prompt from recovery let me access the harddrive but not do anything like /fixboot or fix the mbr it would say "hard drive is locked"

I decided to format the hard drive. However, when I try to reinstall windows it gets stuck at "setup is starting"

I'm at my wits end with this computer. Is the hard drive dead or is there anything else I should try before calling it.

User Info: Ch3wy

2 years ago#2
The hard drive is probably dead.
How the hell can a octopus live outside of water anyways? This is so stupid. -Fade2black001

User Info: wildog2006

2 years ago#3
When all the tests point to a failing HDD, it can't possibly be a failing HDD...
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User Info: kickthegnome

2 years ago#4
I'm just not sure if I'm missing something

User Info: r7gerrabbit

2 years ago#5
First open the laptop and ensure the cables are snapped in 100%

Otherwise it sounds like a failed drive or faulty installation media.
If the Bios is detecting the drive then burn a new Iso. I find that USB installs work better than disk.

If it still fails with new media then it's definitely the drive.

User Info: kickthegnome

2 years ago#6
It got stuck on both a windows 8 disk (that I know works) and a windows 7 disk I just burned.

I'll try USB though. The cables are plugged and secure I've double checked that multiple times. I just wasn't sure if I missed anything.

This laptop just got a motherboard repair btw due to a bad gpu.
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