Help - HDD Failure

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tpho2500
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Well I was downloading stuff overnight and when I woke up everything seemed fine until I popped up Firefox (I know it is not FF's fault) and all of a sudden i hear grinding noises coming from the hard drive of my laptop.

I have an HP Pavilion dv6838nr, purchased almost two years ago.

Anyways, I took out the battery, unplugged all peripherals, and let it sit for 10 minutes. I booted it up and it sent me to HP Recovery, I restarted and pressed ESC for start menu and my Windows 7 installation was not listed. At the moment I cannot access my files.

What should I do?
Are laptop hard drive failures common? (W/in 2yrs?)

I am well educated in building desktop computers so if a hard drive replacement is needed, how different is replacing an HDD in laptops from desktops?

dustyschaffner
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i can answer two of your questions.
failure within 2 years? kindof cheap if you ask me, my inspiron E1505 is 6 years old this year and my harddrive still works

no replacing a harddrive in a laptop is not much different at all.
find it, take out the screw, slide the drive out, change any necessary adapters or plastic covers and slide the new drive in

Tiv
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Does not matter if they are laptop or Desktop, they all have a chance to fail. I find that Laptops drives tend to fail more than desktops, but that could be for reasons of heat and jarring movements. You can try plugging the laptop drive into another computer just to be sure it's not fully dead. Other than that it would cost too much to get the data off of a dead drive unless you have deep pockets or access to a government crime lab..lol

Anyway, buy a SSD drive that will fit into your laptop and enjoy the blazing speeds as it rises again from the ashes. :)

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Do you know if it was a SATA, SATA II or an IDE Hard Drive? 2.5 inch? Is it still under warranty?

penryn 2 hertz
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100% agreed with your comment ssd drive is the way to go im useing two sata laptop hard drives in my pc in raid 0 mounted on a dual 2.5inch to 3.5inch akasa adaptor ment for 2 ssd's hopeing to get a 128gb ssd soon

Vortex88
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How much more do SSD's cost than a regular laptop hard drive though? Not to mention that the cheaper SSD's really don't have much of a capacity.

dustyschaffner
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depending on who you get it from it can be equal priced to 4 times the price, newegg has a good range but they are mostly around $275-400 for the larger ones (around 100GB)

but i think its worth it, they are tougher, faster, and will probably add a whole hour onto your battery life