Hello all, dropped laptop today while it was running and surprisingly i was able to continue using it and finished tasks. Was the next boot up when I could not get past the Startup Repair. Been going now about 3 hours. Just curious how long I wait with a 750gb HDD? I have a new HDD to install, but of course would much rather not replace if not required.
Side note if I do swap out HDD, can I simply register existing OS with sticker on laptop?
The mbr or partition table or other data in the beginning of drive likely got damaged from the drop.
Does the drive make any clicking sounds?
If there is a Win 7 (or older) license key on your laptop you can install a generic copy of windows to your pc.
You will need to download drivers from the OEM, as your wifi, audio, and other hardware will not work with the generic windows drivers.