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HP Pavillion P6115y Will not boot?

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OH Smeg

Is only one sign that the HDD is faulty and gone to Silicon Heaven and not something to be relied upon as a Definitive sign of a dead HDD.

Most of the time the Drive just dies and shorts out the Chanel that it is connected to preventing thee system from accessing anything at all.

You description above tends to point to a dead HDD which is either drawing too much power or has a Dead Short. The way to test this is to remove the HDD and with a Boot Disc in the Optical Drive see if you can freely access the Boot Disc.

Of course a dead giveaway is the fact that no HDD is showing in the BIOS, but often you are unable to access the BIOS or anything more than the POST Screen when you have a dead HDD.