"Can't find operating system"

By jasminemayluther ·
I have a 4 year old laptop that I just spilt a bit of water on today. Not a lot, but apparently enough. I shut it down, dried it, let it dry, and started it up again. At first all was well. Then as it was booting, it gave me a message that it couldn't find the operating system. There were some key strokes to configure. I tried them but I'm getting the feeling that the computer can't sense the keystrokes I'm using. Does this mean the computer is done for or is there something I can do. I don't want to put a bunch of money into getting it repaired since it's 4 years. Also, if it is done, is there a way to get the info off the hard drive that I can do without sending it in? If not, what can I do to make sure others can't access it my passwords... when I discard it. Thanks!

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Water spillage problem.

by Hanzo21 In reply to "Can't find operating sys ...

It is not enough to dry the laptop. It's a electronic device that requires to be disassemble and diagnose what is the extent of the damage. As what you have said, that you can turn on laptop but it just prompting you "operating system not found". You can try using the recovery cd of the laptop or if you don't have the recovery cd of the laptop, you can buy a retail copy of windows that was previously installed on the laptop and I think you can download the drives of the laptop at the manufacturer's support website.

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As to recovering the data

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to "Can't find operating sys ...

All you need do is remove the HDD and fit it to a USB Caddy and then read the data off the drive.

If you have made the files private you'll need to Take Ownership of them and if the system has been Encrypted you'll need to save the encryption keys of everything will be useless.

If all you want to do is remove the possibility of someone else getting data or passwords off this computer all you need do is destroy the Platters of the HDD and they need to be totally destroyed as any of them remaining will contain data that is recoverable.

I find the best way to destroy Platters of HDD's is to burn off the magnetic material on them with a low heat Blow Torch.


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Let it dry some more.

by mjd420nova In reply to As to recovering the data

The keyboard may have gotten some water too, even indirectly.. Let it dry more if water is all it was. A drop of water in the right place will cause strange faults. Can you hear the drive spinning up? If you haven't done it, that you can remember, replace the CMOS battery. I've had all kinds of nutty things just come out of no where and they are accompanied with a CMOS failure. Good luck

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