Toshiba laptop failing hard drive, repair options

By asuiter139 ·
I have recently received a Toshiba laptop from a relative, unsure at this time exactly which model. I have been getting the PXE ROM media test failure and CMOS no longer sees the HDD. I got the system to boot up once for a couple of hours after the initial failures, but now its right back to the same issue. I am on a limited budget, so if any fix is going to cost close to the price of a new laptop I'd rather just buy a new one as this laptop is several years old already.

I have been considering ways to get the laptop back into service and I see 2 alternatives as of now.

1. I can buy a new hard drive and a Pata/Sata to USB adaptor and install the new drive and clone the old one, if possible.

2. I can buy a new hard drive and use my copy of Windows XP to try a clean install. My concern with this method would be that there could be some Toshiba specific drivers and applications that I might have a hard time of replacing if the old drive fails completely.

So my question basically is which of the two options should I go with? Or is there another option that would be better that I haven't considered yet?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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Get the drivers from Toshiba.

by seanferd In reply to Toshiba laptop failing ha ...

Toshiba will have them.

However, if there is a recovery partition on the drive, or any original disks that came with the system, use those.

You can likely clone the any recovery partition with the new drive software. If it doesn't come with a disk, download it from the manufacturer. There are also 3rd-party free tools available to do this.

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Well some basic Diagnostics are in order first

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Toshiba laptop failing ha ...

I would start off by getting a Copy of the Ultimate Boot CD available to download free here


Then burn a copy of this Disc alter the BIOS in the Toshiba to Boot off the Optical Drive, save the changes as you exit the BIOS and test the HDD with it's makers Testing Utility.

If the drive fails the test remove it from this computer fit to a suitable computer as a Slave Drive and retest. If it still fails the Test the HDD is faulty and on it's way to Silicon Heaven, but if it passes the second test the M'Board or any Adapter from the M'Board to the HDD in this NB is faulty.

You will then know what is needed if the Drive fails or passes it's makers Test Utility.


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