Joker wrote:Symptoms sound like a dying HDD.
Most (not all) laptops have a easily replaceable panel clearly marked to access the hard disk.
The hard disk will probably have standard SATA connectors that you can plug into a desktop computer.
Personally I just plug them straight into a computer running clonezilla along with a new (blank) drive. You will know pretty quick if the drive is terminal. Clonezilla has a "rescue" option that will skip unreadable sectors.
MunchY wrote:Do laptop drives cost more than normal ones?
MunchY wrote:And will reinstalling the new drive in the laptop be relatively simple?
Treloar wrote:Pays to backup your files on a regular basis.