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Critical Hard Disk Failure in laptop

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It's an older laptop from 2007 with Vista installed, but it's served me well for the past 11 years. I just tried to boot it up today and was hit with the Windows is Loading Files nonsense. After restarting and doing a quick memory and hard drive test, I get a critical hard disk failure error. On the occasion that it won't get stuck at the Loading Files screen, it will say "Loading Windows" and go through the little loading icon but then the screen goes black and nothing happens.

Is there something that can be done to salvage the laptop? It was a really nice HP laptop when I got it and it still works just fine - albeit pretty slow on occasion - but I'd hate to just get rid of it from a single hard drive failure.

 


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