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Laptop wont boot because of dead hard drive

My laptop wont start because the hard drive is broke! I put my computer into a shop and thats what the guy told me. I only get to the screen where it says' press f2' etc, but it doesnt even allow me to go into the f2 menu, it just keeps on restarting itself. If i was to buy a replacement hardrive, would it work again, or would the replacement hardrive have to have windows preinstalled on it? Thanks for your help. Its an acer 5742, model pew71. Thanks

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Hi Paul,

To find out if Harddrive is the issue I would:

- remove the Harddrive from the Laptop.

- Boot the Laptop and see if you can get into BIOS.

- Try to boot from a bootable CD (widows 7 , Linux or other bootable disc)

If it works and starts up, you can buy a new Harddrive and install it.

If not you need to find root cause why it will not enter BIOS or start up.

Best of luck,

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