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Recovering Data from a Toshiba Laptop

TOSHIBA QOSMIO X505

I have a laptop, the Toshiba Qosmio X505, which keeps freezing. This seems to occur completely randomly, and regardless of what I am doing when it happens. I can sometimes use it all day with no difficulty, and other days it will turn off after 10 minutes repeatedly. I thought at first it might be an overheating problem, but this pattern does not support that theory. The problem specifically is that it does not just freeze, the whole thing locks itself down. It will not restart, there is no movement on the mouse, and there is no response from the Caps Lock key. I have to reboot the system by taking out the battery and letting it run out of power. Occasionally, before I get to the BIOS screen, there is a brief sign saying ‘no OS found’, but the system then continues into BIOS and into the OS. I suspect that there must be a fault with the hard drive which is causing it to stop spinning, hence the freezing.

TOSHIBA SATELLITE L745

I have a Toshiba Satellite L745 which has suddenly stopped working. What is happening is that the hard drive is not found by my BIOS system. I had a virus, I think, and allowed a scan to run in the background all day while I was trying to clean up the system. When I went back, the computer had shut itself down and not restarted. When I pressed the on button, the message came up saying that the hard drive had not been detected, and that I should press another key to restart. I took out the drive, and tried to put it onto another laptop that I have, but while it can be found there, which is an improvement, I am still only getting error messages, and it won’t respond to requests to open up.