I've had 3 years of problem free use of my Dell Latitude 505 laptop. That is until the last few days when all hell has broken loose.
The first in a catalogue of errors was a blue screen message saying "unmountable_boot_volume" together with instructions to start in windows in safe mode. I tried this several times but each time was returned to the same blue screen.
I then searched online for a solution and was instructed by this and some other websites to boot from the windows XP disk and go to recovery mode and run a chkdsk. I tried this but could not get to recovery mode as when I hit r at the appropriate moment I was given a screen which said no hard drive was detected and hit F3 to exit.
I then ran diagnostic and was given a message "ERROR 1000-0141 No drive detected". This was around the time a clicking noise started to come from somewhere inside the laptop. I presume this is the hard drive struggling to rise itself from dead.
Now when I turn on the computer, when I go to boot I just get the message "primary hard disk drive 0 not found".
I've practically given up by this stage but any suggestions would be much appreciated.
If indeed the laptop is shot, can anyone tell me how I mite recover the data from the hard drive.
Thanks in advance.