Today I was using my laptop on the train and it was working fine.

On the return journey, I tried to turn it on but it wouldn't load. It goes to the main start-up screen, where it says "Toshiba", and where is has the options at the bottom, but then it suddenly stops. The monitor is still on, but it just shows a blank screen.

I was thinking it had might something to do with the fact that it got X-rayed at an embassy....either that or as I walked out, I took it straight through the metal detectors without realising that it might damage my laptop.

It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro SP6100..quite old, but important none the less. If anyone has any idea what's happened please tell me.

Thanks

Re: dead toshiba satellite pro: X-rayed to death? 80 80

Your hard drive will NOT be damaged by the x-ray at the airport. It's pretty harmless, except when it comes to high speed film, but I wouldn't go sticking your hand in there. I used to be a screener and I never heard any reports of anybody's harddrive getting messed up going through the x-ray.

Everything that has to do with magnetics can damage it.
So don't go through the magnetic detector gate, and don't let them check you with their magnetic stick.

Re: dead toshiba satellite pro: X-rayed to death? 80 80

OK thanks for that.

It seems to be a problem with the hard drive- I've took the hard drive out and it works running on a Knoppix CD

The next step is recovering my important data. This couldn't have happened at a worse time, what with Christmas and everything and the fact that I'm about to leave the country.

The moral of the story is: BACK UP YOUR DATA!!
I'm sure everyone who's even a little bit computer-savvy knows that though.

Re: dead toshiba satellite pro: X-rayed to death? 80 80

Strangely it seems to work now...
I used an IDE adaptor and I managed to recover my important data..
But I thought I'd put the HD back in the laptop again, and it seems to work..

Only problem now is getting access to the files because I changed the security settings around

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