what would have caused this? Any ideas? It was working absolutely fine two days previously. Simply shutdown as normal and then we are where we are.Replace the drive. I would backup all my important data (if you can access the drive) to a flash/thumb drive, then replace the HDD with a SSD and reinstall windows.
thank you so much, I’ll give it a tryHDD's which are mechanical...means they have moving parts can fail at anytime for any reason. We really don't know why they fail but just that they do. It's no different then a part on a vehicle that fails.....why they fail is not known but just that they do.
In the mean time, you can try this to see if you can access the drive. On a different computer, download a Linux Distro and set it up as a Live DVD or USB. That means you can boot off the media and not actually have to install the Linux Distro OS. I prefer to use a USB as it's faster. Then insert USB in your PC and set the boot order in the BIOS to USB, boot from it and see if you can access your HDD. If you can you can move your data to a safe location.
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