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Windows 8 (UEFI) Blank Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Rsumner93, Jan 26, 2015.

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  1. Rsumner93

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    My HP Windows 8 laptop came in contact with an electromagnetic field. Unfortunately it wiped the hard drive completely and i could not recover any files or data from it. I am used to repairing computers but i am not familiar with the new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and i am now having problems installing windows 8 again. Like a dummy i forgot to create recovery disks and am now sitting with a very expensive paperweight with a blank hard drive and no money to afford hp recovery tools. I have a windows 8 installation disk and a product key that i bought when i got the computer. How do i install windows 8 without being able to access the UEFI configuration menu accessible through the Operating System? Please help!!
     
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    Same concept as with BIOS firmware--do whatever you need to do with that particular PC to boot to your installation DVD.
     
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    Also IMHO if your laptop has encountered a magnetic force strong enough to wipe the data of the hard drive then it must be a mechanical drive - not a solid state drive
    If it is a mechanical drive, then the magnetic field strong enough to achieve what you say has occurred, will also have been strong enough to render the drive useless


    I cannot imagine where you have encountered such magnetic force.
     
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    I wondered about that also, but figured we'd learn soon enough. :)

    This is just one of the reasons that experts advise to leave your electronic devices at home if you are going to use a high voltage power line as a zip line. :D
     
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