Windows 8 (UEFI) Blank Hard Drive

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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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the magnetic field strong enough to achieve what you say has occurred, will also have been strong enough to render the drive useless
I wondered about that also, but figured we'd learn soon enough. :)

I cannot imagine where you have encountered such magnetic force.
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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