Can't start toshiba laptop "Insert system disk in drive. Press any key when ready."

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My laptop froze while I was using it and a clicking noise started from upper right quadrant. In desperation I force shut it down to try and let it maybe cool off and restart. When I try to boot it up again I hear that noise again and get the message from title. Am I completely ****ed? Any help is appreciated.
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(Original post by monk1324)
My laptop froze while I was using it and a clicking noise started from upper right quadrant. In desperation I force shut it down to try and let it maybe cool off and restart. When I try to boot it up again I hear that noise again and get the message from title. Am I completely ****ed? Any help is appreciated.
The hard drive isn't communicating with the laptop, the laptop thinks it doesn't have one because it's telling you to insert one. Therefore you can't boot to Windows because it doesn't think there's anything to read from; you may have fried a connection between the hard drive and the motherboard when you shut it down, so they can't communicate with each other. Alternatively, it knows it has a hard drive but doesn't think there's anything on it (it can't boot to a non-existent operating system, the software might have corrupted when it froze), so you'd need to get a Windows installation CD/USB to reinstall everything. Either way, you're best off taking it to a repair shop.
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The hard drive isn't communicating with the laptop, the laptop thinks it doesn't have one because it's telling you to insert one. Therefore you can't boot to Windows because it doesn't think there's anything to read from; you may have fried a connection between the hard drive and the motherboard when you shut it down, so they can't communicate with each other.
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My laptop froze while I was using it and a clicking noise started from upper right quadrant. In desperation I force shut it down to try and let it maybe cool off and restart. When I try to boot it up again I hear that noise again and get the message from title. Am I completely ****ed? Any help is appreciated.
In most cases a bump causes the laptop hard drive some damage. There's that too...
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Take it appart and ensure the drive is inserted properly. I believe this error is the same as "no boot device found".


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can you boot from a bootable CD or memory stick? maybe if you can get a bootable environment you can do a check on the internal disk drive.
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there isn't a CD inserted is there? maybe its trying to boot from that, and if it's not a system disk (i.e. its a music or game disk etc) then it wont find an environment to boot from.

my CD drive used to make clicking noises, hence my reason for asking.
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(Original post by monk1324)
My laptop froze while I was using it and a clicking noise started from upper right quadrant. In desperation I force shut it down to try and let it maybe cool off and restart. When I try to boot it up again I hear that noise again and get the message from title. Am I completely ****ed? Any help is appreciated.
It sounds like your hard drive has come to the end of its life; this can be caused by holding the power off button (hard reset) when shutting down the computer, or shaking the laptop while it's on.

Is there not a Windows repair CD that came with the laptop? Just incase the hard drive is still alive.
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Confirmed kaput by two specialists
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Where's the 'any' key?

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If you are going to have to replace the hard drive, get an SSD instead. Much faster and will breathe new life into your laptop. It will run better than new.
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it can mean either:
it is booting from a device without a boot volume
a dead or loose hard drive
the Windows bcd is corrupt
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(Original post by monk1324)
My laptop froze while I was using it and a clicking noise started from upper right quadrant. In desperation I force shut it down to try and let it maybe cool off and restart. When I try to boot it up again I hear that noise again and get the message from title. Am I completely ****ed? Any help is appreciated.
The hard drive died, mine had the same problem
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You can either make a bootable disk and see if you can see the hard disk. Or you can boot to the BIOS or boot menu and see if the disk is present there. This will vary depending on the make and model of your machine.
It may be that the system partition is buggered and can be re-created but it's most likely the disk especially if you heard clicking
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