ok, so a classmate of mine has a failed HDD in her laptop. I've tried running the BIOS diagnostic tool and it gets stuck at the first HD test. The HD data is corrupted to the point where it will not let me run the on-board recovery program. Currently, I am trying to obtain said laptop so I can run a better diagnostic and possibly restore the HDD. Situation: HDD failed, All important data is backed up to USB/DVD, restarts at windows splash, no difference in Safe Mode, on-board diagnostic fails at DSI short test, Advanced boot options has no recovery option. Anyone have any suggestions before I simply format the thing and put on a fresh install of windows?