Recently my old laptop (toshiba a200-1vo) stopped booting. I'd get the "windows has failed to start" message which led me to try to start it up in safe mode, command line mode, etc which all resulted in a black screen with a movable cursor.
I then tried booting from my win 7 CD to either try using the recovery console or just format/install again with no avail. The installation only recognizes my hdd as "unpartionated disk space" and does not allow me to install windows 7 either "'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu" - I'm not sure what this means but I do have the bios configured to boot from windows 7 as first source. I then tried running the recovery console which failed to resolve my problems automatically and got the following message "windows boot manager is missing or corrupt". After this I think it became apparent my hdd has some kind of issue. I tried going into the console and manually format but windows only recognizes 1 disk partition (X: which is the Boot partition). I've tried a few commands like bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd but nothing seems to work. chkdsk can't even be started either since windows can't detect any partition either.
Is there something else I can do to fix the disk? Is this hdd dead for good or are there any kind of tools that can scan it or restore it? ANy help would be apreciated.