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are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

Q: are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

hi,i wanted to know if hard reset and factory reset are the same things?my laptop won't turn on and i found out that i can hard reset that, but i do not want any of my data on hard disk to be erased. is it possible?(i've shut it down before so there is no data on RAM)thanks in advance.

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A: are hard reset and factory reset the same thing?

Hi, No, factory reset will bring your machine back to facory status (the time opening the box) byt hard reset won't. Regards.
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Hello there,

There are a lot of different reasons for an HDD to stop showing. A few things you can try are:

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Trobles86 said:

I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.Click to expand...

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Ray G said:

I partitioned the damaged area off so it cannot be used or accessed. When the drive was connected to the last system I had it in, the system's SMART said to "back up all data that failure was eminent".Click to expand...

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amalsk said:

Hey Guys. I would like to upgrade my computer. I've got a 40 GB HDD right now. Is it possible to add another 80 GB HDD to my computer? If so, how? Could I use both the HDDs?Click to expand...

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amalsk said:

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A:External Hard Drive Not Available


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Back-up all your data on the first partition.​
Right click on "My computer" and click "manage".This should take you to the computer management screen.​
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Hard drive is failing, you're running chkdsk, and have no backup of it yet? Dude, you're brave.

'Clone' the failing HDD, ASAP.
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Google for
my book essential hard drive not working​others seem to have issues too