J jayrod12 Well-known member Joined Aug 1, 2013 Posts 87 Sep 9, 2013 #1 Hey all, So it appears as though my laptop harddrive is dead. It was continuously rebooting while trying to start windows xp, both safe mode and standard. I took the harddrive out of the laptop and plugged it into my desktop running windows 7. I ran testdisk and it spit back that the boot sector was bad. I'm running seatools on it now. It passed the smart test and the short generic. Currently running the long generic. It shows up in disk managment but not in my computer. I want to try and pull a couple of the files off of it before I try formatting it. But because I can't see it in my computer I can't seem to browse the harddrive. I also tried using one of those boxes that converts it to a usb interface however when I plug that in it finds the drive as a cd rom and won't let me do anything without formatting the drive (which is kind of counterproductive considering what I want to do). Where am I going wrong in trying to access the files on the drive?