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Good evening to THE PIT! Long time no seeking help...which I suppose is good for me. I have a HP pavilion 23 that my friend said broke 2 days ago and I am trying to help get it fixed or at least confirm it is dead. So yesterday, every time I turned on the computer, it gave me a blue screen that said, no hard disk found. Today, it said preparing automatic repair...then took me to a screen that said to refresh the computer (ie. reinstall windows) or more options...the more options I could run check disk, system restore, check for diagnostic errors, etc etc. I did everything, I did a system restore, said it was a successful restore to the previous version (4 days ago) and when I restarted the computer, it gave me the same "preparing automatic repair. Took the computer apart, took out the battery, tried a hard reboot to see if that could fix the problem...it didn't...so finally I found my way to a different option to check the HDD itself. It ran a quick test (60 seconds max) and came back with the error of "Hard Drive Short DST Check - fail"? So I figure I am dead in the water. I took the hard drive out and slaved it to my computer and I can see all the files, it acts like it works fine...so I did some google searches, found a program called CrystalDiskInfo and it tells me caution on the drive. GREAT! ugh. So I guess I need help with either fixing it or proving it is no-fixable and tell him to purchase a new HDD/computer. So what can I try to do? I don't know much about the computer itself. think it is windows 8, WDD (green label) drive. HP Pavilion 23 (aka it's a black one, haha...touch screen too) P.S. Forgot to mention, I downloaded the Western digital data lifeguard, ran a fast disk scan on the affected drive, error came back almost immediately Test Option: QUICK TEST Model Number: WDC WD10EADS-65M2B0 Unit Serial Number: WD-WMAV51644851 Firmware Number: 01.00A01 Capacity: 1000.20 GB SMART Status: PASS Test Result: FAIL Test Error Code: 06-Quick Test on drive 2 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 2! Test Time: 21:29:51, August 11, 2016