If so, try a Linux distro to get your files out.
Let me start by saying "Thanks" for any assistance you may be able to provide.
This laptop is about 4 years old and I have packed it up twice a month all that time to fly it offshore to the Gulf of Mexico on a helicopter. I worked in the Oil industry on a drilling vessel. So, it has been through a lot of handling and banging around!
The Problem: It no longer boots. When I turn it on it does absolutely nothing. After I fiddled with it a bit I ran Active@ Boot Disk and got in that way. I could see the hard drive and the file structure, so I suppose it is not necessarily a hard drive problem unless any damage may just be on the boot partition.
I have two new hard drives I could install. This laptop has two HD bays. One is a flash drive; a 120GB SSD Plus SanDisk that I’d like to use for the operating system to expedite booting. The other is a WD 1TB internal that I would use for installed programs and general storage.
I sent to the manufacturer, Toshiba, and got a USB Drive with all of the original software and drivers that was installed on this laptop. It is on a USB Drive. I would truly like to recover all the files on the original HD, if possible.