Originally Posted by DaveSimmons
Next time don't snorgle your laptop, it's not a bun-bun
Without spare parts to swap it's hard to say if it's the SSD or the SATA controller on the motherboard that you boiled like Glenn Close would.
What you could do by spending a bit of money:
- get 2.5" external HDD enclosure for SSD to try to read files
- get platter HDD, USB CD-ROM, pirate copy of Windows to try to revive laptop
Well, I couldn't find an external CDROM drive but I have two enclosures, two rotary hard drives, the SSD in question, a USB flash drive, and I was able to download the Win7 image off of the internet.
I have access to a WinXP computer that is literally 100x slower than my modern computer.
What I realized is:
Win7 can't be installed and can't boot from a USB drive. Well, it can, but it requires a Microsoft tool that requires two prerequisite software that won't install on the WinXP machine. So no go. There is no way for me to boot from a Windows disk of any type. No way to repair the windows installation. This is a huge fucking oversight by MS, needing optical media or a second modern computer to fix it's own OS. This shit needs to be self contained - either have the ability to rescue and repair itself built into the same hard drive, or be able to download a simply program that installs Win7 on a flash drive.
Luckily I have an Acronis backup from a long time ago, and from a different computer, no less. So I'll try to restore the image onto this new computer using the dissimilar hardware feature that Acronis has. Been waiting hours for Acronis to download and another 45 minutes for it to install on the XP machine.
If the actual hardware of the computer is fucked and can't boot regardless of the software, I have literally wasted 20 hours so far and will need to take a one hour bus ride to town and drop $1000 USD on a new warranty-less computer in China.