died,utterly and completely. I have tried it in a caddy with windows and linux but nothing. Luckily I have every thing backed up to an external drive, so no problem there.
I am going to replace the hard drive with a new one and hopefully install windows 7. I have the windows key but the laptop came with no recovery disk and when I tried to make one, a long time ago, it failed.
So I have the key and no disk. I have been on the Microsoft site but it just goes around in circles and tries to sell me a windows 10 disk.