I’ve been using Qubes for about two years on my Lenovo laptop. All was going fine, until today; after I switched off my computer and restarted it, Qubes will no longer boot. The first time I tried to start today, I was asked for my hard drive encryption password, then got a black screen, then was redirected to the bios startup screen. I tried several times since, and now I don’t even get the Qubes hard drive encryption password screen – it goes into a black screen straight away, and then back to my BIOS startup screen.
I did a smart short test with the Lenovo diagnosis tools and the test fails (“Problems have been identified on one or more of your storage devices”). The tool suggests to use the recover bad sectors tool, but that tool doesn’t identify any problems.
Is my hard drive fried? Is there a way to recover my data or do I need to buy a new hard drive and recover from my latest backup?
Thank you very much!