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Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

Question: Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

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Preferred Solution: Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

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Answer: Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA?

This is the same as your previous post - - which Ziggy suggested you get moved to the Hardware section. Please don't double-post, just contact a mod and have them merge the threads and move them to Hardware.

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Circuit City tech guy says he could NOT transfer my
data from IDE 60 GB to my new HP computer I bought on 7/8/7
He said the harddrive wasn't spinning & he thought it was dead.
(My monitor fizzled out on 7/7/7 like a light bulb going out.)

Answer:Harddrive DEAD; LOST DATA

If the hard drive is not spinning, your options are suddenly very expensive.

You will need to take the drive to a professional data recovery company, but prepare yourself for a likely very high cost. If the drive has to be opened, a "clean room" lab is essential as even a single speck of dust will take out the heads and platter.

Data that only exists on a hard drive and is not backed up is data that you don't care about losing. The hard drive and PSU are the two most failure prone devices in a PC. You need to backup important data regularly, the hard drive is temporary storage at best.

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I had a problem on my HP Imelda 1437, so I used system recovery to bring the computer back to factory settings.As I had a second drive, which did not want touched , I unplugged it.Run the recovey system,plugged in my second 'data' drive, and the system now tells me that the drive is 'Raw Data' and Unformatted. I assume that the BIOS has been changed, as the system was originally a One hard drive system, is there any easy way to restore the bios, without undoing the covers, removing the battery and /or flipping the Bios clear switch./ Thanks Terry

Answer:Lost Data on Harddrive

System recovery should not do anything to the BIOS, if the BIOS was not seeing the drive you would not see it at all in windows.Has windows allocated a drive letter?

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Hey guys,

It seems my harddrive has formatted itself. I had to reboot my computer and noticed that windows was showing my 200gb seagate as being 128gb. Next i noticed that it said it was raw and not even formatted! I never click on format or deleted any partitions so i dont get why this happened. Im completely baffeled as to why it redetected it as 137gb when it has been working all along. I have not changed any hardware or software settings at all. Im running winxp sp2 and have tried to reformat and it only gives me the 137gb. Please help me with this!!!!

Answer:harddrive autoformatted, data lost help!

either your hard drive is breaking down or you have a virus. download avg free edition at or use a diagnostic program from seagate. if you are unable to boot and run the antivirus software just reformat and reinstall windows. tell us what you find.

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Hi. A while back I encountered some problems with my computer. It started with me waking up to a black screen with white text telling me to repair windows. I restarted and there were no more worries. This happened again and again and my computer became harder and harder use. The computer would have complete lag spikes when playing games, entering files etc. became slower and slower until I couldn't boot windows at all. I bought a new SSD drive and installed windows 7 only to find a 5 minute boot time. When it finally booted, the old hard drive (which is connected a long with three other drives) was extremely difficult to handle. Accessing files was slow and the whole computer seemed slow despite having an SSD disk and fresh windows install. I moved my old hard drive to my mom's computer to see if I could extract my files (my whole life is in it), but the transfer speeds are slow and I'm getting error messages when copying certain files. I'm not sure what to do here. I know there are certain file recovery software's I can use and I tried Recuva (which is free), but when pointing it to my hard drive, it stalls for about 2-3 mins before giving me an error message. I find it odd that I can access and copy files from this hard drive through 'Computer', but that a file recovery software has troubles with it :S I need some help here

Answer:Harddrive issue, is my data lost?

In the circumstances, I would recommend that you use PhotoRec to recover all your files first. I do not want you to try anything else - not even the manufacturer's diagnostic utility.(That can come after data recovery)


1. It does not write anything to your drive in question.

2. PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data. It can recover almost all types of files, not necessarily photos and videos.

( IMO, a badly corrupted file system caused Windows not to boot but in its present abode, you are able to access it and copy it too but with errors because of the corrupt file system. There is still a 10% chance that that HDD is dying with more and more bad sectors being created. In either case the first priority is to recover as much as possible, and to me there is no better way than using PhotoRec)

I would also recommend that you run it under DOS bootable from a pen drive. Create your bootable DOS pen drive with Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way ( I go with MS-DOS rather than FreeDos - fad )

Download TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.13 (15 November 2011), Data Recovery Dos/Win9x version from TestDisk Download - CGSecurity Extract the zip file to your C drive. You will find a folder testdisk-6.13 on your C drive. Open it, select all the files in it and copy all those files into the Dos pen drive you already created. Boot from the DOS pen drive and at the command prompt type photorec_win.exe and press enter to run it. (And y... Read more

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Hi Everyone,

Today was a bad day for me as i lost every single file in my Hp laptop. I think it is all my mistake. let me explain what happend.

My laptop have 500GB HD. Laptop came up with 456GB of "C" Drive partition. Other 3 paritions were HP_Tools, Recovery and System.

"C" drive was half full when i decided to divide it into more drives to save important data from "C" to another drive. After searching on internet i came to know that windows 7 has a limit of 4 parititons. then i started searching for a quick solution to avoid full new windows installation. I installed a Mini Tool Parition manager and Set the "C" drive as Logical and shrinked more drives from C. Computer restarted Partition manager takes 10 minutes to do everything and then WIndows started and all was ok. But I wanted to have one more 100 gb partition from "C". I did it again using Parition manager and computer started all stuff was going well. Parition manager finshed everything and when computer restart nothing works. Every time computer restart from windows 7 Logo. I was sure that something goes wrong. i tried to repair it but repair takes 30 minutes and solved nothing for me. i canceled repair and try to install fresh windows 7. when i was selecting the "C" disk to install windows in it. An error appeas saying "windows could not format a partition on disk 0. The error occurred while preparing the partition selected for installatio... Read more

Answer:Full HardDrive Cleaned Important data lost - Hp Laptop

If you ran clean ALL, you are SOL.

Perhaps you can ask the NSA for their backup copy.

Too late this time, but in future, good idea to make an image backup every so often.

This is great free program which you can use to prevent getting in trouble in future:

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My T400 (bought last July) harddrive dead on me Sunday. I called helpcenter and received a replacement harddrive today. It was very fast. They asked me to return the old one. I have a concern about the security of my old harddrive. There are lots of personal information (data and files) on the old harddrive. If I return the old one, is there a chance my personal data be leaked? Is there any way I can delete the data and file on the old harddrive? I have no access to my old harddrive now. Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated greatly. Thank you for your time.

Answer:New harddrive from lenovo to replace my dead old harddrive

It will almost certainly be trashed, but you can't be 100% sure.  If you have a big magnet around, you could set the old one on it for a while - that should do the trick.

T61p, T400formerly x23, x40

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Computer was given to me because the cdrom was dead.
The tick of death started, so the harddrive is dead too(it is dead now sure)
XP licence is stuck under laptop.

Pity to throw this laptop away, I would liket to get XPback on, but failling that anything is accepted.

Answer:laptop, dead cdrom, dead harddrive

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I have this WD My Passport external portable harddrive which I have used for a couple of years. I was writing something to the drive one day when the USB connection seems to be somewhat loose and the drive disconnected momentarily and reconnected itself but the file I was trying to write ended prematurely...

Now when I try to use the Seagate Harddrive test tool for windows and do a Short Generic test and the result failed.. I am fear it might have been caused by the disconnection and might eventually corrupt the entire drive... I try to run chkdsk but there aren't any errors detected it seems and files seems to be accessible as normal... Is there a way to fix the harddrive without losing data in the drive or confirm the drive is indeed failing?

Answer:Seagate Harddrive test tool fail but harddrive data seems intact

Run the most thorough and extensive test available with the WD hard drive utilities.

If it fails the thorough test, you may have a warranty claim.

Or the Seagate tool. Whatever you have. Your title is confusing.

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Hello,I have just recently aqquired a laptop for christmas, now, when I first got it out, it worked great for about an hour, no strange noises etc. etc.However, it then suddenly froze on the shutdown, after this it just kept making a clicking noise, and saying "operating system not found", no other options, nothing to press etc., no boot.Now, I read somewhere that taking the hdd out, and putting it back in again sometimes helps, I did this once, and no change, however, on doing it a second time it booted fine, no clicking, and it passed scandisk twice with no clicking. It ran for about two hours, with shutdowns working fine etc. However now, it has stopped again - no boot.I am pretty sure that the hdd needs replacing (at a cost of around 40), however, before plunging in would just like to ask if it could be anthing else, if there is anything I can do to fix it at home, and whether there is anything in particular I need to be looking for when I buy (buying new) (except 2.5in, and around 15gb+)Thanks,Daniel.

Answer:Dead Harddrive? Alive? No, definitely dead...

If new take it back

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kindly provide me link for free recovery software, as i lost my data from hard disk.

Answer:I lost my data from hard disk , and want to recover my lost data

Download from :

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I just recently bought a used computer to replace the one I had which died on me. For some reason, my old harddrive isn't being recognized as the main hard drive when I remove the new one and plug my old one in. Both harddrives are recognized when I have my old one plugged up with the extra power and IDE cable, so I was wondering if it is possible to copy the contents of my old drive to the new one and have it where it transfers all of my installed software over without having to reinstall everything?

Answer:Harddrive to harddrive data transfer?

So what you tried to do is get WinXP to boot after it was installed on a different computer. This usually does not work well unless the Motherboard onthe new computer is almost identical to the old one. At the very least you would want to uninstall all drivers that were istalled as part of the old motherboard then do a repair installation of Windows XP. Then again if your installation of Windows is an OEM version of Windows it is not legal to use it on a second computer even if the second computer is a replacement for the first. If this is a retail copy of Windows then you can do it. You would need also the drivers for the new system.. As far as transfering installed programs from one hard drive to another and have them work properly if at all, it is not likely that you will succeed in doing so as installed programs make changes to the registry so that windows will know where to go look for the files to operate these programs. Just transferring the programs will not make the changes needed to your registry that an installation would make.

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i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz help

Answer:old harddrive. need data off it. put as slave. cant access data

iLLegaL89 said:


i need data off an old pc which was windows 98 word97
so i put it in my comp (xp. office suite 8) i want to access files from old harddrive but wheni click word it says data might be currupt? plz helpClick to expand...

Well, generally all the office suits are backward there's should not be any problem. Can you open that word file(s) on the old PC (World 97 as u mentioned?) If it is so, you might have some problem with this new PC office suit.
Try, making copy of the old files in old PC using save as or may be you can convert doc files (if you don't have some hi level formating) to rtf files. That can be opened in Wordpad comes with every Windows OS.
This might help, i guess..
- Nirav

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Ok, this is a bit of a lengthy story but here goes:

About 5 days ago now , my computer froze just a few minutes into a game i had just started up (dungeon siege 2 demo). I figured this wasnt a major problem, i'd just restart. And i did but only to find an error in loading windows. Cant quite remember the exact one but it was somthing like "ntldr is either missing or corrupt, please copy or replace the file". Now at the time i didnt have my xp pro copy handy (i had lent it to a friend), so i tried a few other things, safe mode, last known good config, replacing the file from a xp home cd etc but to no avail. Finally i rang a friend and got em to send over their copy. meanwhile i googled the issue on another computer to find that many people were fine with it all after using chkdsk in the xp recovery console. So i figured i'd give it a try. This is where it hit the fan.

I left it for a while and came back to see that it had stopped at 50% saying that "one or more sectors could not be fixed" somthing like that anyway. Bugger, but i guess i'd just reinstall windows - not that big a deal. I restarted and then there came these clicking noises from the hdd. and it just hanged at "detecting ide harddrives". Sometimes it'd give up and no hardrives would be detected and it would continue to boot. But somtimes it'd find it but the drive wont stop clicking or get past that first screen.

so heres what i've tried:
-Restarting... Read more

Answer:Another harddrive dead?

a little known virus called 'kittools' of which there is no known fix, can chew up a harddrive, and destroy the sectors.
i've had 3 in my shop this year.

go for the new harddrive

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For about 3 months my computer has been having this stalling problem, and i've been able to keep it from getting bad by switching my sata port and cables. Slowly it got worse and worse, and now when i try to boot it up it just beeps a lot and gives me this error message saying disk boot failure please insert windows disk. I thought it might of been my motherboard so i plug ed it into my friends computer and it seemed to be working fin till it was about to load the windows login screen and just stayed black.

that is a link to my previous post when i thought it was my motherboard

Answer:Is my harddrive dead or is it something else

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Question: Dead Harddrive???

I just tried to power my terra drive on an it started smokeing thinking its the electronic board.

Answer:Dead Harddrive???

Probably a good guess i'd say...

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Question: Harddrive is dead?

Ok wow, busy day for me.

Plugged in USB drive, computer started lagging every minute or so and freezing on me. Thought something maybe up, so, restarted system.

Then got blue screen of death, oh dear.

KERNAL_STACK_INPAGE_ERROR appeared. I was like holy crap.

Restarted again and got a message of:


now, i got this everything I tried, I have 2 drives, both SATA. One had nothing on as I just got it for xmas and was going to wait before I needed it (now i do!!!).

Unplugged original and installed XP on this one so I can post for any problem solving.

If I plug in the original as well as this one. I get an error message just after everything is check in DOS thing (before Windows logo comes up) saying DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISC.

Wow long post. please help if you're a guru!



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Hi all,
yesterday, while trying to delete a file, I got "Cannot Delete, file in use" error and another error telling me that some file in the same folder was corrupted. Then, that entire harddrive "disappeared" from My Computer. In other words, the drive icon disappeared as if the drive was no longer detected.

I restarted and got a DOS error saying "Hardware Failure, contact your hardware vendor."

I removed the drive (its my secondary) and the computer started up fine. Virus scans found nothing.

I dont know what to do at this point. EVERY thing that matters to me is on that drive. Are there tests I can run to see whats wrong with it? I really hope the data is recoverable.

For the record, its a 250 gig Internal S-ATA Seagate drive.

Thanks for ANY help, I really appreciate it!!

Answer:Is my Harddrive DEAD?

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Question: Dead harddrive??

Hi there, first off merry christmas!!

A few weeks ago i turned on my p.c and it wouldnt load up windows xp,it was just getting stuck on the xp loading screen (with the blue loading bar)

First i tried un attaching then re-attaching all the componets in the p.c, this didnt work. I tried starting in safe mode and this didnt work either, so i had alook around the bios and couldnt fond any way of sorting it out (i didnt really know what i was looking for really)

In the end i just decided to cut my losses and try to re-install windows from the partition using the floppy recovery disk. It completed the first 2 stages
(i assume this is the deleting/clearing existing files from the hd)
But on the next stage it just freezes and dosent do anything( i assume this is the re-installation stage)

So would it be possible to install windows if i buy an xp disk and do it that way, or do i need to buy a new hd w/ xp installed on it already?

My pc is a packard bell ixtreme. 2002-ish at has the old 133 ram and the first p4 that was released (not the winalot one they released straight after). my hardrive is also the slow basic no frills generic piece of turd that packard bell dished out with their first xp models.

Sorry about my lack of knowleged i havnt bought a pc component for a few years and i cant remeber all the lingo i used to know.

Thanks for you time and patience,

Answer:Dead harddrive??

It sounds as if you may have a hardware issue. Maybe a bad hard drive or flakey memory. Find out which company made your hard drive (get the model number from the BIOS and Google it, or open the case and have a peek) and go to their web site, download and run the diagnostic tool as per their instructions. Then visit the Memory section here at MajorGeeks and download and run a RAM diagnostic. I think the bootable ones are best (my personal favorite: - it will create a bootable floppy or CD .iso image). Choose the advanced/extended tests and run for at least 3 passes. This may take some time, so go have a few beers and a pizza. If both the HD and RAM tests pass 100%, then buying an XP disc is a real good idea. Be sure you get a valid product key with it so you can activate as required. You may have to reformat the drive to reload your Windows if a safe repair installation keeps crashing....

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Question: Harddrive dead?

So last night I was on my computer and I heard a click noise coming from the hdd. A few minutes later I got a message saying

"New Hardware Found: F J T U M G 2 4 H"

The computer got VERY buggy and was doing like practically nothing. I hit control alt delete and my cpu usage was at a constant 2%. I shut the computer off then turned it back on and the windows loading screen doesnt come up. Just a blinking line.

I eventually got it to show the loading screen for about 1.5 seconds then a blue screen came up and said UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_DATA also stating that i somehow installed a peice of hardware wrong.

I tried safe mode, same thing.
I tried Last Known Good Configuration, same thing.

I think i fried my harddrive.. >_<
If i did, is there any way to recover data because i had abotu 3 gigs of music and i have dial up >_<

Answer:Harddrive dead?

Freeze the hard drive and recover

However you also need a second drive to do this

Was this your seagate drive that did this?

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Question: Dead Harddrive

Hi guys,
I have just taken my laptop in to get checked out, because it was having trouble restarting after it froze durning a system restore. The fellow told me I have a pretty much dead harddrive, and that it would be easily replaced under my extended warranty, provided I hadnt caused the problem.

The thing is, i spilt the tiniest bit of chocolate milk on my laptop about 3 months ago. I know, I'm an idiot, but I cleaned it up and let it dry out, exactly as you're meant to. Everything was fine, but now i'm worried that this has caused the death of my harddrive. Or that even if it didnt, they will see marks or something and charge me anyway. However, I have always had trouble with my laptop, it often shuts down for no reason, even before the milk incident. I have also had trouble with system restores in the past. I have a hp pavillion and my partucular type is also notorious for overheating. The guy I talked to said that it could well be just a large number of things disintergrating over time that has caused it, but if I could get some insight, that would be great. Id prefer to know now if im likely to have to pay a couple of hundred dollars to get it fixed!


Answer:Dead Harddrive

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I have a friend whos computer was acting weird. It's older, so the local shop wouldn't look at it for her. she said she couldn't get it to say ON. I told her I would look at it, (but I know next to nothing)
when I started it up the first few times, the only thing odd I noticed is the background was blood red with a butcher knife on it. Just weird for her. I didn't try to get online.

I called her to ask if the background was normal, and exactly the problem she was experiencing was. she said the background wastn' normal, and that when she got online, it would restart her computer.

Thinking I had the answer, (virus) I headed down with my Norton in hand. I started up the computer as I have a few times before, but this time it didn't even recognize the hard drive.. checked for it.. then said.. "master NONE"..

I opened it up, checked all the cables and tried again.. nothing. I tried to put one of my old harddrives in, and it did recognize mine..

my question is.. would a virus have killed this harddrive.. and is that what it probably is? is there any way of getting the data back off? I have an old hard drive here, but I had used it as a back up for my digital pictures... there isnt' a OS loaded on it. so it won't start up the system either.

I just dont' know if i should cut my losses or keep trying.

thanks for any advice!!

Answer:[SOLVED] Is harddrive dead?

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my computer restarts and gets to boot disc failure so i think its dead but i use another power supply cable connecter and it works

ever had this happen?

the other one seems a little loose and may not last long either

Answer:dead harddrive? i guess no

I have certainly had it happen before. Purchase a new power supply.

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freezing during installing software/running software

numerous, error messages on boot drive stability

during format/partion, it took a long amount of time, and numerous attempts, file alocation errors

please help its a 8100 dell dimension

is the HD about to die? does it have a virus?

Answer:labtop harddrive going dead?

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Computer is an HP Compaq 8510p that had a 250 gb drive put in it at time of receipt. Is running XP SP3. Hard drive is giving error of 10008 replace hard drive. gets stuck when trying to boot widows. cannot boot to dos gets stuck at bmload.sys

Downloaded the ultimatebootcd as I do not have a windows recovery disk wit me (400 miles from home) Ran the HDD for HCAT2 received a bunch of info and then stated was loading the boot sector 0002d1 int1e=f000efc7 and then states non system disk or disk error. replace and press any key.

When I do that it goes to windows and gets stuck. Is there any way that I can get to a dos prompt without launching windows so I can run a chkdsk.

Just need the computer up long enough to copy some files off of it?


Answer:HardDrive appears dead, trying to restituate

This won't get Windows to boot but it will help you copy those files, allowing you to attempt to fix your Windows OS without worrying about losing your files. Puppy Linux is an OS that can be booted from a CD or USB drive and will run in RAM. and Getting Started.htm

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My son has a Lenovo Y40-80 laptop. The harddrive is physically dead. It clicks and makes a terrible noise when powered up. I have a SATA->USB cable and tried accessing the drive using other computers, but no luck. I have a new SATA harddrive to put into the laptop, but I am wondering how I will get the OS reinstalled. I know that on the forum, all other discussions are about using recover partition of the harddrive, but this harddrive is physically broken.  I tried to see if I can get recovery media through the support website, but was told because my laptop is out of warranty I could not download or get any recovery media from Lenovo support.    I feel like if I buy a computer with an OS, I should at least be told what the registration code is for my OS so I can reinstall the software from media I have from other computers.    Is there any other option besides just buying a brand new OS?

Answer:Physically dead harddrive, how do I reinstall os?

If the computer came with Windows 8.1 or 10, then the Product ID is stored in the computers BIOS and is not required to reinstall Windows.   You can download Windows Install media for Windows 8.1 and 10 for free from Microsoft using this link.    During installation, the product should be automatically detected, or if reinstalling Windows 10 (even after an upgrade) you can skip the product key and it will be detected after installation is complete. If the system came with windows 7, then there should be a product key sticker either affixed somewhere on the laptop. BTW  I cannot believe that Lenovo will not send you recovery installation media for your system.   You cannot order them online in the USA, however, but you can order them by calling Lenovo support at 877-453-6686      The Lenovo recovery disks may be preferred since they would create the original partition layout, and include all the proper drivers and Lenovo pre-installed software that came with your system when it was new.  Good Luck, Create installation media for Windows

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I need to help someone recover data from a dead scusi harddrive,

I have not yet inspected the device but I am told the computer makes a beep when it starts then fails to read the disk and wont load the operating system.

I was under the impression that a single beep indicated it had found your harddrive, but I maybe wrong.

It also has a scusi card so could it be possible that the card has failed?

I have the ultimate boot CD so I will possibly be able to do some scans on it with this, but is it possible to recover the data myself without sending it off and paying a small fortune?

If so then how do I go about doing this do I need to connect another harddrive to it to transfer the data?

and what software will I need???

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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hi, i recently started having problems with my external harddrive its WD 500gb

at first some times is asked me to format it. i only turned it off and on and it was back to normal. then after that last power outage it kept asking me to to format it and then its not detected at all.

bias doesnt see it at all (once it actualy saw it). when i plug in via usb my win7 just makes that enoying beep sound over and over. device manager is refreshed but nothing new is there. esata port stops the comp from starting at all. also if i try going to bias when its pluged in it hangs when starts to scan what is plugged in in my sata ports.

thought it spins and everything properly.

any one got ever had this sort of problem before?

Answer:external harddrive dead or is there hope

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im working on a dell inspiron 5100... was running xp... on boot up, i get black screen tht says "primary hard disk drive 0 failure" "no boot device available".. so looks like the hard drive is dead... ive work on desktops, but never the hardware on laptop... this is the hard drive that is on the computer...
Part Number:G0435
Functional Group:HARDDRIVE
Description:HD 40GB I 9.5MM 5.4K HIT-FRES
Comments:HGST Fresno-B 40GB HDD (5400rpm) udma 100

i was just wondering if most laptop harddrives will work on this computer without having to order the same drive from dell... does anybody have any recommendations... i think the pc is about 5 years old... thanks for your help...

Answer:Solved: dead dell laptop harddrive help

Yes, I've put several laptop drives in my Dell's. They don't have to be ordered from the manufacturer.

So you could even get a larger one if you want.

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Edit: Title should be WD5000AAKS-00TMA0

Oh god, this keeps happening to me. I've had so many hardware problems recently, taking up all my time and money...

I'll tell you the entire story.
I have a fan on the front of the computer (quite small) that often makes alot of noise. So everytime it makes this sound, I press down on the casing or nudge it (or slap it), and it quitens down.
For the past 2-3 days though it's been EXTREMELY loud, and it's unstoppable.
A nudge shuts it up for a minute or 2, and then it starts up again. It's incredibly annoying...
So I decided to do something about it.
It's a small fan, it appears to only cool down my 2 harddrives and nothing else, so I thought I'd remove it.
Attached to the fan is a black wire and a red wire. I followed these wires back to the source. The 2 wires were seemingly forced into 2 of one the 4 pin harddrive cables (wires:red black black yellow, white plug).
[I should mention here that my computer was built by a specialist and purchased on eBay.]
I saw this and thought to my self "Easy!"
I pulled the 2 wires out and removed the fan from the casing.

When I started up the computer, everything seemed fine. No more noise!
Then I realised my 2nd harddrive wasn't showing up.
500GB of music, software and work. Important work....
I put my hand to the harddrive as the computer casing was still open. Nothing.

It's COMPLETELY unresponsive.
I look at the BIOs, it's not recognis... Read more

Answer:Completely dead harddrive (like a rock) WD5000AAKS-00TMA00

Luckily, I found the correct screw heads in my shed so i can get at the PCB!!!!


R64 - 0.3 OHMS
R67 - 527 OHMS
D3 - 0 OHMS
D4 - 563 OHMS

There's also a setting on my multimeter to test diodes, so I gave it a go on all of them

R64 - 0 (BEEP)
R67 - 658 (NO BEEP)
D3 - (1 BEEP)
D4 - 712 (NO BEEP)
I imagine there is a broken resistor and a broken diode in there.
I think the culprits are R64 and D4.

Instead of removing the components as I've been told to (and replacing them with wire)... Can I just solder a piece of wire from one terminal to the other, like an arch? an alternative route? instead of clipping the whole thing out???

Please tell me the answers!!!!!!!!!
What next!??????

Thank you!!!!!!!

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On power and these drive doesn?t even initialize. I had these two harddrives in raid 0, worked fine. I moved bays with them booted worked plugged to more in and they both did not work. Put in a new raid card nothing, changed cables tested with the two that worked. Mounted both in a docking station widows reads them but get a triangle with a red ?!? in storage manager. Any one has any ideas, how to update firm ware or rest these drives?

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hello  i  ahve a   notebook  T60Pand i have  the  2nd  time  the  problem  with  the  NBi  saved  lot  of  data  at the  secure  drivebut  tsome things  happend  and  my  registry  was damaged  so no  way  pout  to  get the  data i make  a  immage  to  another Harddisk  and  i  can  see with  special  tools  that  there i8s  a  2nd  drive  but  cant  see it  in  bios  or  howeverafter  i  try  to make  recover  but also  faild  .. by  security  password finaly  i  gave  up  and  like  to  take  the  expensive notebook to  the  trash  coz  there  was  some  finanzial  data  not  easy  to  rebuild  them  again so  can  any  tell me  where  i can  get  a  original  recover CD   the  reseller  magicdevices in  germany  is  not  succesfulldid  any  know  on  what partition teh  system create  the  secure  crypted  drive ?? THANK  u  walfried

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I know this may sound stupid and I know I was...

But it was the first time that I had to run the recovery disk and I moved all my important documents to the second partition (E:) and then ran the recovery disk, thinking that it would only format the first partition (C:)...
Well I was wrong.

Can anyone please help me with a way to get the information on my second partition (E:) back?

Answer:Lost of data after using recovery disc - How to get back the data

Hi mate?

I?ve got bad news for you?
The HDD has been formatted by Recovery DVD and this means that all available partitions have been erased!

I?m sorry but I don?t see any options to get back the data :(

Of course there are many companies which are able to rescue the data on damage HDDs of after HDD formatting but in my opinion the costs would be immense?

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Hi folks,
I had a old PC which has just crashed but there is still some of my stuff, like photos, music, documents saved on this drive..which, of course I didn't back up.
If I remove the hard drive and install it in my new machine will it just appear as a second drive?
My new machine is running Windows Media and I don't want to do any damage by installing a hard drive that has XP OS on it

Or am I concerned unnecessarily

Answer:Getting data from an old harddrive

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Question: lost harddrive

my pc has a 20 gb harddrive, after i formatted it i discovered the harddrive had shrunk to 1.99gb?
i have created an extended partion using fdisk, which simply gave me another 1.99gb drive. does anyone know how i can get the whole 20gb back? i have read earlier post regarding manufactures softeware, is there anyway of finding out what manufacturer my hd is made by, without actually opening up my machine?

any help would be extremely helpful! thanks

Answer:lost harddrive

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Closing duplicate, please reply here:


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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Please do not post duplicates. With patience, you should get a reply to your post within 24 hours.

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
But I know someone who has recovered all of his data from a formatted drive using ..

I know he tried some others ... but this one worked.

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ok...i have an old laptop harddrive that has been formatted, but i need to recover some pictures(years of familiy pictures) from it... i bought the cable that allows me to hook it up to my desktop... i can see the hard drive while booting, but i cant see it once the windows loads up.. what can i do, and what is a good software for that kinda data recovery.

Answer:data recovery from a old harddrive

visit thats the best data recoverey software avalible

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Everytime I Boot My Computer It Goes Straight To Dos. Does Anybody Know To Stop This? If Not How Can I Pull My Data Off The Harddrive So I Can Reimage It? I Am Using Win Xpsp1.

Answer:Pulling Data From Harddrive From Dos With No Os.

Check out is a link there for a program that may do what you want.

Any MG'ers out there with a better solution?

XP experts should be able to come up with abetter solution for you, I think.
Wait a while and see who replies. Bazza

BTW, welcome to MG. Be warned, it becomes addictive. Baz

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Hi, i'm new to the forums and was looking for some help. I purchased a new computer last week and hooked up my old harddrive to retrieve some of my old data. It was working fine until recently whenever i try to access it, it tells me the harddrive isn't formatted and won't let me view the files. Is there any program or a way i could get some of my old stuff back?
thanks in advance.

Answer:Any Way To Retrieve Data From Old Harddrive?

Do both drives have XP installed? Are the both NTFS or FAT32 file system?

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Hello. I had a computer in which I sometime ago, put a new motherboard and athlon processor in. Just recently, it started acting strange. My control panel would not act right. The Add/Remove Programs would not work, nor would the System icon work. It would suddenly lock up on me. I tried to reinstall Windows XP, but it had a spool error and stopped. Anyway, I bought a new computer with 40 gig hard drive in it and preloaded with Windows XP. (I had Windows XP in the old computer, too.) Is there anyway I can retrieve my data from my old hard drive? I have hundreds of digital photos on it, plus some other data I would hate to lose. I had CD's for all my programs on it. Anybody got any method to retrieve the data?

Answer:How do I retrieve data from harddrive?

You can hook up the drive as a slave and get your info if the drive is still good.

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we are wanting to get a new hardrive, bigger but we can't find our OS cd so the only OS we have is on old hardrive. We want to transfer everything , expecially OS to new hardrive. First is this possible and if it is how do we do it??? thanks

Answer:Data Tranfer from Old Harddrive to New

What O/S are we talking about?Keep in mind that years of use of a Windows system accumulates a lot of debris, some of which you probably don't want to retain. In the end everyone needs a real Windows CD sooner or later.If you want to preserve this as it is do a google search for free imaging software, or check out Acronis True Image or Ghost if you are willing to pay. (Although if you ar ewilling to pat, you may just want to invest in a Windows CD.)

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I would like to wipe a drive of mine clean, because i'm selling it to someone, what programs can I use to accomplish this task, and there is Windows Vista installed on it.

Answer:how to erase data on Harddrive

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN) download and review - secure hard drive erasure from SnapFiles

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Computer informationDell Dimension 3000Windows XP HomeProblemUpon booting it attempt to load windows. It will display the Windons XP loco briefly and then go to a blue error screen. The error screen says that the harddrive is corrupted.  Run CHKDSK /F.........I have attempted without success to Start in safe mode, last known configuration  normal and all other options. It will repeat the process and return to the blue screen. MY question is..... They is a lot of data that the owner of compute would like to have recover  from old hard drive. I have heard of this being done. Can anyone give me some advice on how to do this? I do have another IDE hard drive I can use the computer.....

Answer:Harddrive Data recovery

Boot to your XP CD, choose the first repair option, enter the recovery console and run chkdsk /r

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I need help in tranferring one harddrive to another one. My old one has a blue screen and I want some of my data off of it and someone told me I could do it this way. Any advice whether this is true or not. Please give me instruction on how to get this done...Thanks

Answer:Transfering data from one harddrive to another one

what you mean? when you boot up with the current hdd with the data on it, you get a blue error message? well if thats the case, all you have to do is set the drive to a slave or a cable select drive, put it into another computer (thats working) and then transfer the data to the other computer harddrive. once finished you can format and reinstall windows or whatever.

if the problem is worse you may like to have a look at a data recovery software package to get the data. hope it worrks :grinthumb

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Having trouble saving some files I copied from my old cp to my hard drive, appreciate some help.


Answer:Saving from data cd to harddrive

Start,Programs, Accessories, Windows Explorer....find the cd drive on left side of box and open right click to copy what is on the cd, then right click paste to where you want it on the right side of ther box

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I asked this a few weeks ago, elsewhere (not sure now where) about transferring data from one computer to a new one.

I was told to take out the OLD hd, unplug the cd-rom of the new computer, plug the old hd into this plug, and save the info from it onto the new hd.

I didn't have the new computer at the time (and it's not mine, it's someone else's I'm helping with it. She doesn't want me taking her new computer apart to do this

The basic question about this (now) is.... I can take her old computer, take the hd out, put it in MY computer, plugging it in instead of the CDROM (which is my E drive) then burn the files from this onto a CD using my CD burner which is my D drive?

Before I take my pc case off I wanted to check and see if I have this right. The CD Rom plug will fit on the HD and it will turn the HD (from old computer) into the E drive- to take the files and folders from?

(It amazes me that I can talk computer

What we were trying to do is zip the folders and send them to her mail, but for some reason the "zip and email" option doesn't come up on her setup.

So, I remembred the plugging in the hd where the CD ROM goes idea.

I have WIN 98SE and the old hd is WIN 98 (if that matters in this)

Also, for whoever did the Halloween decorations, I love the logo!)



Answer:Taking data off harddrive

The old HDD does use the same connections as the CD drive.


The CD will probably be connected as a Slave drive, and the old HDD will certainly be a Master if it was the boot drive. Therefore you need to set the jumpers from Master (possibly no jumpers) to Slave on the back of the drive. A key to where they go should be on the drive label. All brands tend to be different as to the settings, there is no standard way.

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My Gaming PC broke down I am highly guessing is the processor which would always run really hot. Cant Complain since it lasted at least 3 years.

Anyways, right now, all I got left is my laptop. Is there a way I can pull out my old hard drive and get some data and put it on my laptop? I only need one file which is a text file that has my passwords for every site i joined on it.

I am guessing I need to find a way to connect the hard drive externally to my laptop using USB port and get the data i need.

Both my laptop and the harddrive I need to pull has Window Vista home edition installed on it.

Answer:Recovering Data From Old HardDrive

You could purchase an external HDD caddy suited to the interface of the hard drive (presumably it would be SATA) and then connect, as you said, via USB to the laptop.

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I need some advice i am going to upgrade my current harddrive(Maxtor d-plus 9 8g IDE) to a new Maxtor 6Y120M0 120gb Serial ATA 8mb Cache 7200rpm.1Q - Is there any way i can transfer everything from my old drive to the new drive. I want to use the new drive as my main bootable drive.2Q - If i can whats the best way to go about it.Many ThanksChris

Answer:Moving Data from 1 Harddrive to a new one.

I know several people at work who have used click hereHave a read, and see if it does what you want.

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i am using windows 7 operating system and i have an external harddrive that used to be my primary. when attempting to access it through my external hd enclosure it mostly asks me to format it and shows the drive under "my computer" as just a drive with no current/maximum drive capacity and trying to open the drive results in a cyclic redundancy check error. ocassionally when plugging in the drive or changing its drive letter from drive management i get the "scan and fix or continue without scanning" promp and when i choose continue without scanning it allows me to access the drives contents. i have finally freed up enough space on my primary harddrive to backup the drives data but cannot seem to get the scan and fix prompt to show up again :[ is there any way to force it to ask to scan and fix instead of asking to format so i can recover the files? all the information i can seem to find online about it only tells me how to disable the autoplay so it no longer asks ... but i want it to ask so i can remove the data then reformat the drive fully. is there any way you can help?

Answer:recovering harddrive data

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Our mother board died due to lightning, In replacing the motherboard, what kind of problems will I run into in trying to boot up after motherboard is replaced?

Answer:Transfering harddrive data

Due to lightning?!! If you're mobo died due to that, I'm pretty sure some other stuff would have died also (like your CPU?)

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hi guys

first time posting on here, hope iv posted this in the right area, apologies if not! basically my computer has stopped loading up windows, its takes me to the load up options screen (safe mode, last known config, start windows normally screen etc etc) and when i choose an option it just begins the reboot process again and again! iv tried using windows recovery off the XP cd using some methods iv found on various forums but to no avail.

basically iv resigned myself to having to reload windows from scratch but want to know how i go about (trying) to save all the files on my harddrive that im loathed to lose in the process! i have a second computer that i can use as a base but would appreciate some advice, detailed i fpossible, on how i go about getting the said files onto the second computer from the harddrive from my redundant computer

any help would be greatly appreciated


Answer:transfering data off my harddrive

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Hallo!Well, what the problem is, after a format, i installed my secondary harddrive aagin! But, the difference is this time, its showing as 127GB and not 160GB!I've ran partition magic to check ffor any hidden partitions but none showed up! and formatteded countless times! I checked in bios and there harddrive still apears in 160gb!Im currently running Windows Xp.Any help is much appreciated.Grantp.s harddrive is a western digital

Answer:Lost Harddrive space

Don't know if any of this will help but here are my thoughts.Check what file system you are using to format, as I believe fat32 has drive size limitations. You should format using NTFS file system.You could also create two partitions on this drive. This may allow you to see the full drive size in windows XP.

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Being a new installation I reformated the c: drive during W7 installation, but after I was done, I really wanted a clean system, so I saved my D: drive data and reformated that.. When I came back up I expected to see an empty D: drive.. But my D: drive now doesn't register.

looking in explorer under computer it is just missing. looking in device manager under computer it is gone.

How can I get it back?

Answer:lost a harddrive when I reformatted!

Does drive show up in BIOS? If so, right click Computer > Manage > Disk Management if the drive shows up there right click and format the drive.

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HI everyone this is my first time posting here. and i have asked help on many different forums regarding this problem. below is a copy and paste of what my problem is. I am running windows xp sp2  and it is a seagate 250 gb sata drive. -----Now i am back to square 1. i used a program called Copywipe to delete my partition to fix the problem but it just made it worse. now it says i only have a 127gb hard drive when it is suppose to be 250gb(really 233gb) i installed partition magic on the pc but i cant seem to fix the problem. I put two pictures in here one from disk management  in partition magic and the other is the the properties for the drive ---here is the chkdsk report --The type of the file system is NTFS.WARNING!  F parameter not specified.Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...File verification completed.CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...Index verification completed.CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...Security descriptor verification completed. 134206978 KB total disk space.   2608544 KB in 9205 files.      2268 KB in 574 indexes.         0 KB in bad sectors.     79882 KB in use by the system.     65536 KB occupied by the log file. 131516284 KB available on disk.      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.  33551744 total allocation units on disk.  32879071 allocation units ... Read more

Answer:Help i lost part of my harddrive

 this could be a condition limitation in your motherboard bios and its age, as hard drives expanded motherboard bios's had to be updated to suit, but some motherboard's and bios's cannot be updated or understand the size geometrics or be updated.the question is what motherboard, operating system and cpu are you using ?have you tried the seagate tools for formating this drive ?there is a version which can run in windows as well as a DOS version which as it has its own operating system, it can be booted from and it then works out with any windows GUI being requiredthey can be downloaded from here:- can then use the tools to diagnose any problems and with the "powermax tool" you can format and or partition the drive.

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I just lost my secondary harddrive, I was running several different programs, then I tried to delete a file I got an error that the file was corrupted. The drive is a 160 Gig Maxtor set as slave (E on the 2nd IDE channel with a Pioneer Burner (D, the Burner shows up fine. I tried a system restore to a point yesterday but it says it won't apply to E:, because it was not enabled. When I go into Device Manager it says the drive is functioning, in the properties under volumes I click populate and nothing shows up (no partiotions), it also says I have 160 gigs unallocated, I know there is atleast 50 Gigs of stuff on it, do you think my partitions are messed up and if so how can I fix this without loosing data, I am running XP pro, and I have several utilities including Partition Magic if this will help, thanks

Answer:Lost my Harddrive, bad partitions?


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heres the deal
i have a 250gb harddrive thats had alotta stuff taken off and put on it, i want to reformat it.
i have some things id like to save, so i have an old 40gb harddrive sitting around. unfourtunately it has stuff on it and i would like to wipe it clean so i can put it in the computer and have it set to a slave drive so i can just copy and paste all of the data from one harddrive to the other. then i can wipe the 250gb harddrive, reinstall windows, plug in the 40gb, and transfer the data back.

with all that said, how exactly do i do that? i tried putting the 40gb in but either my computer wont boot (no message, the screen never changes from all black) or it boots from the 40gb harddrive and doesnt recognize the 250gb.

Answer:harddrive reformatting/backup data

Welcome to TSG!
It's possible that the 250 gig HDD has been jumpered to standalone which is not (edit: not always) the same as Master. You need to set both drives' jumpers. The 40 GB to slave, and 250 GB to Master.

If the 250 GB HDD is SATA, then it should be recognized no matter what IDE drives are present... In this case I would go into BIOS and check if they are recognized OK, and then check boot order. Besides boot order of different device types (floppy, CD, HDD, etc.) in some BIOS-es there's an option for setting boot priority of HDDs present in the system.

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Hey everyone, I'm ner here. This looks like a great place for information. Looks like I'll be stickin around. Anyway, my buddy is in some major trouble. He has a big project due tomorrow and it's all saved at school. He had it at home but his ssiter reinstalled windows xp, and his file is lost.

Is there a way to retrieve his file?

Thank you very much,


Answer:Retrieve data off harddrive after reinstall of win xp??

Highly unlikely if she installed from scratch.
If she re-installed over the existing XP, the file should still be there.
Best bet is to get the copy back from school and continue with that.
Then burn it on a CD.

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i want to recover data from the following harddrive (of a dead laptop).
FUJITSU 30GB IDE ATA PATA 2.5" LAPTOP HARD DRIVE HDD on eBay, also Hard Drives, Drives HDD CD DVD, Laptop Accessories, Computing (end time 21-Jan-09 18:46:06 GMT)

I also have this new laptop
Product Specifications*

with this SATA drive
WD Scorpio Blue 250 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD2500BEVS )

I also have a freecom external drive which is also sata.
Freecom Mobile Hard Drive Classic 250GB: Electronics & Photo

And i have a fujitsu siemens desktop pc - pentium 4, 512mb, 74gb

So, what product (ide2sata, ide2usb, enclosures, etc) can i use to recover the data?

thx 4 ur help.

Answer:Data recovery from harddrive - urgent

Well if you have a desktop which you can plug the dead 30GB in to, then read it from there, you could just copy the files from it. I don't know how difficult that would be to do with only a laptop.

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I have a Maxtor 60g drive that appears to have failed, not physically though. I am using a W95 machine for testing (could be my first mistake) with EZ drive installed in the bios which should allow it to see drives larger than 2 gig. I first used a W98 FDISK bootdisk and FDISK/mbr command to fix the boot record that I believe was corrupted and then ran the EZ Drive boot disk utility to test the drive. It says all is okay! Now when I install the drive as a slave drive my bios sees only 8gigs instead of the full amount. I tried to manually input the drive data into the bios but the figures don't generate the correct size of the drive. Could this be because of the W95 system? Also, assuming that the data on the drive is still intact, what utility could I purchase to retrieve it without the convience of a boot record for reference? :bounce:

Answer:How do I retrieve data from crashed harddrive?

I would add a pci ide card and retrieve the data that way, unless I could slave the drive in another sys and burn a cd or dvd.

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A little while ago my old computer finally died, my cat spilled water onto the pc and it managed to get into the motherboard and it stopped working afterwards. Anyway, I removed harddrive which had windows 7 running on it. as it was the only thing worth saving from all the hardware. I inserted it into a rig I was given by my brother that's running windows 10. After I installled the harddrive into the pc I decided i'd just use the harddrive with windows 10 as my primary harddrive, after attempting to access the files on the old harddrive I came into a problem, after I gave myself permission to access the drive I noticed the 'last date modifed' was from 6 15 2015, which was the last time I reinstalled windows 7. After looking through every windows old, program files ect I realized I couldn't find any of my saved files from the latest installation of windows 7.After looking at the amount of space left I realized it was exacty the same as when it was on my old computer. So I used a file recovery software on the harddrive in hopes of finding my most recent pictures and videos. Instead I found files that I had deleted that were from old harddrives previous installation of windows 7. So I booted up the older harddrive as the primary drive and loaded into windows 7 with the same wall paper desk top icons ect that were on the previous installation that I made in 2015. So, is there anyway to recover the files that apparently have disapppeared?

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I've got a 250 gig WD scorpio drive that was damaged during a botched backup with Norton Ghost. The controller is reporting a meager 54.49 gigs of available space on the unallocated disk. I assume this is due to LBA definitions (excuse me if I use the wrong vernacular, I'm just learning about this now) that have been changed to match that of the drive that was being backed up. I know the Linux fdisk command can perform the necessary operations, but I'd prefer to stay in a Windows environment. Does anyone know of a command or a program that can perform the necessary changes?


Answer:Editing harddrive CHS data in Windows 7

Instead of fiddling with it, I'd use the WD diagnostic tools.

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My old laptop suffered a fall and unfortuantly will not work. I have been told that there is no problem with the hard drive just something else and it is terminal, my insurance company has provided me with a new laptop. The problem is it contains all my old files, pictures, music etc.How can I get the files off my old hard drive and put it onto my new laptop. Do I need to take either of the laptops apart?PLEASE HELP!!!!!

Answer:Data Transfer between old and new Laptop harddrive

If your old laptop is totally dead, you will need to get at the old HDD to rescue data. Unless you know what you are doing it might be best left to a professional.

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I have a Dell 1525 Inspiron Laptop and  one morning it just wouldn't start up to Windows at all.  The tech couldn't do it no matter what, no restore, nothing so he said he'd have to wipe everything clean.  But, I can't lose some important text files.   I bought an external harddrive but since I can't get  into Windows I can't load the installation CD or really do anything.  How can I get my laptop info into an external harddrive without getting into windows?  Is there any other way to reload without losing files?Thanks

Answer:Need to Save Data to an External Harddrive

Yes. And the Tech should have told you. The method is to gently remove the HDD from the sick computer and place it into a good computer, as an extra drive. You save the relevant data into a folder on the main drive of the host computer. Later you can move that data back once the sick computer is well again. Programs have to be installed again. The data only needs to be copied.Hard Drive Recovery Tutorial - How To Slave Laptop DiskThe link above shows doing it with an eternal USB device, so you would not even have to get inside the Desktop Chassis.

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I have earlier successfully used a SATA\IDE adapter with a 12v=2A/5 V=2A power source (don't know what the two values actually mean here) for saving some data from a harddrive in a broken PC. Can I use the same adapter for saving data from a laptop harddrive? The adapters seem to fit with the extensions I have, but the specs on the harddrive says 5V 700mA. Or will the output of the power source be "too strong" here?

Answer:Saving data from laptop harddrive

that should be OK -
you have an adapter - 5V 2A - so the max current is 2amps
and you only need to provide 700mA or 0.7amps

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As I'd like to free up space, how does one transfer data (still or moving pictures) from hard drive to CD rewriter; answers in some detail please, as I am a computer novice.

Answer:transfer data from harddrive to CDrewriter?

Do you have any burning software? Nero etc? If not, get a program like DeepBurner from click here Free of charge.DeepBurner is an advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package. It removes the hassle of making CDs, DVDs, and autoruns. It even makes it easy for you to create and print your own labels and booklets. DeepBurner supports a very wide range of internal and external (USB 2.0 and FireWire) CD and DVD writers. Burn any data, copy any disc, make backups, create astonishing photo CD albums, make ISO CDs and Video DVDs with this very easy to handle software!It comes with a comprehensive guide.

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My Dell Inspirion 1000 went dead. The power supply jack gave way.. so am unable to charge the battery or run the computer though the power supply...So in effect the laptop is dead..

Is there a way I can access data from my harddrive by using my USB drive / other ports?
Is there a way I can charge the battery through the USB ports?

I do have my old laptop IBM A20 (in case you would like to suggest some hook ups) I need the data off my old computer to complete my assignments and cannot wait for a replacement battery to arrive...

Any suggestions appreciated..


Answer:Lap top dies but need to access data from harddrive

Here ya go...


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My 14 month old two thousand dollar Gateway laptop just went belly up - I think it's a power problem and that the harddrive is ok, at least I'm praying for that. (I can't believe that I was so stupid about backing up - I nag everyone I know to do it regularly, and then I don't. ) I'll send the machine in for repair but I urgently need some docs from it - is there a way to patch the laptops drive into my desktop? A friend suggests USB to USB and says it'll show up as another drive letter in My Computer. I wonder about a cable ribbon and call it a slave? Am I dreaming?

Answer:how to save data onlaptop harddrive

You can buy an adapter to slave it to pc hdd or you can buy a usb enclosure for it for a few dollars.

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Hey all ... I need to recover data from a crashed HD. What can I try to get it off. I noticed that it wasn't mounting if I would leave windows and log back in later. I was [planning on moving the data but of course now XP doesn't see it at all ... ran a CHKDSK on it during boot up and then it showed. But when I went to access the data it wouldn't let me. Rebooted and now it doesn't show up.

Suggestons and guidance needed!

Answer:Recover Data From Crashed HardDrive

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Hi guys,
well heres the story: My sister brought me a computer to fix for her friend who owns a restaurant. So all i did was an easy fix formatted the hard drive and installed windows. Well i brought it back to the owner and she is very sad that i have deleted all the files on the computer. If i knew she wanted to recover the data i would have installed the hard drive into my computer and backed it up for her but i didn't know.
Heres the problem: She had a lot of records stored on the computer she needs and I was wondering if there was a way to restore some of her data that i formatted? I am willing to buy the software because i am getting more ppl who ask me to fix their computer. I know that since i installed windows on it, that it is impossible to recover all the formatted data but I think if i just get some she will be happy. I thank you for any help. Thank you.

Answer:Recover Data from Formatted HardDrive?

Runtime software's get data back seems to work the best for me,

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My toshiba laptop seems to have died. Turned it on last night and video was black. When i went to internet via quick connect button I could see a faint image of home page.
Is there some way I can get the data off this hard drive to install on new laptop or desktop machine? Usb to another computer of removal of hard drive? I cannot click on any thing on laptop as it is for all purposes invisible.

Answer:getting data off harddrive laptop W/no video

First i would try connecting a monitor and see if its the screen or main video bad, [2] With an adapter you can hook up that hard drive to a desktop and recover your data. ed

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Hello, i've just formatted my Harddrive and backed up all my important data onto my slave harddrive... i reinstalled windows on my master harddrive now everything on my slave is gone!! it says "harddrive not formatted would you like to format it now" what can i do to get my stuff back??? pleaaaaaaaaaase help me

Answer:Important Data on non-Formated Harddrive

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Hope this is in the right forum - apologies if not.

A friend of mine had a problem with their computer - the harddrive couldn't be found by the bios. I think it was a fault on the motherboard, but he decided to get a new computer even if it wasn't.

I tested his harddrive as a slave on my computer and it worked fine. On my computer it shws as G: with 41GB used. I tried copying the contents of the drive over to my computer so i could delete the files not required, but it only copied 27GB. I'm guessing that's system files that can't be copied etc.

Is there a way of getting all the documents and files from G: that the user would have put on - so that the OS system files are ignored as well as any program files, but documents he created can be transferred along with files he downloaded? I have tried to look for a way of doing this but i don't think that searching under 'created by' will be good enough. For example, if he has downloaded mp3 files, these may get missed.

I'm hoping this is quite a common exercise by those more IT than me and an easy explanation is available.

Waiting with everything crossed.

Answer:Extract user data from harddrive

If the drive was healthy you would be able to transfer both user-data & system files from the drive, since the operating system is not currently running from that drive so no files on it are being used by your system. The only other requirement is one concerning access to the user account data folders - to overcome "access denied" you have to change the access permissions for them.

The hard drive can't truly be declared as "working fine" until you've tested it with diagnostic software such as Seagate SeaTools for Windows: (click "Downloads").

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A friend at work wants me to try to recover some data from a laptop with a broken screen and windows isn't booting.
What i want to know is whats the easiest way to do this.
i think i read some were that you can use a linux cd to recover stuff from a pc i do have a 1 therabite external drive will that be good to use if so what linux OS should i use?
I don't know the model of the laptop ill be picking it up tomorrow and post the specs of it.

thank you for your time.

Answer:Data recovery from laptop harddrive.

Take the hard drive out of the laptop. Get an external enclosure that accepts 2.5". Put it into your system and transfer away.

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Hi, Can anyone recommend the best data recovery company. I had dropped my external hard drive and opened it to recover, but failed. It is serious, difficult job. There are so many data recovery company in UK, but i do not know which one can do such difficult job.
Many thanks

Answer:data recover from broken harddrive

If you have opened it game over!
and spam springs to mind.

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hi friends i have accidently formatted my d drive where there were my collection of software and pictures , so can they be rrecovered ? if yes which is the best application or software in free and paid...please suggest

Answer:which is the best data recovery software for harddrive

Try this
[email protected] File Recovery. Product Features: NTFS, exFAT,FAT32,HFS+,Ext2fs/Ext3fs
I used it once on a formatted drive and recovered 90%+ of the files on it.

There is a trial and this is what they say about it

Quick Recovery Steps

Download and install [email protected] File Recovery on your computer.
(Avoid installing it to the disk where your lost files are located)Scan the diskSearch for deleted filesFree version allows recovery of up to a 64kb filesVerify the file integrity using file PreviewWhen your data is found, the free version can be easily activated to allow recovery of any size file without re-installing the software and re-scanning the disks

Its on sale at the moment.

Good luck.

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Hello all! I'll start out by saying I love: Vista, ME, and having rusty nails thrust into my eyeballs.

Here's my deal, one of my sons was playing with the PC and it started booting to "recovery" screen on reboot. The OS wont load up, and it canot start in safemode. If I try to go through the 'recovery mode' steps its an endless reboot cycle ending back up at the 'recovery mode' screen. SO, I decided to end the pain. I removed the laptop HD, put it into an enclosure and connected it to my PC via USB cable. When I browse to the drive a limited set of folders is displayed, thus, I cannot see the files I want to back up.

I'm thinking there are some user controlls or permissions on the folders that wont let me from another computer browse them.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Recovering Data From Vista HardDrive

Maybe try taking ownership:

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Hello. Still trying to get used to Vista after have xp for some time. I am stumped on saving a data file that I copied to a cd from my old cp. How do I save it to my hard drive.


Answer:? on saving cd data to harddrive thru vista

View the file on the CD in the documents viewer (explorer) and right click it and select Copy.

Then navigate to the folder where you want to put it and right click and paste ...

Its no different to any other Windows version in that respect?

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I have reformatted the hard drive, installed the necessary programs, but cannot eliminate the data.In fact,  I CANNOT FIND IT."My computer" shows the hard drive ()x200) as having 22.6 gb available out of 320 gb. But whan i open up folders to find what is there, nothing appears except "Folder is Empty".Of course, the computer is slow as molasses and I need to clean it out.I have backed up the datea to aSATA drive so I no longer need it.Anyonw have any ideas? ThankisRAM

Answer:Cannot find data to erase from harddrive

Let me guess, you use window to format the driver? You may want to take a look at clicking on the window icon, right click on computer>-manage->Disk management and see if there are any partitions that are unformatted. Alternatively, you may want to download a free and great tools called partition wizard. zap the whole harddisk and see if the empty spaces comes back.

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The external hard drive that I have now is starting to malfunction. Is it possible to move the data on it to another external hard drive and do you need a computer to do it? The older hard drive has a capacity of 120 gb.

Answer:Moving Data from one external Harddrive to Another

Since it is external, yes you need to connect it to a computer [which in any case would be the easiest method]
If they were both internal drives, you could use a disk duplicator like this;

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I get confused about how partions are expected to work in the event of no partitions If was too lose my drive (damaged, defective) how do I make a full recovery to factory default?Can I create a OneKey recovery against a SSD replacement?Knowledge would be appreciated. 

Answer:Full Recovery from Lost Harddrive


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Hi all,

First system specs:

Acer Aspire 2000 laptop
XP home
CPU: 1.4 Centrino
Hard drive: 40 GB partitioned into 14GB C: drive and 26GB D: drive
Antivirus: AntiVir

Problem: Had this brainwave last Friday night that I'd go and reformat my computer and take everything back to First Base! All went well (apart from the normal confusion that goes along with wanting to spend a Friday evening downloading a million updates)

Anyway when I've gone to properties after selecting all the files in C drive this amounts to 7.33GB where as when I just right click properties in C drive it tells me that I've used: 8.19GB. Now that's 860Mb that Windows is not letting me access as far as I know.

Could somebody please confirm if this is so? And if there are any ways for me to access this 860Mb? It doesn't sound like a lot but when you've only got 40 Gb to play with it means you lose nearly a Gb!



Answer:I've Lost Harddrive Memory after reformatting! Help!!

If you un-hide the system files in your C: Drive then click properties again and check the reorted size it should now be very close to your 8.19GB

to un-hide all files, in C: drive click Tools > Folder Options > View > and choose "Show Hidden Files and Folders" and also un tick "Hide Protected Operating System Files" > Apply

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I have lost a folder on my Western Digital Elements external harddrive, is there any way to recover this?

Answer:Lost folder on external harddrive

lost it how? deleted or disapered?

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So basicly my external hardrive has been fine.. ive had it for a while and never had problems with it. Havent done anything differently like unplug it or anything. its basicly just on all the time and always connected.

Basicly in one of my folders where i usually put a bunch of different files.. pictures , documents and basicly just everything that would be just hanging around my computer goes in there .. i only seem to have like 30 items in it now.. and it use to have hundreds of files and stuff.

I did not delete them.. where did they go? can they be recovered? or are they gone ?

help would be much appreciated

Answer:External Harddrive Lost Files :(

Something in your file system may have been corrupted. Try scanning with Minitools Power Data Recovery (free for home use) and see if it can recover the files. Just make sure you do not save them back to the external drive or you will never recover them.

How to recover data from damaged partition?

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I got a trojan that attached to my browser. I managed to get rid of it by system restore. A few days later I noticed I only had 127 GB of my 300GB harddrive showing.
I did manage to find the missing space though Disk Management. It was showing 170GB as unallocated space. I named it E: and formatted it.

It now shows in My Computer as New Volume E:
When I open E:I get 2 folders, Recycler and System volume Information. SVI will not open. It gives me an error, E\System Volume Information is not accessable, access is denied.

I am trying to find a way to either resize E: to 1GB or smaller and move that 169 GB back to C: or get rid of E: altogether and put all the missing space back on C:

Can someone please help me?

Answer:Solved: Lost half my harddrive

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Hello folks,
My windows 7 (home premium 32bit) doesnt start anymore, my system recovery data is on external hard drive. Any idea how to access this backup?

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My toshiba harddrive died after a few months of receiving it. I got it for Christmas last year. The original harddrive died in June and was replaced with a new one within two weeks. In September the new harddrive crashed and died. I took it to a local shop to get the data, but they were unable to get the data.

I really need this data back. It has a lot of important files. What can I do to get the data?

Answer:My Toshbia Harddrive died. How can I get the data back?

That's really bad luck!
Assuming the drive is still in the computer and will spin up you could try booting to a live linux CD. A good free one would be puppy linux.
Get a friend to download it and burn to a CD. Boot your laptop from the CD and see if you can browse to the "dead" HDD and pull files off to an external USB HDD.
There are businesses that recover data but I think it is an expensive service.

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We have an old sony viao computer running Windows XP (Home ed). It runs safemode's bootstrap for a moment before It gives me a BSOD of UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME, with STOP: 0x000000ED(0x873493A0, 0x000009C, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). The disk also makes a lot of clicking noises whenever it moves, so I'm pretty sure it's failing.

Is there any tools to transfer data from the damaged, unbootable harddrive to an external harddrive?

Answer:Harddrive failing, unbootable. want to transfer data

deletesystem32 what you could do is connect this drive as a secondary drive to a desktop and see if it will be detected, from Windows or a live bootable disc. You can also try to connect the drive to a IDE/SATA to USB 2.0 Cable Adapter you can purchase from tigerdirect or newegg, to see if it be detected so you can try and grab the data off. A lot of the times when a drive is inaccessible there isn't a whole lot that you personally won't be able to do with it.
A mechanical failure means that your drive has broken parts that are preventing it from working?busted drives often make a telltale clicking sound as they futilely attempt to access their files. If you hear that, your data may still be there, but you're not getting it back without calling in the experts

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Hi all, I have a dead lenovo y560 with all my data due to graphics module failure. I tried accessing the data using an external esata enclosure, but  cannot  access the drives where I stored my data: maybe due to the rapid drive thing.  Need help on the following: 1. Is there a way to know if the hard disk is corrupted? If  not, how to retrieve the data? 2. How much is the mainboard? I cannot find my receipt so I can't register the base warranty   3. Where do you get the fru part number of the mainboard for ordering? ....Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:re: Access harddrive data???? How to check if it is corrupted?

I am almost certain its the RapidDrive technology in your way... I had an issue where my OS wasn't booting after installing too many updates and drivers at once. I couldn't get into the OS to split the partitions to reinstall. I tried with the Windows 7 disk, but I couldn't access the partitions, they were still joined. When I tried to reinstall on the joined partition, It gave me an error that it couldn't create a system partition. So I tried my XP disk and voila! It was able to see both my SSD and HD, split. So I was able to format the SSD and reinstall with the windows 7 disk. So if I were you, I would try to access the drive from a computer running XP. Maybe something in XP cripples the RapidDrive technology. Or it could be because the driver is made for Win7, so it doesn't load.  

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I need to recover some data from an Hitachi Travelstar laptop harddrive that crashed. It's a model HTS548040M9AT00, with P/N #08K0856. I bought an R-Driver brand "USB 2.0 to IDE Cable" adapter to do this (see attachement). I removed the drive from the laptop and connected the adapter to it and the electrical power. I can hear the disk spinning. However, the computer doesn't indicate it has recognized the harddrive; i.e nothing happens. When I go to the file manager (Windows XP), it doesn't show it's connected. Any ideas on how to get this going? Thanks in advance for any help.

Answer:Hitachi Laptop Harddrive Data Recovery

at first get in the bios of the pc and see if the hard disk is recognized. if is ok, then see if is recognized by windows. if not, check if windows show the drive in the device manager. r-click (on my computer) ->properties -> hardware-> device manager. (under disk drives). if this is ok, the problem is that the drive doesn't have a partition. this is the reason why you don't see it in my computer. if is not recognised even in bios or device manager, then you have a serious problem with the drive... electronic problem, or something burned...
reply again for any news.. good work!

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