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Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Question: Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Hello,
I have a Dell Inspiron 15 N5050.
This unit was having high lag and memory utilization of 100% shown in task manager and resource monitor. Ran Dell Extended Troubleshooting. Results = Hard Drive error. Replace hard drive.
What are the Hard Drive specs for this unit.
This unit runs Win 7. How do I reinstall on new hard drive?
Thank you in advance for your help!

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Preferred Solution: Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive Crashed. Drive type and OS Reinstall help

Any 2.5" SATA notebook drive will work that's 9.5 mm or slimmer.
Ideally you prepared a set of recovery media when you received the system -- if you did not, you will need to contact Dell to purchase that now.

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hi.... i wanna replace hard drive for n5050 as diagnostics showed that he drive failed.... suggest me compatible drive...should i go for ssd or stick with regular hdd.... please suggest me one...thanks in advance!!!!

Answer:Hard drive replacement for dell inspiron n5050

Any 2.5" SATA drive - solid state, hybrid or SSD -- 9.5 mm or slimmer will work.

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I recently turned on my Dell Inspirion N5050 with Windows 7 Home Premium and received a several  codes on a black screen:
"PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot media and press key."
Pressing any key just causes a loop where the same screen appears.

Any ideas what is wrong and how to fix it?
Thanks,
Rob

Answer:Dell Inspiron N5050 Hard Drive not Recognized

Hi Rob,
I would suggest that you run the diagnostics on the computer by following the steps mentioned in the video below and check if there is any issue with the hardware on your system.

http://dell.to/164l6g4
Please let me know the findings.

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I have a computer with Windows 7 in it and would like to keep it. The hard drive failed. I need a step by step instruction on what I need to do to reload it. There is no disk with the computer as it came preloaded from Dell. I have contacted them and for a few hundred dollars they told me they can help. Suggestions?

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The hard drive on my Toshiba Satellite crashed. I made the backup discs when the computer was new, but evidently made them through the Toshiba backup rather than Windows backup. Now my recovery discs want to access the hard drive partition to reinstall Windows 7 which it cannot do.

How can I install the Windows 7 OS onto my new hard drive? I have the product code on the back of my computer, but how can I get Windows 7 to install without having to purchase it again? Thanks for any suggestions.

Answer:W7 Reinstall when hard drive crashed

Download an ISO from mydigitallife,info. Burn that ISO to a disk. Reinstall from the disk. Activate with your existing product key.

It's all legal and above board. You will NOT have any software that may have been included with the Toshiba and you may be better off for it.

Get it here; get the same version you now have:

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

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If my hard drive crashed (only has 1 HD), would replacing it also require purchasing Windows again or is there a way to get Windows from the crashed hard drive? Would it be smarter to buy a new laptop? It's a Toshiba.
 

Answer:Hard drive crashed, help with reinstall

Most Toshiba laptops come with a reinstallation/recovery cd.
 

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I apologize in advance if this topic is not in the right forum. I am having serious issues with my Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP 32bit Media Center Edition. I bought a Seagate 500gb/7200rpm hard drive about 6 months ago and got a message this morning saying "read failure on internal hard drive". I am pretty sure it died as I've slaved the hard drive to another computer and it's not being recognized but the motor is still going. On to my main question here.... How do I know that it's not the motherboard that has gone out? I've been having problems here lately with my quickset drivers as well as my video card drivers but I thought that problem had been resolved. I've also been infected with countless virus's and trojans as of late even though I have anti-virus programs/malware programs. I had the "google redirect" for the past month and was finally able to get it off just Saturday. My motherboard crashed about 2 years ago and was replaced under warranty. I've read that the motherboards in this particular model are crap.

I am worried about my motherboard as I put another hard drive in the computer and I just kept getting BDOSs but it was too fast for me to see an error code. This hard drive is configured for Vista 32bit and is for a different model Dell and different motherboard so I am not sure if that would make it not work.

My second question would be if I had to replace my motherboard would I have to go back with OEM ... Read more

Answer:Dell Inspiron 1520 hard drive crashed... did motherboard crash also?

There's no reason to think it's the board.
Did you make a warranty claim on the drive?
Did you install XP on the replacement drive, or just try to use it as is? A repair install may solve the problem, but a clean install would be better.
 

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My wife's laptop. She occasionally does something that causes her hard drive to slip out of its connector and I have to open the case and re-seat it. i have done this 4 times now. Is there a spacer made of rubber or an insulated material that will not cause a short or fire?

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Hi all,
 
I am attempting to install Win7 in an Inspiron 1545 with a new SATA hard drive that was purchased. When i insert the drive, I get "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found." I have verified the drive is not showing in the BIOS, I've already attempted to reseat the drive several times. In addition, I've attempted to load the chipset drivers, SATA drivers, etc from Dells website, the drive still does not show in the OS install when booting to DVD or in bios.
I dont believe it to be an issue with the new drive, as I plugged the new drive into another model Dell laptop and it recognizes the drive fine in BIOS, also I can still boot to the previous hard drive in this laptop without issue when i plug it back in.
Is there a specific driver, etc that I need to use for the drive to be recognized or other thoughts people have?

Answer:Inspiron 1545- replacing hard drive, new SATA drive not found "Internal Hard Disk Drive Not Found

This is strange - either the new hard drive has a rare compatibility issue with your onboard controller (I use a 500Gbyte in my 1545 without probs)) or it is a mechanical problem.I would take a close look at the physical dimensions and compare your original hdd with the new one.Watch the video (even though it's about a 1525 (similar to an 1545) and an SSD hdd) -  go to 2:20

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com
 

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Dell Inspiron 1545Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit -- Service Pack 1Processor: Pentium (R) Dual-core CPU T4200 @ 2.00 GHzInstalled memory: 4.00 GBHard Drive: Western digital black 500GB Ran a Debug on my dump file from September 18, but I don't know what any of it means. Yesterday, it blue screened again, but it was able to run a startup repair this time. I don't know if that has fixed the problem.  DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE (9f)A driver is causing an inconsistent power state.Arguments:Arg1: 00000003, A device object has been blocking an Irp for too long a timeArg2: 85dceb60, Physical Device Object of the stackArg3: 82936ae0, Functional Device Object of the stackArg4: 889cb158, The blocked IRP

Answer:Windows 7 crashed 4 months after my hard drive crashed

Download BlueScreenView:http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.htmlunzip downloaded file and double click on BlueScreenView.exe to run the program.when scanning is done, go to EDIT - Select AllGo to FILE - SAVE Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txtOpen BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all of the content, and paste it into your next reply

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I have a hard drive that showed no free space before taking it out of the desktop, this is a no name, custom built unit. I wanted to take data off of the hard drive to free up some space, but when I installed it into another unit, it's telling me "do you want to format" this hard drive. I cannot view the HD other than to see that it's full to capacity. Can I mount a full hard drive and make space without losing data. What if I partition the HD, I guess all the data will be lost? Have you used any third party software that really recovers data from a recently formatted HD? How do I know that my hard drive has crashed? What are the symptoms?
 

Answer:Full Hard Drive or Crashed Hard Drive

Sounds like the drive was moved to a PC using a different OS or the drive has become corrupted.

You can test the HDD using the drive manufacturers disk tools. Run the short and long test. If there are no errors, the drive is most likely fine.

I've had good luck with Partition Table Doctor on corrupt drives and Easeus Data Recovery for data recovery.
 

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A week ago, a strange clicking noise befalled us whenever we attempted to boot the system. The BIOS welcome screen would run for much longer than usual, and then a message "No internal hard drive found." would display. We thought it would be a hard drive error and replaced it.

Now, however, placing in a bootable OS installation CD does not work! Whenever we try, the computer acts like there is no CD (although sometimes the CD does begin to spin), and says there is no boot device available.

I have tried a Ubuntu CD, a Windows Vista CD, a Windows XP CD, and none of them work. It does not matter what CD you put in; it does not work.

So what is the problem? Is it fixable? Was it the hard drive that broke?

The system is a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop.
 

Answer:Solved: After upgrading hard drive for Inspiron 5150 laptop, CD drive does not work

Never mind, everyone! It turns out, after I took it out and put it back in, it worked again. Maybe a connection problem... who knows.
 

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Inspiron 14z-5423  Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?
error code 2000-0142
validation 73381

Also, video card for memory has error code of 2000-0332
validation 71027

Much appreciation for info to help me do this, confused and sad.

Answer:Inspiron 14z-4423 Hard Disk Drive not found: How to Reseat Drive?

Hi HEARTLOTUS,
The 0142 error is a HDD failure. This is a smart error and indicates that the HDD is failing or already failed error - see this article for reference - http://dell.to/1NAsADX
So, reseating the HDD will not positively help in this case. If you would like to reseat the HDD anyway and check - download the service manual here - http://dell.to/2d326ia
Also, the 0332 is a video card related error. So, the motherboard needs to be replaced.
Personally, I would suggest you to invest your money on a new machine than to repair this system. However, that is your discretion.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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My main notebook is a T60 type 1951. The backlight (or the inverter) is faulty (the screen has a red hue, and if I operate it at anything higher than the lowest brightness setting, the backlight just cuts out), and I need to send the machine back for repair (thankfully it's still under warranty). I have a spare machine, a T60 type 2007, and I am wondering if I can just plug the hard drive from the faulty machine into the spare one without any risk of screwing anything up, or of anything not working. I've looked on the net to see if I could figure out what the difference is between the two types, but I've not had any success. The only apparent difference between the two is that the faulty machine has a DVD multi-recorder (Mat**bleep**a DVD-RAM UJ-842 according to the device manager), and the spare one a DVD/CDRW (Mat**bleep**a DVD/CDRW UJDA755 according to the device manager). So: is it safe for me to simply remove the hard drive from the faulty machine before returning it for repair and simply swapping it for the drive currently in the spare machine? Many thanks in anticipation!





KoenT60 1951-FDG 14.1" DVDRW XP ProT60 2007-43G 14.1" DVCD/CDRW XP Pro









Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:Swapping hard drive from T60 type 1951 to T60 type 2007

The biggest difference between the two is the fact that 1951 has Intel integrated graphics, while 2007 has ATi dedicated GPU. You'll have to load the video drivers if you're intent on using this drive, but it shouldn't bluescreen on you. Apart from that-and possibly wireless if the cards are different-you should be OK. Hope this helps.

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?
 

Answer:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)
 

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I looking for an drive for an dell inspiron 1100 notebook. What type of drive does it
take? It appears that it has a black connector in the compter that will accept
some type of parallel connection? Do they make a standard type of drive
for notebooks that could be used in that computer?
I am thinking about searching for one on e-bay but I need to know
what to look for and good keywords in order to choose a proper drive.

Thank you
 

Answer:What type of drive does an dell inspiron 1100 Take?

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Question: Crashed Hard Drive

My backup hard drive Just stopped working, and I am wondering if there is a way recover the files?
 

Answer:Crashed Hard Drive

If the drive is dead, there is no way. That is just bad luck I guess haha. Backup drives are supposed to be a safety net. I would always have 3 copies. 1 copy on the main drive, and another copy on the backup drive. I think after this, you may want to move to cloud storage, or remember to copy to 2 locations.
 

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i was moving the installation file for americas army 2.0 off of a CD to my hd. well these things take a insanely long time. (650 mb) anyway i went and watched tv for a while. when i came back the system had rebooted for some reason and i have a message that says disk read error, press ctl alt delete to restart. which i did and got the same message. i got this 8gb hd back in 97 or 96 so it's not terribly old. i also have some important stuff on there like finances and the website for the reg keys of a bunch of stuff.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed?

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Hard drive crashed before I made a back-up of recent vac. photos.
I demo'd BinaryBiz VirtualLab 5.0 and was able to see the pic's but they want out-of-this-world fee's to dn-ld to them and send them back to me. Any recommendations on a standalone prog. that can do the same.


Thanks

Answer:Help!!! Hard Drive crashed

try get data back. but you might not be able to get it back it all depends.

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This past weekend my computer crashed and it gave me the "blue screen of death." It said something about the "ntfs.sys" file. Then when I rebooted my computer, it did not recognize my HD right, which is Maxtor 200 GB. During POST, the computer called my HD Mahtor or something like that, and it did not recognize that the HD is a slave. Then when I finally get to windows XP pro, the folder and file names in the drive were all some crazy symbols. When I restarted the computer the second time, windows would not recognized the drive anymore. It kept saying that the drive needed to be formatted. I should mention that my XP pro is very unstable and the computer had not recognized the drive correctly a few times before. However, the drive/folders/files were still accessible. Also the computer crashed when I tried to burn some files from that drive using NERO. Does anyone know how to fix this and recover my files? Do you think it was the windows or the drive it self that caused this? Should I use this drive ever again?
 

Answer:My hard drive crashed, HELP!

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Question: Hard drive crashed

my son has a dell 1750 inspiron hard drive has crashed error 0146, so i want to replace the drive, the excisting drive is a 320 gb, can i replace this with a 1tb
cheers Eddie

Answer:Hard drive crashed

As long as it's one of the same connection type ie SATA or IDE.

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Question: Hard drive crashed

Ok my hard drive on my laptop crashed its a toshiba satalite l305d-s5928 and i went and got a new one but i dont have any of my original start up disks or drivers is there any place i can download or buy the drivers ive been on toshibas website and called there tech suport and been on hold for about 5 hours and still havent been able to find out anything. any info on this would be greatly appreciated


ps: i suck at spelling and gramer so forgive the writeing

Answer:Hard drive crashed

What OS is installed on the laptop ? XP or Vista ? You're posting in the XP support section so I'll assume it's XP.

The drivers are here (set refine search by on "windows xp" if that's the OS that's installed on that laptop) :
http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/t...ily=1073768663

The display drivers for XP are here :
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownloa...v=10.2&ostype=

Do you need help reinstalling XP ? If you didn't create a recovery disk the easiest solution would be to get an XP CD from a friend and try to enter your product ID (on the sticker on the back of the laptop) when asked for it. If that doesn't work you'll have to ask Toshiba support.

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Hi,My X40 hard drive crashed. I bought a new one and plugged it in. The BIOS seems to recognize it. I started the machine with Bart PW from the USB drive, but Bart PE doesn't recognize the hard drive. Not sure if it's because the hard drive is not formated, or if it is no good. Does anyone know any other way to start the machine without the hard drive? So I can get Windows installed on it again?Thanks in advance for help!John

Answer:My x40 hard drive crashed

Welcome to the forum!Have you replaced the hard drive with the equivalent Hitachi one (1.8"/9.5mm/4200rpm) ?

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I have a dell demnsion 2350 30 gig hard drive and an 80 gig slave drive. 1.8 gzh processor 768 mb memory. This is my problem...when I started my computer today all i get is the boot screen with the choices to start it in safe mode regular windows mode etc... then the xp logo comes up then I get a black screen , tried to boot from disk but do not have that option and zip happens just a black screen. My son says my hard drive has crashed and I need a new one...any ideas any one>> thanks...becca

Answer:Hard drive crashed I think?

Even safemode gives you the blank screen?

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Hello, I have a major problem with my laptop and am hoping that someone can help me. Please bear with me because I know as much about laptops/computers as my grandmother and basically have no understanding of computer jargons.

This laptop is HP Pavilion ZX5000 and a few weeks ago, I could hear this really loud screeching noise coming from the bottom of the laptop, then it eventually crashed. It seemed like it was coming from my dvd/cd drive and I took it to a friend of mine who?s pretty knowledgeable with computers.

Anyway, it turns out, or he thinks, the hard drive crashed for some reason. He tried to run a diagnostic test through what?s called BIOS but to no avail and he says it?s not recognizing the hard drive.

So here is where it stands right now. Every time I turn it on, I can clearly hear some grinding noise from my hard drive. I have taken out the hard drive and while it seems like there may be a loose part, but it could be a little part that goes up and down (not sure what that?s called) and I wouldn?t even be able to know what?s wrong with it anyway.

And the screen that I get reads as follows:
For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PEX-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.

This screen repeats itself over and over.

As I said, my friend tried to go into BIOS and somehow got into a screen that reads HDD Self-Test but he said he can?t run it as it reads, Test Status: NO IDE... Read more

Answer:please help with my crashed hard drive

If the drive can't be picked up in the BIOS & the cables are seated correctly then the drive must be dead. Looks like a replacement drive will sort it out.
 

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Question: Hard Drive Crashed

I'm new and have a problem.
My hard drive crashed with win 10. I have downloaded the IOS from Microsoft and transferred it to a flash drive.
Computer starts the update but hangs at about 35 to 45% and says not enough files to complete installation.
Any ideas are appreciated.
Bill2947
 

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed

Oh sorry, I replaced the hard drive with a new one.
Bill2947
 

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Question: hard drive crashed

MY HARD DRIVE CRASHED AND I BOUGHT A NEW HAR DRIVE .... OLD HARD DRIVE SHOWS BOOTMGR ERROR AND I HAVE NO RECOVERY DISK OR IDEAL ON HOW TO GET GOING TO MAKE IMAGE COPY TO NEW HARD DRIVE FOR THIS SYSTEM . CAN YOU HELP ME ON GETTING RECOVERYDISK FOR THIS PC OR HELP ME SOME WAY ,,, THIS SYSTEM RECOVERY DISK ARE ON THE HARD DRIVE ....

Answer:hard drive crashed

@pthiry72, welcome to the forum. Here is a guide that should help you order the Recovery disks for the computer if HP has them available.  If not, try this company here. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I was going along happily computing when my computer freezes. I can't get it unlocked either. I was playing a song I downloaded and it stopped towards the end. I don't known if I picked up a virus but I can't boot up. Seems there is no boot sector now! I can't even go into safe mode. This has never happened so I don't know what to do. Is there a way I can access window's without reinstalling 2000?
 

Answer:HELP! Hard drive crashed!

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Question: Hard drive crashed

The family laptop, a Dell,has crashed showing an error which when researched says it is a hard drive failure. I had borrowed leads to connect the hard drives to a different laptop but the connections are wrong so now I am stuck. As there are files, photos ect I need off it, I am wondering will using a Linux Live CD or similar work to access it the files.
Thanks

Answer:Hard drive crashed

Yes, you should be able to use Puppy Linux to access your data. There is a good tutorial here.

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Hello,
My friend's laptop is very screwed up, and i luckily saved the files before the hard drive stopped responding. When i put the system restore cd in and after the process starts, it says

**************************************************
Error encountered while creating Save to Disk partition.
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X:\Tools\S2d>

Time to get a new hard drive?
Thanks!
Danny

Answer:Does this mean Hard drive crashed?

I'd say good chance it needs to be replaced. I would double check the connection, to make sure it's not loose or no pins are bent.

If you're reformatting anyway, did you also delete/re-create the partition?

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I want to first start off saying I have little to no experience dealing with hard drives and how they function. I have a Sony VAIO laptop that I purchased almost a year ago. My one year old daughter pulled my laptop off of the table onto the floor and now it was telling me that it cannot read disk press ctrl+alt+delete to restart over and over. I did troubleshooting with Sony but because the computer wouldnt get to their recovery screen they said my data was lost. I'm in desperate need of my data as all the financial info for my company is on it (via QB, not backed up!!).

I took the hard drive out of the computer and got a 2.5 SATA External case and hooked it up to a working computer and started downloading every data recovery software that was free to try to retrieve data. Only one worked and it got....none of the files I need! What it managed to get I dont even understand! So after that I hooked it up to my dell laptop in an attempt to use KNOPPIX. I managed to make the KNOPPIX disk and get to the I guess KNOPPIX screen but I didnt have a clue what to do next. The working laptops hard drive showed up, the external hard drive I was going to use to transfer any recovered data to showed up, but the crashed hard drive didnt. Hooking the crashed hard drive in to the working laptop did however pull up a screen saying that my disks needed to be checked for errors. It scanned the crashed hard drive twice and started deleting and fixing stuff but the compter still didnt rec... Read more

Answer:Crashed Hard Drive?

More than likely yes you are. You've already done what most will suggest. The disk check was performed, that's why its reading no errors once you ran the sony disk check option.
 

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Question: Hard-Drive Crashed

Is there a way for me to retrieve information from a hadr-drive that no longer works?

My Main 40 GIG hard-drive to the computer just died and I want to retrieve all my video datas. Can someone tell me how to "data salvage" without having to spend too much money?
 

Answer:Hard-Drive Crashed

Crashed meaning? if your platters are not spinning or if the arms that float between the platters are scratching the surface you may find that no software will retrieve it. If your saying it crashed but is not bootable but still spins and reads correctly then you may want to load the OS onto another HDD, slave the dead HDD, and try something like the Ontrack EasyRecovery or other software that does data recoery.
 

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What a bad day! I have a brand new Maxtor 80GB HD (purchased 2 weeks ago) and today I get a blue screen message from Windows XP during boot up that there is something wrong with F: drive and it is going to verify. Comes back with a message saying..... 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 & 24 cannot be read (cant remember whether it referred to sectors...dont know the exact terminology) and then proceeds with start-up.

When I go to my computer and select F: drive it hesitates and then states the 'drive in F: is not formated, Do I want to format now? Of course I say no.

Is there anything I can do? There is some really important information in that drive.

Thanks for any assistance.

Answer:Think my hard drive just crashed

scan disk maybe it can allocate the bad sectors so its still useable so you can get your data off then get it warrantied.Also MaxBlast3 may help determine the problem.

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Question: Hard drive crashed

Hard drive died, unrecoverable. Replaced it with new one. Have a thumb drive with recovery but it won't read it. Went into bios and selected flash drive. Keeps cycling setup. 

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Question: Hard drive crashed

Hello there,

I've been having a problem since yesterday with my desktop computer, I don't really know if this is the right section, because a few things happened to my computer in quick succession. I'll write everything down what happened and hope for some good advice.

There we go: Yesterday I was cleaning up my PC by uninstalling unused programs, by using the Add/Remove programs in the control panel. As far as I know, I only removed unimportant stuff, nothing windows relating whatsoever. After having removed a bunch, I restarted my computer to finish things up. (Ah yes, I'm running Windows XP pro, forgot to mention that)

Here is where the first error occurred, instead of getting the log-in screen, I got an error message saying:
lsass.exe - Unable to locate Component
This application failed to start because wldap32.dll was not found. re-installing the application may fix this problem.


I tried restarting a few times with no success. So I tried something else, I booted from a disk with some version of linux no it, and went into my windows folder on my hard disk. i took a look at the folder where wldap32.dll should've been in, and noticed that it wasn't there.
I tried copying the wldap32.dll from c:\windows\system32dllcache into c:\windows\system32 And restarted the computer.
Same thing happened, the lsass.exe error showed up again, with a reference to the same file, I went back onto my linux boot disk and saw that wldap32 was no longer in ... Read more

Answer:Hard drive crashed

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I want to first start off saying I have little to no experience dealing with hard drives and how they function. I have a Sony VAIO laptop that I purchased almost a year ago. My one year old daughter pulled my laptop off of the table onto the floor and now it was telling me that it cannot read disk press ctrl+alt+delete to restart over and over. I did troubleshooting with Sony but because the computer wouldnt get to their recovery screen they said my data was lost. I'm in desperate need of my data as all the financial info for my company is on it (via QB, not backed up!!).

I took the hard drive out of the computer and got a 2.5 SATA External case and hooked it up to a working computer and started downloading every data recovery software that was free to try to retrieve data. Only one worked and it got....none of the files I need! What it managed to get I dont even understand! So after that I hooked it up to my dell laptop in an attempt to use Knoppix. I managed to make the Knoppix disk and get to the I guess Knoppix screen but I didnt have a clue what to do next. The working laptops hard drive showed up, the external hard drive I was going to use to transfer any recovered data to showed up, but the crashed hard drive didnt. Hooking the crashed hard drive in to the working laptop did however pull up a screen saying that my disks needed to be checked for errors. It scanned the crashed hard drive twice and started deleting and fixing stuff but the compter still didnt rec... Read more

Answer:Crashed Hard Drive?

I would say yes your data is gone. It would have been better to replace the laptop drive, saving the old one and try to format and install an OS fresh on a new drive. If the laptop acted normal, you could have used the external enclosure to see if the original drive was still good. I'm afraid that the shock of the laptop hitting the floor might have damaged the hard drive beyond repair
 

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Is there any way to retrive my programs from a crashed hard drive? It will boot, loads XP very slowly, and then crashes. I do have access to another computer for a short time, so any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

Answer:hard drive crashed

First off, stop trying to boot with the drive. Take it out of your computer and hook it up as a slave and try to get all your data off of it as quickly as you can. Unstopable copier might help you. It near the bottom of the page in this link: http://majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html

You might find some of the other programs usefull. Time is not your friend when using a bad hard drive. You may have mins, hours, days, or no time to access the drive. :cry

Good Luck!

E
 

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Son's hard drive crashed and of course he did not have it backed up. The BIOS does not recognize it and all it will do is "click" when i tried it on another PC. I see some software out there that surposed to recover data. Anyone tried them? Thought I had taught him better! Other than the trash, any suggestions?

Nepsa
 

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed

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I have a Seagate Barracuda SATA 160gb hd in a Dell Vostro that had been working fine. When it boots up I am getting a BSOD; Unmountable Boot Volume.

I have used the XP cd and tried FIXBOOT and CHKDSK /R. Neither worked. Chkdsk got about 25% of the way complete and gave me a message that the drive was unrecoverable ( or something like that).

I have since installed a new drive with XP and tried to connect the broken one as a slave. When I used windows explorer to try to read it, I get the message "drive not formatted".

What next?

Thanks.
 

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Hello, I have a major problem with my laptop and am hoping that someone can help me. Please bear with me because I know as much about laptops/computers as my grandmother and basically have no understanding of computer jargons.

This laptop is HP Pavilion ZX5000 and a few weeks ago, I could hear this really loud screeching noise coming from the bottom of the laptop, then it eventually crashed. It seemed like it was coming from my dvd/cd drive and I took it to a friend of mine who?s pretty knowledgeable with computers.

Anyway, it turns out, or he thinks, the hard drive crashed for some reason. He tried to run a diagnostic test through what?s called BIOS but to no avail and he says it?s not recognizing the hard drive.

So here is where it stands right now. Every time I turn it on, I can clearly hear some grinding noise from my hard drive. I have taken out the hard drive and while it seems like there may be a loose part, but it could be a little part that goes up and down (not sure what that?s called) and I wouldn?t even be able to know what?s wrong with it anyway.

And the screen that I get reads as follows:
For Realtek RTL8139(X)/8130/810X PCI Fast Ethernet Controller v2.13 (020326)
PXE-E61: Media Test failure, check cable
PEX-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.

This screen repeats itself over and over.

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Answer:please help with my crashed hard drive

:wave: Welcome to TechSpot :wave:

Yes, your only real option appears to be to buy a new Hard drive. Personally, I wouldn't normally recommend a refurbished one or a used one, purely because you can't tell what condition it's in. That's entirely up to you and what you can afford though.
 

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Question: Hard drive crashed

running win xp pro, hard drive is a 40Gb Maxtor. When the hard drive is plugged in, computer runs at about 5% (sempron 2800+ w/ 1.25 Gb ram) of capacity. Hard drive shows 0 Bytes used and 0 Bytes free. Anyone heard of it happen before? I heard FDisk might help. Any other suggestions?
 

Answer:Hard drive crashed

Go to the Maxtor Support Web Site, in the software download section under ATA Drives, select utilities and then PowerMax.

It saved a 60gig drive for me. Give it a try.
 

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Question: hard drive crashed

have a blue screen saying boot device not found. will not let me run a hard disk check. also should there have been a software disk with pre loaded computer? I have everything but a software disk and I dont remember one 

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Question: crashed hard drive

My brother's hard drive has crashed, what should he do now?
it is a SCSI drive which is not recognisable by the BIOS,

i guess the first step is to find out if it is a logical error (FAT gone) or a physical error?

Answer:crashed hard drive

Is he using a scsi card with a bios?

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Have a WD hard drive, 200 gb that crashed, well it belongs to my friend. Is there any way of getting the pictures off of it that he didn't back-up?
 

Answer:WD hard drive crashed

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Question: Hard Drive Crashed

I have an E Machines ET1331G-05W and I know that the internal hard drive has crashed, I back it up often to an external hard drive, so no information was lost. My question is what exactly do I need to fix my computer.
The message of course started out like: BOOTMGR MISSING PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.
Then it goes on to say: CPUID:0F62h Stepping: 02h
L1 Cache: 256 KB L2 Cache: 2048 KB L3 Cache: N/A
Speed: 1.60 GHz Count: 2
Memory Clock: DDR2 800 MHz
Press DEL to run Setup
Press F12 for BBS POPUP
1 AMD North Bridge, Rev C2
NVMM ROM Version: 4.093.35
6144MB OK (256MB Sharded Memory Size Used)
Auto-Detecting SATA Port 1..IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting SATA Port 2..ATAPI CDROM
Auto-Detecting SATA Port 4..IDE Hard Disk
SATA Port 1:ST3750528AS CC44 Ultra DMA Mode-6, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status BAD
SATA Port 2: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH41N MN01 Ultra DMA Mode-5
SATA Port 4: WDC WD2500AAJS-75B4A0 01.03A01 Ultra DMA Mode-6, S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status OK
3rd Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace
Press F1 to Resume
Would I be correct in purchasing a 500GB (or higher) SATA 3.0 GB\S 7200 RPM internal hard drive?

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed

Do you have an image of your system? and a boot disk to restore the imaage from.
If so
Fit a new sata drive and restore the image to the new drive.

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Question: CRASHED Hard Drive

My less than two year old hard drive crashed while I was doing a THROUGH SCAN DISK. I do this every month so nothing new here. It was almost done when the funny noises started.

Is a THROUGH SCAN DISK hard on drives?

Thanks,
shortcut
 

Answer:CRASHED Hard Drive

Hi shortcut
No a through scan is not hard on drives. It just reads the remaining surface of the drive (all the way to the center)looking for defects. Many disk tests are much harder on a drive doing random seeks and read/writes. Your drive was probably just at the edge of failure.
 

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hard drive went bad ,ok got a new  and got os win 10 after I loaded  the os from a different computorI installed it in the other computor and turn on the power and nothing  happens screen dont light up ,the only thing that happens is the fans come on and thats it .......... what up dont get it 

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Hi. I have a 1TB SATA drive that crashed (or lost sectors) and we are trying to get our data from (just MY DOCUMENTS and PICTURES). I can slave the device to another machine and "see it" using Spinrite, but when I try to recover it with Spinrite I receive a DIVISION OVERFLOW ERROR on the 4th sector and cannot get past that point. Spinrite sees 3 partitions on the drive and 2 of them are fine (I suspect these are the restore points and another factory partition), but the main, large partition cannot be restored due to that error.

The SeaTools software finds the error and claims to fix it during the LONG TEST, but the SHORT TEST continues to fail and we still cannot get to any real data on the drive.

If I just try to mount it in Windows, the computer cannot do so -- the error is "The disk in drive X is not formatted". (I can mount a small section of it that Windows logs as a different drive letter, I suspect this is that restore point partition).

Is it possible the problem is a missing boot sector and, if so, is there any software available to restore same? Else, is there software available to format the hard drive without losing the data on it (not sure if that is possible or not), or go past the point it's crashing and recover other data on it?

The driver is a Seagate Barracuda 1000GB

Thank you in advance.
 

Answer:Help With Crashed? Hard Drive

TestDisk would be my first choice, it should be able to recreate your drive volumes/partitions.
 

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Hi! Everybody.. i'm newbie here i have samsung laptop windows 7 home premuim 64 bit 500G HD 4G RAM Quadcore Processor Model:NP305E7A-A02US

I have this error: "error code: 0x80070570" maybe because i reinstall windows 7 again and again? and i noticed in the bios settings that the total memory slot 2 was not installed.. can i still fix this or i need to take this laptop to the expert? Please help.. Thank much!!

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed???

Two things for you to try:

Reset the BIOS:
Turn off the laptop > remove the power supply > remove the battery
Press and hold the power button for 15 seconds or so
Put it all back together and start up > try the install again
If you get the install error again try this:
On the screen with the error code click OK
You will be taken back to the Install Now screen
Without restarting, just click on Install Now again.

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My MacBook hardrive decided to poop out last night and the guy at the Genius Bar said that it would cost $1500 to get an expert to retrieve my data. (All this before I can get it replaced, because they "have" to send the old part back in order to get a new one.)

Do any of you tech people have any suggestions for me?

Mandy
 

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I have Sony with XP home edition. Computer was on for a couple of days and I found that computer could not boot and asked the system recovery disk. After puting system recovery it told me that I need to partition my drives. After clicking yes I found error 0x1 saying no fixed disk found. Any ideas or suggestions for sorting this problem would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive crashed

It's gone, no bringing the HD back.

Unless it's working, and you did something terribly wrong.

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Hi all,My hard drive stopped being recognised on my XP System unexpectedly. I a couple of other computers and i tried putting the drive as a slave onto one of the other XP computers and I could detect the hard drive in the system's BIOS but could not detect the four partitions under My Computer. Now im thinking that the drive hasn't entirely crashed as it does show up perfectly on the BIOS. I need a huge amount of data from the drive. Can anyone help?!

Answer:Crashed Hard drive

Right click on my computer... Click manage... Go to disk management and click... Now where you see the partitions in the bottom right of the screen... Right click each partion and click mark partition as active. Let us know how you go on.

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What can I do? I have important stuff on that drive for work.

Is it really toast?

Heres the story.

Its a Western Digital 320 GB a few years old. It's been in a USB enclosure on top of my computer its whole life and I was just putting the door back on my computer when boom the drive shutdown. I haven't heard it making funny noises or anything lately. So i took the enclosure and i've tried plugging it into different USB ports and it just won't start.

Is there anything else I can do?

Should I try putting it inside the computer?

Answer:Think my Hard drive just crashed! What to do?

Hi, if it's crashed then yes I would recommend if possible trying it out inside your PC. If by chance it does work make sure you copy over any important files right away.

If it doesn't work you may have to send it to a specialist data recovery company who can hopefully retrieve at least some if not all of your data.

Unfortunately unlike software when hardware dies there's not that much that can be done on our end.

Oli

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OK I had a XP running fine on my system but my 160 gig ATA maxtor was getting full. So I gota 400 GB SATA Seagate. I slapped on the new drive opened Windows, so far so good, the drive is recognized. I went into Windows disk management created 2 10Gig drives on the new drived. I also noticed that the old drived had about 25gigs unallocated. So I made a new partition out of it. After reboot I can't even get into windows. BIOS recognized drive. But will not boot. I tried to look at the drive on another system by attaching it as a secondary master. It found it, it shows up in device manager, but not as a new drive. What's going on. I am going to post this and reboot so I can get the exact error. I will post error when I get back up. Please help!!!!!!!!!!1

OK got it, it's "boot disk failure
 

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed, I think!

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Hey all. I have a hard drive which I had in a enclosure. When I turned the enclosure off it somehow fried the circuit board on the back of the hard drive. So I took a circuit board from another hard drive which seemed to be almost the same and put it on my drive. Now the drive gets power but makes the usual clanking noise. I was wondering if anybody new any tricks to grab the data or if theres anything else I could do besides send it out. The hard drive is a western digital 160gb caviar 7200 rpm.
 

Answer:Hard drive crashed !

How do you know the hard drive was fried... and how do you know the external enclosure did it.
That would be extremely rare.

I suspect that the hard drive failed, not because of the enclosure, and that the clanking sound is part of that failure.

Perhaps it is time to replace that drive. Luckily they are very low in cost nowadays.
 

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I have a Lenovo B575 laptop and my hard drive crashed yesterday so I went out and bought a new one.But, the B575 has that one key recovery thing so there is no recovery disks for it, I'm just wondering as how I'm supposed to go about putting a new OS on the hard drive?

Answer:Old hard drive crashed

First, you should not double postDid you not make recovery disks?That is one of the first things to do on modern laptops.You can contact Lenovo and see if recovery disks areavailable for purchase for your model.Or download the iso for your version of Win 7 here:http://www.mydigitallife.info/download-windows-7-iso-official-32-bit-and-64-bit-direct-download-link...You will need to install drivers manually, and activate usingthe Win 7 code on the bottom of laptop. (May be in battery bay).If activation fails, follow instructions to activate by phone.

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How can you get the information off of a crashed hard drive??
 

Answer:Help: Crashed hard drive

Plug it in as a slave to another working computer

Or repair the crash (software/hardware error? )
 

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My hard drive crashed last year and it was replaced last year by Lenovo. Again, a year later crashed again. Can I buy a had hard drive outside and install the OS myself. Unfortunately, I do not have the recovery dvd and I do not have a copy of Win 10 when I upgraded last year before the deadline for free upgrade. Any suggestion will be helpful. Thanks.

Answer:Lenovo G50-45 hard drive crashed twice

Hi BinoMac88, 
 
Welcome to the Community Forums. 
 
Yes, you may get a different harddrive ( maybe a different harddrive manufaturer than the other two that failed) and clean install Windows 10 by downloading the installer using Windows Media Creation tool.
 
Before you start, it would be best that you have your digital product key associated with your Microsoft account following this guideline. This digital key is transferable to any harddrive even when the systemboard is replaced.
 
Hope this help answer your query.
 
Regards

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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 that was getting the blue screen saying that new hardware blah blah blah and that it shut down to prevent injury to the computer.  I tried reformatting the computer and it worked for 3 days then crashed again so I bought a new hard drive, partitioned it, formatted it and installed XPSP3 on it.  It has worked for 5 days and when I booted it up this morning it says there is no hard drive found, no bootable devices.  I removed the hard drive and reinstalled it thinking maybe it had jarred loose or something but it is not seeing it at all.  What could be causing this to continously happen.  Is there an internal clock that could be corrupted that crashes on this computer after so many hours of use?  I am at a loss and tired of reformatting this hard drive.Please help.

Answer:New Hard Drive Crashed after 3 days

Is it a third party hard drive or directly from Dell?

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My second hard drive just failed!!

It's a Western Digital Green 1Gb SATA; I've been using it as a second hdd for storage, for about 1.5 years.

I can't see it with Explorer.

Error messages:
"E: is not accessible. Data error (cyclic redundancy error)"
and
"You need to format the disk before you can use it"

This happened suddenly, today, out of the blue.

When I go to Disk Management, after a long time it says that the drive is RAW and healthy!

I ran a test with SeaTools after rebooting and it shows that "test failed" and some codes.

Here are the images:
http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...a5f2-22096f1f558a&etag=127004bd13639665552443

http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...9869-e9eae2aafc2e&etag=c29ce28113639665568395

http://box.c.yimg.jp/res/box-s-m5p4...41-2c13f117e2c6&etag=eea839131363966558102131

The hdd gave little signs of problems before (like cyclic redundancy error), so at that time I ran check disk at boot, but it never happened to fail..

Please help, what can I do?
 

Answer:Hard drive failed, crashed!

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I have a Hard Disk Short DST 'Failed'Sent the info to HP (you can't talk to anyone)and asked about warranty...never heard back.

Answer:Crashed hard drive / warranty

@Mik46?, welcome to the forum. This is a peer to peer help forum. The only presence that HP has on it are the Admins and the Mods. Otherwise, none of us works for HP. Your computer was released in 2012.  Therefore, it is over 3 years old and the warranty has expired.  You will have to buy another hard drive that is the same size or larger than the one being replaced.  Here is a guide to help you replace it. If you need further help, you will have to contact HP Customer Service. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.  

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Hi,

I have a HD that crashed. After putting in a new one and getting back up and running I am trying to recover the info from the old one. Here is my problem:

The drive is a Quantum 30 GB Fireball. I figured out the jumper settings so that when I go to bios the drive shows up there as primary slave. So far, so good. When I exit out and XP loads, i cannot get the computer to see the drive. I tried mapping the drive but it won't show up. I have a feeling that some info may still be on it, but I can't get to it.

The frustrating thing is, the day I planned on replacing it with the new one, and was just about to make a backup of the info, it up and crashed first thing.

Thanks for your help!

ThaBrudda
 

Answer:Crashed Hard Drive Question

If the old drive was formatted NTFS your new drive must be formatted NTFS. If that isn't the problem then some drive recovery software may help.
 

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When i turn on computer, it says "stop application" also it says "windows cannot be found" i only the "Microsoft Windows XP SP2" cd. It doesnt allow me to go to safe mode. What can i do?

Answer:Computer Hard drive may have crashed

A computer tech at a computer service center may be able to retrieve the data from your drive. The cost of this service will depend on what other services you have them do. Most that I have dealt with will retrieve data for free if you buy a replacement hard drive from them and have them install it.

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I believe my Dell laptop computer hard drive became corrupt because of power failure problems. I am able to access DOS system on the computer. I need help getting some of my files, that I hadn't backed up, from the computer. I know the dir of the files, but the problem is getting them to another disk source (CD, DVD, or flash drive). When I type D: it says it's not ready. Can someone please help? I really need these files.
 

Answer:Need files from crashed hard drive - please help

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After some problems yesterday with my laptop doing some really weird stuff I decided to factory default for the 4th time as the drive has played up in the past though the dealers deny anything being wrong with it.

Have tried said factory default this morning and the machine starts up "loads" Windows then goes to a screen that says an error has occurred.

It reads
ERROR:F3-F200-0002 and then tells me to switch of the machine.

I have tried booting with a rescue disk done in January but same thing happens.

So looks like a trip to the dealer on Monday and I am not holding my breath there as I did buy an extra two years warranty.

However Toshiba in Sydney apparently did not get the extra warranty card I sent off when I bought it. So it looks like I shall have to rely on the dealer doing the right thing and contacting them to get my extra warranty honoured.

I suppose if they (the dealer as they have the receipt for the warranty) do not honour the warranty I'll have to buy another drive not that it would be that expensive but also the OS which is of course.

Well thats the plan of action unless someone can come up with a way of getting it to go in some fashion that is beyond anything that I can think of.

Add: If II do have to replace the drive myself that will be a 2.5" one won't it? and do you reckon I could get away with an OEM for the OS?? - Win 7??

Answer:Hard drive crashed and burned

Google generates over 1400 hits on that error:

"ERROR:F3-F200-0002" - Google Search
You might be able to find a solution in those hits.

Yes, an OEM disc should be fine.

Look here in particular:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...4-fad23b3a564d

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My Sony Vaio had a file missing hal.dll file. A computer guy tried to use a boot disc to get the file and cant. Says my hard drives have crashed. And he cant do anythng because its a raid system and 2 hard drives.

suggested i call someone to remove the data. its not backed up!!!

Suggestions on where to send to remove my data?

Sunshine50
 

Answer:Getting data from crashed hard drive?

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My hard drive crashed and bought a new one.How to use recovery discs, can't seem to figure it out. please advise

Answer:My hard drive crashed and bought a new one.

reinstalling windows 7 from recovery discs on a new hard drivehttp://is.gd/aBym2vTry this way.http://is.gd/zQDYyr

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i hope my questions aren't too general, but i'm trying to research something for my dad and i have limited information from him. if i need more info, i can always ask him, but here's the deal:

dad has a pc (dell, i believe) running XP home version, and using ie as his browser. he was accessing the net via comcast cable.

one day he got some popup telling him there was a virus on his computer and click here or enter some crap to fix it. when he got to the point where it was asking for personal info, he knew he was in trouble. from there he couldn't get out of whatever windows he was in, and ended up calling some Geek Squad to fix it.

after taking it in, the verdict was (i believe) that his hard drive had crashed and couldn't be fixed. dad is now buying a brand new computer.

#1 - does it sound plausible that a virus would ruin a computer to the point that it couldn't be restored?

second issue: not sure why he's not doing this himself, but he said he would pay to replace just the hard drive if it didn't cost too much, and give the computer to me since it's (presumably) newer than what i'm using (better monitor, etc)

#2 - i'm not afraid to open the box up and pop in a new part. he's got the formating disc. is this as easy as it sounds, and if so, what's the best way to go about finding a replacement hard drive?

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Answer:Solved: Hard drive crashed?

If you have the recovery disk why not just run it on the pc as it is and see if it works ?

Gus
 

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My wife's hard drive quit a few days ago. Her computer is a HP Pavilliom and was purchased at Staples about 2 years ago. Unfortunately, it came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit pre-installed(no OS disk) I have a new hard drive being delivered today, but, of course, I need an operating system to get it up and running. I was told that HP would provide me with an installation disk. So, I spent several hours on the phone(most of it on hold) and was passed back and forth to several different techs, whose first language was definitely not English. The last one told me that HP doesn't support Windows 7 and I would have to talk to Microsoft. Then he said that he would connect me to Microsoft for assistance. After listening to more elevator music, they hung up on me. So I called Microsoft. They too gave me run around and  when I finally got to talk to someone, I was informed that since my OS was pre-installed, I would have to speak with HP. So back on the phone with HP. Another 15 to 20 minutes on hold and I was finally connected with the biggest idiot of the bunch. He informed me that he couldn't help me unless I got my computer online so he could perform diagnostics. He kept asking how I knew the hard drive was bad and did not seem to understand that when the drive tries to start, it clicks several times and then quits spinning. He finally told me that he couldn't help me since my computer wasn't online I wouuld have to purchase  a new OS from them. At that point, I told... Read more

Answer:My wife's hard drive crashed

When you buy an HP computer you are usually prompted to make recovery disks when you first turn it on. If you failed to do that, and the hard drive fails, you're only recourse is to purchase those recovery disks from HP Support or to buy a version of the Windows operating system from a retail outlet. Its far cheaper to buy the recovery disks from HP for about $50 rather than purchase Windows which would be about $120 and up.
 
You can contact HP Support through the following link.
 
Hp Support: http://www.support.hp.com/us-en/document/bph07143

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I have a TOSHIBA Satellite LAPTOP C655-S5049 with a 250 GB Hard drive. The hard drive has crashed. I want to know if I can attach an external usb hard drive to it and still use my laptop.
 

Answer:internal hard drive crashed

It is possible. Follow these steps and with a little luck you will be operational in no time.

http://www.hard-drive-help.com/boot-usb-external-hard-drive.html
 

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Hello

I am using windows 2k prof. I have two partitions in my hard disk. Whenever am using the D: drive iam getting a messeage like this "D:\ is not accesible. the parameter is incorrect", But my c:\ drive is working well. How can i solve this problem, please help me anyone in this regard.
Thanks

Surendra
 

Answer:Hard disk drive crashed

Hi There,
What Would Reconmend doing in this Case Is Shutting down Windows and Restart your Windows in Dos Mode and then Take The Format Disk that Came with your Hard-Drive and then RePartation that Part of the Drive that Isnt working right.. I dont think it Formatted that Part right when You First had it done.. Or Has this Ever worked before or Is this the First time this Has Happend?
Let me Know.
My Email Is [email protected]
 

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My old PC HArd Drive crashed ...
Now I want to recover my Data from it when I connect this Hard drive via USB adapter to my NEW PC
i got only 1 option to Format it .
as I said I want to recover my data from it so i treid few below softwares

Now Problem is the HD size is 80 GB & I see only 31 GB and it says RAW on it ...remaining 49 GB is Still missing .....Check the sceen shot of one of the program i used to recover my data.

Now please suggest me what should I do so i might be able to revocer and able to find the lost 49 GB on my Hard Drive.

Anxiously waiting for reply
Thanks
 

Answer:Maxtor ATA Hard Drive Crashed 80 GB

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Answer:100 GIG Hard Drive Crashed, Now Its Reading 38 GIG

To start off, what model of drive, and have you physically changed any jumpers on it? Only way to go from 100gb to 38gb is either change the jumpers for LBA, or change the partitioning scheme. Or lord forbid, load the incorrect bios.

If you have a Knoppix LiveCD, you can look at the Partition with QTParted.
 

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here is what i know about my puter

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system manufact. : VIA Tech.
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can anyone help me ?
 

Answer:New Hard drive install old one crashed

If you're going to install Windows XP on the replacement hard drive, I don't think you have to install DOS first. You may not even have to partition or format it.

I'm not an XP expert -- but I gather that if you can start the system from the Windows XP disk, you can do the partitioning and formatting as part of the installation.

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I can still use F12 to get to the screen that shows " use hard drive, usb " etc. Does that mean my hard drive is not ruined?

Answer:Windows 10 crashed hard drive?

Probably wasn't windows 10 lol
What are the error messages you are getting, if any?

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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive CRASHED?

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Answer:External Hard Drive Crashed -.-

If you can access the drive, download and run either this;

http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywi...y-software.htm
<http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm>
Or this;

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
<http://www.piriform.com/recuva>

In many ( most) circumstances it is better to make an image of the drive and then recover from the restored image on a different drive. This prevents your drive being even more badly damaged by trying to recover from it. That is what I would do. The data recovery programs noted will recover from a restored image.

You can make an image of the drive using this;

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/
<http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/>

Regards....Mike Connor

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Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Crashed

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Answer:Crashed Hard Drive; USB boot?

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Answer:Crashed Windows XP Hard Drive

Because you were able to pull some documents from the drive it is not dead. Getting your data back is therefore quite easy:-Buy an external HDD drive case-Remove the harddrive from the computer and place in in the HDD case. Make sure everything is connected and DO NOT LET THE DRIVE HIT ANYTHING ((HARD)) WHEN YOU MOUNT IT-Procure a computer and disable autorun for connect media/discs whatever on this computer (this is important to prevent the infection from spreading!!)-Connect mount by USB(2.0) to a computer-Copy all data you want to safe from the drive to a safe place on the computer (and scan for viruses using an offline scanner or online scanner such as kaspersky)Alternatively, if you have a windows XP recovery CD and the partition where your system was installed on contained only system files and no important data you could:-reformat system partition-reinstall OSI'd stick with the external HDD drive mount because almost everyone can do it and it takes no time

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Answer:Computer/hard drive crashed

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Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Crashed

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Answer:Hooked up old hard drive and computer crashed help!

The only drivers that should have installed for a external drive are built into windows so I doubt they'd be the problem.

I'm going to refer you to a specialist that handles unbootable computers in case it is a virus.

Please be patient and await help.

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Answer:T61 hard drive crashed due to Windows Updates

Hello,
 
I wonder if the file system on the hard disk drive migth have some corruption which is preventing it from booting up as it normally should. 
 
See if you can boot the computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt by repeatedly tapping the F8 key as it powers up.  From there, try running CHKDSK C: /F /R command (which may require a reboot and will likely take some time) and see if that fixes the issue.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Answer:Hard Drive crashed and I can't run Safe Mode?

If the hard drive crashed, in the traditional sense, it is toast. Everything on the drive may be lost.

I think that you may mean that the computer crashed, not the hard drive

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Sadly, the hard drive inside my dell inspiron died I honestly can not get it to work. Windows is unbootable, and another computer can't recognize the drive.

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If not, what can I do?

Thanks!!!

Answer:Hard Drive Crashed. Clean Install Possible?

Yes, it will work. Get the ISO from mydigitallife.info. Download the version that matches your product key.

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