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General Dead hard drive question

Question: General Dead hard drive question

Here's my situation. My g/f schoolmate told me her computer stopped working. It is a compaq persario r3000. I don't know the RAM. It has a AMD 3300, i think. Basically it won't boot up. When turned on the screen with the big compaq design comes up and you are given the options to either change the boot order or enter the set-up screen. Instead of going to the xp loading screen it goes black. It doesn't turn off, the screen is still powered just not displaying anything. However the machine is completely silent. I guessed that the hard drive had died or wasn't been "seen" by the computer. But just incase I tried using my knoppix live cd to see if it was a windows problem. It read the cd and started to load but then died. I assumed that it was because knoppix (or the version I was using) might require more RAM than the machine had. So i used a DSL-live cd and it worked. It brought up the desktop and looked just like it should. I could not mount the hard drive at all. It was like it wasn't there. And the machine was totally silent, which. This further comfirmed my idea the it was a hard drive problem. I aked the owner about it and was told that the computer didn't exhibit any common hard drive failure symptoms (no grinding, or clicking, or inceasing sound). She said that it wen from normal to unable to start up over-night. My question is this: is it possible that whatever cord connects the hard drive to motherboard (sorry if that doesn't make sense i know more about desktops than notebooks) is lose or fried? And if so is this fixable without losing the computer and/or info on hard drive. The laptop is still under warranty but I would assume that if she sent it into compaq they would just replace the Hard drive with out trying to get the info off.Thanks in advance

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Preferred Solution: General Dead hard drive question

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Answer: General Dead hard drive question

First off, good for you for trying a Linux LiveCD!The hard drive is indeed connected similarly to a desktop, just smaller. The only thing you may be able to manipulate is the connector from the motherboard to the drive itself. Is the hard drive seen in the BIOS? If so, you could try running the free diagnostics from the hard drive maker's site, or SeaTools from the Seagate site if not sure.Backing up the data across a network, or to a CD/DVD would be the best possible thing, because they absolutely will not save your data when replacing a hard drive. You could also get an adapter and slave it into a desktop machine IF the drive is not totally FUBAR'ed.If the data is critical you could try a data recovery service, but that is expen$ive.

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I'm thinking of upgrading to a 160 or 200GB hard drive until I rebuild my PC in about a year or so. For now, all that I'm going to store on the new drive would be various mulitmedia files and some backups of programs. My question relates to when I build a new PC I'll probably just use this hard drive as the primary drive. Will I be able to install Windows XP onto this drive with my existing files already on there?
 

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So my puny little 200gb hard drive that I had from way back in the day is starting to run low on space... I only have 37gb of memory left, which is a lot - but I want a fail safe. I am going to use this opportunity as an excuse to pick up two 1TB WD Caviar Blacks.

As of right now I don't have the time to reformat my computer because of school so for now I am going to use these are secondary storage drives until winter break where I have the time to format... I never really dealt with adding in additional hard drives so bear with me as I have these questions.

1) When I get the two new drives, do I just hook up my SATA/power wires, boot up my computer, then just format them via My Computer?

2) When I get the time to reformat I want to use one of the Caviar Blacks as my primary drive. So can I just put all of my files (music, pictures, documents, etc) on the other caviar black and format my other two drives to clear them?

I'd like to elaborate on question number two by saying exactly what I want to do...

I would take all of my files and put them on one caviar black as storage. Then I would go to install windows and reformat the other caviar black to be my main drive with windows on it. Once windows is installed I would format my 200gb drive that currently has windows and everything on it to clear it and keep it as a storage drive. The other caviar black would just stay untouched with all of my files saved on it. Would this plan of action work?

Answer:General Question(s) About Hard Drives.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by 05ls7gto


So my puny little 200gb hard drive that I had from way back in the day is starting to run low on space... I only have 37gb of memory left, which is a lot - but I want a fail safe. I am going to use this opportunity as an excuse to pick up two 1TB WD Caviar Blacks.

As of right now I don't have the time to reformat my computer because of school so for now I am going to use these are secondary storage drives until winter break where I have the time to format... I never really dealt with adding in additional hard drives so bear with me as I have these questions.

1) When I get the two new drives, do I just hook up my SATA/power wires, boot up my computer, then just format them via My Computer?

2) When I get the time to reformat I want to use one of the Caviar Blacks as my primary drive. So can I just put all of my files (music, pictures, documents, etc) on the other caviar black and format my other two drives to clear them?

I'd like to elaborate on question number two by saying exactly what I want to do...

I would take all of my files and put them on one caviar black as storage. Then I would go to install windows and reformat the other caviar black to be my main drive with windows on it. Once windows is installed I would format my 200gb drive that currently has windows and everything on it to clear it and keep it as a storage drive. The other caviar black would just stay untouched with a... Read more

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Hey guys its me ace again. I was just curios, im not the best with computers, and i was wondering if you wipe a hard drive clean, can you install it as a masgter driver to any computer, and will it work right away? If not, how do you do this? Thanks in advance for responces.
 

Answer:Solved: Quick question about Hard Drives in general

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Hello People,
A computer of mine failed and I want to reuse its single hard drive as a general purpose drive in another computer. That drive was created with three partitions: Recovery, System, and Windows. The drive is now mounted inside the second computer. (To repeat,
the second computer is configured perfectly normally with its own three-partition drive to boot from.)
The environment is:
Windows 10 Professional Version 1601 (Build 14393) 64-bit
User is an administrator
Hard drive is WDC 320 GB 2.5" attached to an add-in SCSI/SATA adapter card.
Using DiskPart I trivially deleted the System and Windows partitions from the drive I want to reuse.
However, the Recovery partition cannot be deleted. DiskPart (run from an elevated command prompt window) reports that the partition is "Hidden" and does not have a drive letter assigned. After selecting the disk and the partition to establish focus,
when I type "delete partition" I get the following error message:
   Virtual Disk Service error:
   Cannot delete a protected partition without the force protected parameter set.
I do not know what that message means. 
How can I eliminate this 13 GB partition so I can use all of the available space on the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.

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Here's a first for me....usually when a hard drive dies, it's dead....end of story.

I have/had 3 hard drives in my system. A brand new one (80 gig) and since my bios doesn't support over the 60ish limit, I used an overlay program to get the drive recognized.

Before this I also had 3 hard drives, all varying sizes, with no overlay programs.

As each hard drive had an operating system, I could access my bios setup and boot from either of the three.

After I installed the 80 gig with the ezbios (yes, I installed it on the other two drives as well) everything was happy, except for the fact I could no longer boot independently to the other drives.

I thought, no biggie. Still everything happy.

This morning, turned on computer, tried to access the 30 gig hard drive for some files, and the click, click, hard time trying to access, but finally it did......sooooooooo, then I rebooted and guess what....no 30 gig drive.

Wonderful.......disconnected the other drives, tried to boot to that one, no operating system, rebooted again, physical medium error....not going to be a good day.

Tried booting with a boot disk, fdisk politely tells me no fixed c: drive present......lovely.

Downloaded the recovery program recommended by Slithy (thanks, hope you're reading this too) and it would not even acknowledge that the drive existed. The drive was still being seen in the bios, correctly.

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Answer:When is a dead hard drive not dead

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*as Noel tidy beard would say?

i have just been given a 200Gb Western Digital HDDm which appears to be faulty
after connecting it it storts to whir as it spins, then makes a clicking noise (as though a gear has been dropped) and stops.

does this mean it's dead or could it be salvageable?

cheers
 

Answer:Hard Drive; Dead or no Dead*

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My computer came with Vista installed on it, and I want to install a new OS on it (Specifically windows 7 beta). It has a 10GB recovery drive on it.
What I want to know is, since there was no OS disk with my laptop, if I install a new OS will I be able to go back to Vista if I want because of the recovery drive, or will the new OS wipe out the recovery partition.

Its a gateway laptop by the way.

I also wanted to know, if I make a recovery disk, would it be able to re-install the OS; and could someone instruct me on how to do this?

Answer:General Partition Recovery Drive Question

Well when you install the new OS, if you do that over the old one than in theory the recovery drive should stay intact because it is on a different partition. But as far as being able to go back to your older OS after installing the new one with the recovery drive, I highly doubt that.

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I am looking to replace my C drive. I'd like to backup and restore my existing documents & settings and my program files. But does the Windows XP Pro backup wizzard even work for PROGRAM files when you "backup all information on this computer", then replace the C drive with a new drive, then restore all of the backed up data onto the new drive? Or do you need to create 1 big image file backup (using a software like Norton Ghost) in order to restore all files (including PROGRAM files)? I always thought that PROGRAM files are the one type of files that can't be copied.

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Is there any software that will allow me to do this using a CD Image ... I just can't boot my computer into Windows to get the files by using installed software. Any suggestions?

Answer:Hard Drive Dead ... Need to move folder over to new hard drive!

Please explain more fully what you want to do. If your hard drive is dead, any folders on it have gone to computer heaven. Perhaps you need a bootable CD-ROM?

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Ok, I'll start from the top.
(specs of my pc should be in my details etc etc)

My pc has always been a little malfunctional. Basically, random hard drive and motherboard difficulties have always plagued my system.
From USB 2.0 problems, SP2 problems and Hard Drive problems, my pc seems 'tempermental' at times.
However, It is my belief that this all stems from my Power Supply. It is an Ez-Cool 500W PSU, with MSI recommending 400w or more for my motherboard.
The main problem: BSOD Crashes.
They generally occur when playing games, mostly Battlefield 2.
2 formats ago, my machine ran BF2 fine, but would occasionally crash, put static through my sound card, show a random Dump BSOD screen for .5 of a second and reboot my system.

Upon loading, my windows would be 'unmountable' (not detect my HDD's being attached to the motherboard) and would require me to either re-install windows or fix with windows console (through the install CD ROM + CHKDSK)

Then, when nothing else fixed my problem, and not being able to go to SP2 for random instability problems / my hatred of SP2, I formatted my machine and re-routed my power cables in my machine.
To my luck, it fixed my problem. My games were running fine, and everything worked like it should. It seemed to fix my problem(s).

However, 15 minutes ago, BF2 textures became corrupted IN GAME, i.e. warping and misplaced textures on models / bright colouring. Then,.. another BSOD like the previous setup, with static th... Read more

Answer:General Crashing and Hard Drive Difficulty - Please help

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Ok...

My 150 gig hard drive seems to have died. It was in an external enclosure and it was an ide Maxtor drive. One day when I turned it on, there was no connection sound in Win7, and the external drive enclosure had a red light...not the usual green it becomes when the computer 'sees' the drive. I was waiting for just 2 more months to at least backup the drive when I could afford some blank dvds. So, I hooked it directly into my motherboard internally and Win7 still doesn't see it, even in 'disk management' under System properties. Is there anything I can do to get my data back? Any programs I can run? Any ideas?? Thank you for any help. =)
 

Answer:Solved: the Death of a Hard Friend (is my hard drive dead???)

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Hi everyone, new around here. Sorry if my questions have been asked times before, but I hardly know anything about laptops (only worked with desktops) and just want to make sure everything would work out OK. I have a Thinkpad T61, purchased in July 2008. Ironically my hard drive ran into problems just 1 week after the warranty expired, right now anything I try to install end up as fragmented files. So now I'm looking to get a new hard drive and have also decided to upgrade everything I can at the same time. I never really did much on the laptop, pretty much everything I need can be saved onto a flash-drive so I'm looking for a clean install of the OS with my new hard drive. My purchase came with disk that allows my system to roll back to factory settings; my questions are would that work on a new hard drive and how hard is it to replace the existing HDD? Is it literally just taking the old one out, putting in the new one and install the OS? I'd also like to know the fastest CPU my model number will alIow; had a look in a few other threads on this and the impression I had was that Penryn would be compatible with my current set-up. (model number is 8889-AU3 and has a T8300 @ 2.40 Ghz). Thanks a lot for any help in advance.

Answer:Seeking general advice on upgrading my T61 (Hard drive/CPU)

T8300 is a penryn cpu, also you get a month grace period (best to my knowledge) within which you can extend your warranty, i would suggest you fork out the quids to extend the warranty to 3 years.  I would forget about upgrading the CPU, as whatever you might likely to get for the T61 is probably not going to give you more than 10% performance boost, getting more ram is more logical. As the T8300 is no slouch of a processor, it consumes low power. Also, you got the nvidia gpu, which may/could cause some problems later on, so i would suggest you go with the warranty upgrade, if you can.  For HDD upgrade, you can just get any SATA hdd in 9.5 mm thickness and 2.5 inch format, plenty around, the largest you can get is the 500 gig version right now.   

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Hi,
I'm hoping someone can help.
I've a friend who knows very little about computers and has been given a Satellite Pro A40. She's asked me to clean it and reinstall XP and all the relevant software for internet access and Microsoft Office.
During the process of doing this I've noticed that the hard drive is clicking, which from experience with a tower PC means its in the process of failing.
I'd like to replace and upgrade but I'm having trouble finding what type of hard drive it is. Is it an IDE interface, or SATA. I suspect IDE due to the age.
Also can I buy a generic IDE/SATA 2.5" hard drive, like Seagate or Maxtor? I'd like to put in a 80gb one, but not too sure whether the laptop can handle it, or whether it has a connection specific to Toshiba.

And finally, I've tried to get to the fans to give them a good clean as their clogged up, I can seemingly get to everything else but not the fans. The only way I can currently see of doing this is to take the mobo off, something which I would prefer not to do.

I'll probably be sourcing from ebay or similar due to the age of the laptop.

Many thanks

Answer:Satellite Pro A40 hard drive upgrade and general clean.

Hello

You can upgrade HDD with 80 GB HDD. Googling around I found info about compatible 80 GB HDDs. You can use follow models:

TOSHIBA HDD HDD2188B
IBM G8BC0000Z810
HITACHI G8BC00017810
HITACHI G8BC00014810

Use these numbers and you will find info about HDDs.
As far as I know all older notebook models have IDE HDDs and the same must be used on Satellite Pro A40.

What to say about "good clean"? You are right.
If you want to do this well the notebook should be disassembled but it should be done following disassembling procedure described in maintenance manuals.

The problem is that maintenance manuals is not a public document. So please be careful what you do with it.

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This December just been I got a 2Tb hard drive, a stock standard Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm. I have noticed in recent weeks, that when I access this drive, perhaps to copy files, read them, rename them, import files to it, download files to it, etc, etc etc, it causes some pretty shocking instability in my opinion. Programs at random will stop responding, as I type this, skype randomly froze while I was chatting to a friend, and it took 5 minutes to get it to close and restart. On top of this, windows explorer just loses it, it will hang to the point I cant even access task manager, file transfers will crawl along, and random explorer windows will briefly freeze.

I am clueless as to why this may be so, perhaps the actual drive is faulty? A corrupted windows install? Corrupted files? Any ideas? I will re-install windows if absolutely necessary, however if its a matter of corrupted files, the files are almost entirely irreplaceable, I would need a way to single out the problematic files and remove them, so I need a method to do this?

Thanks for the help,
Tom

Answer:General system instability when accessing hard drive

Whenever I've seen this is been caused by a bad data cable to the hard drive, or a bad hard drive. Back up your data immediately, run some diags (SeaTools from the Seagate website) and RMA the drivce if it is bad...

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Hello there, Forum!

It's been a long time since my last appearance here... Right now I have an issue with my hard drives but I can't figure it out by myself...

Let me describe the issue:

1) When I copy files from my ExHDD to either one of my hard drives (C:\ and D:\) it's OK. (around ~30 MB/s)
2) When I copy files from C:\ or D:\ to my ExHDD, I get really slow transfers (~1 MB/s)
3) When I browse files within D:\ usually thumbnails, it makes a grinding noise, like it's thinking but it's painful for it.
4) When I browse files within C:\ it's somewhat OK.
5) When I play some games, I notice a MAJOR slowdown at the intro screens and later-on screens too, but gameplay is OK.
6) When I defrag D:\ drive with Defraggler, it's kinda slow at the "building file list" bit
7) When I defrag C:\ drive with Defraggler, it's REALLY slow at the "building file list" bit
8) No matter where I plug the ExHDD (on the 14 USB ports my PC has) it's still slow when I transfer files to it (~1 MB/s)

Now, here's what I have tried:

1) I changed both HDDs to all SATA ports (C:\ and D:\ are connected to SATA III ports) nothing happened, still slow, still grinding.
2) Updated every possible driver to the latest: Intel Chipset (9.4.0.1017), Intel RST (12.5.0.1066), Intel MEI (9.5.0.1393 with 8.1.30.1350 FW)
3) Clean and fresh install didn't solve the issue, gaming slowdown (at startup) in FIFA 13 and Far Cry 3 is clearly tangible.
Now, what I haven't tried:

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Answer:General Hard Drive Slowdown (Including USB External HDD)

I have come across this problem in the past with an external HDD. In the end the drive ended up going bad and I had to throw it out. It all started when I defragged the external HDD...it took longer then normal. After that degrag the transfer speed was slow...we are talking USB1.0 and slower. It also made grinding noises. I tried everything in the book but I think defraggler was somehow responsible. I am sorry I can't offer anything else, just thought I would tell you that this happened to me also

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Dear Forum,

I am just about to do a reboot and clean install.

I have had a procedure done yesterday and have not had much time to notice much.

What I have noticed is that ever since I changed the properties of the external USB Hard Disk Drives whilst the other computer was turned off - I have lost some data or something has happened.

I am sorry if it may be nothing. I am just stressing.

If someone could possibly talk me through what may have happened. It has crashed since and I am at a loss what to do.

I guess without anyone knowing what documents I have been working on - I have not been able to search much and dropped some data onto my large USB Hard Disk Drive.



Thank you

Answer:General Assistance Required - Lost volume on Hard Drive

I don't see any details about an actual problem or what we're supposed to be looking for. Help us help you by explaining the problem and we'll start from there.

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I purchased an external hard drive from a second hand store (Toshiba Canvio Connect 500 GB, USB), and I have a few questions on it:

Background: When I first plugged in an error popped up saying the USB drive needed repair, I clicked OK and it failed. I opened the properties and the disk space claimed 100% used. I tried scanning the disk for viruses and malware before I tried opening it and that also failed. Then I attempted to open the folder, it prompted "Access Denied". I clicked around in properties but wasn't authorized to change any settings. After about 10 minutes, it opened. I then tried the virus scan again and it worked, scanning the files I later found plus a bunch of %recycle bin% files that I couldn't find. Inside were videos for a project the prior owner had apparently been working on. I tried to delete these files, and it wouldn't let me. No option for it, and I got the red cross of "not happening" when I tried dragging to the recycle bin.

So, I right clicked the folder and selected format. I code"Restore Device Defaults" and "Quick Format," and it failed. I then tried unchecking quick format, and it started, but the process bar made no progress. I tried to cancel, and it wouldn't let me - my options were retry the cancel or press cancel to cancel abruptly. I canceled abruptly and the disk under my computer disappeared.

I unplugged and replugged the USB adapter, and a prompt saying I need to format came up. I cli... Read more

Answer:External Hard Drive - Reformatting and General Access Questions

yes; I do believe formatting can take awhile depending on how large the disk is. It is possible the drive may have some sort of internal hardware issue(s). If after the full format completes you still cant access the drive properly, etc.; then yes i would say there is a internal hardware issue and you should probably try and get a refund on it and get a new drive instead of a second hand drive if possible.

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Greetings! Subject line says it all! I wish to resurrect an heirloom R31 with a dead hard drive by somehow upgrading the Bios to accept USB drive boot-ups with Windows and Linux. New HD out of question right now. I''m wondering whether there's an Ethernet/internet way of implementing this. I'm not a techie but I'll try to deal with techie solutions if possible. Thanks for any advice! Jim in NYC    

Answer:Can R31 Bios Be Upgraded Without (dead) Hard Drive To Allow USB Drive Booting?

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't know the answer to your question for certain.  I can say that on my almost-as-old R40 it is possible to boot a USB flash drive, but it takes a bit of a tap dance.
 
Hmm, are you looking to boot a flash drive or an HDD? Either way, this _might_ apply to your heirloom.  Some notes from my old blog:
 
...Since it looks like a HD, it does not show up in the laptop's boot device menu (F12 during boot), but it does show up as a hard drive deep in the BIOS config.  It would be much nicer if the BIOS would present the jump drive as an option in the "Removable Devices" portion of the boot device menu.
 
To boot from the formatted jump drive, first install it in a USB slot, then start the ThinkPad and go to the BIOS configuration screen:
 
BIOS SETUP>STARTUP>BOOT>HARD DRIVE>LEXAR...
 
Use F5/F6 to move the jump drive up to the hard disk default position (the first).  Save the configuration, and reboot to the jump drive, either by letting it default to HD, or by selecting Hard Drive via F12.  Once the jump drive has been removed (and/or the machine rebooted?) the jump drive will no longer be the default.  It is necessary to go to BIOS each time the jump drive is booted.
 
Maybe...
Z.
 

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the Lenovo.com support site.  

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As the subject states, there's a lot of neat little things going on with this machine.

I think I followed all the instructions correctly, and I think I'm correct in posting the following two logs (Activescan, HiJack this).

I did download Spyware Blaster and IE-Spyad, but I didn't install them yet because I assumed they were to be installed after this issue is resolved. I also was sure to update my Operating System. I'm on WinXP SP1, but I did not to upgrade to SP2 when I installed the updates.

Please let me know if I'm missing something, or I need to do something else first.

Thank you.

Activescan.txt:

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Incident Status Location

Virus:Trj/Dropper.ZN Disinfected Operating system
Adware:Adware/Zenosearch Not disinfected ... Read more

Answer:General slowness, never ending hourglass, and constant hard drive reading

Part two of the Activescan.txt:

Quote:




Spyware:Cookie/FastClick Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\[email protected][3].txt
Spyware:Cookie/FortuneCity Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt
Spyware:Cookie/GoClick Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\[email protected][1].txt
Spyware:Cookie/GoStats Not disinfected C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies\[email protected][2].txt ... Read more

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I have a maxtor 20 gyg hard drive that doest seem to work. I can actually hear it speed up at start but it no longer appears in my computer. Its a secondary drive in which I keep all my video and music files.

I'm thinking its the boot sector that is damaged or something I had someone tell me thats what it is but I have no idea.

I used the disk management tool in xp to see if I could access the drive but no luck.

I tried a tool called get data back and it looked like It was scanning the drive and It was finding things. I noticed that at the begining of the scan it gave me an i/o read error I clicked ignore and it continued to scan.

I now think its physical damage to the disk or a bad boot sector.

How could I recover this bad boot sector and what software could I use?

Thanks guys.
 

Answer:Dead drive question

Try this program from Maxtor to see if your hd has gone bad.

http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/M...oftware Downloads/All Downloads&downloadID=22
 

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Question: Dead Hard Drive

Last night I got back home from a 2 weeks trip, turned on my computer and everything was working just fine. Then this morning when I tried to turn it on, I got an error saying that the boot drive could not be found and that I had to use the windows disk to repair the BCD. This particular hard drive is a few years old (bought it around late 2005). I have a lot of stuff on it that I really need, and I am not sure if I can get the stuff back. BIOS doesn't recoginize it and when I boot up using a different hard drive, I can't see it in the disk management. Is there any hope for recovering my data??
 

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

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Question: Hard drive dead?

D drive died after downloading some files to folder on D drive. Drive is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40 Gig. Have System Suite 6 virus protection and firewall. Running XP. Rebooted system next day and Drive was not detected. Tried it in other computers with same results. Could an mp3 file contain virus or script that could damage HD? Any other ideas?
Thanks, new to site, JamesH1
 

Answer:Hard drive dead?

Sounds like a goner

In a case like this, go to the manufacturer's web site for diagnostic tools. This site incorporates several from Seagate: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/.

Another approach: changed things a bit. Move drive to secondary ide; jumper as master; use solo on the secondary; use tandem on secondary with cdrom drive. Use cable select. Since this was a working drive as slave on the primary, if any of this works, I would not trust this drive to last much longer. A low level format may rescue drive but destroy all data.

If you have a USB hard drive enclosure, try it. In this environment, jumper drive as master. Watch the balloons as the usb device is reported, followed by any other balloons indicating the drive is reporting itself to XP.

Other threads throughout the forums here reference software packages to recover lost files. Many of these packages use their own techniques to discover hard drives. Kraft posted such a reference in one of the threads I am participating in. Use search/advance search with criteria userid.
 

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Hi. I've got an external hard drive that I clumsily dropped. It stopped working so took it into my local PC shop. They have said the data is unrecoverable.Is there anything I can do to get the data back or is it gone forever?

Answer:dead hard drive

If the drive is physically not working (i.e the drive doesn't spin and / or the heads don't move across the drive) or if the electronics are damaged then the only possible realistic approach is to contact a specialist (just do a search for "disk drive data recovery specialist"). But be warned, if they can do anything it will almost certianly be very expensive - you'll have to ask yourself how much the data is worth.

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Greetings,

I'm building my own computer. This is the 4th time I've done it, and the other 3 worked just wonderfully.

With #4, I wanted to take the hard drive out of #3. I reformatted the thing to get a clean install of Windows going. However, Windows will not install. It tells me that scandisk detected errors. It tries to fix them, and then reports that scandisk must start from the beginning. On the next pass it detects the SAME errors.

The errors I'm getting are really scarey sounding. "Bad file allocation table", "media byte missing or corrupt", and "lost cluster found" Why is it finding lost clusters when I've reformatted the hard drive?

So the question is -- is my hard drive permanently, unrecoverably dead?

Thanks.
 

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So my computer has this problem; it periodically just turns off, then goes to the "Windows did not shut down correctly" screen then just freezes there. A friend told me this was a symptom of hard drive failure, and told me to download a program called HDD Scan. It gave me a report that I have no idea how to read, i'll post the image down below. Is there another thing I can do to figure out if my hard drive is dead?
 

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HiThe power lead was inadvertently taken out of an internal 200gb hard drive the other day whilst the pc was on. It was a drive that contain media files mostly.The drive has now developed a loud clicking noise, before dying and then seizing up the rest of my machine.I've copied all the data over to another drive, so everything is safe in that respect.I'm just wondering whether I can salvage this drive, or if its only now fit for the scrap heap?

Answer:Is my hard drive dead?

I'd say goodbye to the disk to be honest; it may be possible to salvage it but I wouldn't feel safe if I were to rely on it for anything.

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I got an old hard drive that has some data on it that would like to get back. The drive is not showing up in MY COMPUTER when set as SLAVE, and when set to PRIMARY it is not detected as a boot drive.

I tried running Knoppix and Ubuntu live CDs, the drive is not showing.

I tried SpinRite, no luck. The drive just clicks without showing as a device.

Is it possible to get the data back by getting inside the drive physically and replacing the broken parts?
 

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windows did not start successfuly
turned on my system this morning and received this message:

a recent hardware or software change may have caused this. (I did not install anything recently, not sure about what software that may have caused this issue)

message also states: if your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly or was
automatically shut down to protect your files and folders. choose last known configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked. if a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed. or if you aren't sure what caused the problem choose start windows normally.

it then gives choices safe mode safe mode with networking and with command prompt
below that is shows start windows normally
and below that it shows use the up and down arrow keys etc to highlight choices and then shows seconds until windows starts: 0

system would not allow me to do anything. was not able to use keyboard or mouse.

I have never seen this before so not sure what has happened.

but I manually (pressed the power button) to shut down gave it about 10 mins. restarted system. got same message but the shows seconds until windows starts:
had a countdown of numbers and was able to press the enter and computer started up normally.
not sure at this point now what or where to go to see why this is happening.,
fearing the worst that my system is doing a precursor to crashing???
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Answer:may be dead hard drive ??

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Ok so here is the story and question. I have a laptop running windows 8 that I dropped and the monitor cracked on it. I tried plugging a monitor into the HDMI port and that worked for a little while and now that doesn't work. I have a repair warranty on it through Best Buy (yes I know don't use Best Buy. I have heard it before so don't preach at me, please). Here is my problem. I need to get the files of the computer to use for work, but I don't really want to pay best buy to extract the info. Can someone give me instructions or point me in the direction of how to access the hard drive on the laptop from another computer. I have been able to network the laptop to another computer running windows 7 via ethernet and it shows up in the newtork sharing screen but when I go to the computer screen it doesn't show the other computer. I have another laptop running windows 8 if I need to use that.

Thanks in advance,

Seth
 

Answer:Hard Drive dead

The best bet is to remove the hard drive from the PC, hook it to a working PC using an external connector and find the "Users" file. Initially, you may get a pop-up stating you do not have permission to access the directory. Click "continue" to allow access. You can then transfer the "My Documents," "My Pictures" etc. folders to the working PC. Make a separate folder on the working PC ("Old Files") to move them to.

The least expensive way to do this is using an external drive enclosure such as this:

http://www.directron.com/ims25satab.html

A few important notes on this:

* The procedure I've given is based on my experience with Windows 7/Vista/XP. I have not done this yet on a drive with Windows 8. If you run into issues, please reply and others who have done this with Windows 8 may have additional tips.

* Remove and reinstall the drive carefully. If the drive isn't accessible through a "trap door" on the bottom of the PC, I would leave the removal and reinstallation to an expert. If you bring the PC back to Best Buy with loose, missing or cracked pieces (other than the damage caused by dropping), they may attempt to use it as an excuse to void your warranty.

Hope this helps.
 

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Hello all,

I was recently given a friends old laptop which no longer boots because of the "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" error, and they just went ahead and bought a new one. The LCD is cracked so it's not much use as is, but I figure if I could get the hard drive reformated and XP reinstalled I can plug in an external monitor and just use it that way. However I'm having some problems.

My first attempt was a repair install of XP, which got about 50% of the way and had a critical error forcing me to exit. The repair install no longer works saying it cannot detect the drive. However the bios does, so I know the computer can still see it.

Next I tried chkdsk /r in the recovery console which failed at about 39% saying there were unrecoverable problems.

So figuring my only option left was a clean install of XP I tried to delete the partitions on the hard drive to begin installing XP but Windows Setup is unable to delete the partition. This computer has 4 partitions (which I find odd) and none of them can be accessed or deleted.

So basically before I go and buy an enclosure to see if I can reformat the drive from another computer, or just scrap the laptop for parts as is, does anyone have an idea of how I can reformat this hard drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:Is the hard drive dead?

sounds like a faulty drive - if chkdsk failed
you could download UBCD for windows and run some of the disk utilities http://www.ubcd4win.com/
If you know the make and model of the harddrive - often the manufacturer will have a utility to test the drive
 

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Hello,I have a WD "My Passport Ultra" and yesterday when I went to move some files onto it I couldn't find it listed on my computer. It still shows up in the devises and says that the drivers are up to date but I can't see the drive on my computer. I have Windows 7 on my computer, on the main hard drive. I have a backup hard drive that has Windows 10 and it shows up there and I can see the contents of the drive but when I go to open a file it stays there is an I/O error problem. So I was wondering if my USB hard drive is dead or since I can see it on the computer with the back up drive can I still get the files off it. Is there a way to fix I/O error problems or will I have to scrap the hard drive?

Answer:Dead USB Hard Drive?

Well while I am waiting I decided to try a trial version of "easeUS Data Recovery" software. It says I have a lost partition on that USB hard drive and it is scanning the drive right now for files. It's going to take about three hours. So now I am wondering if any one here has a recommendation for a good recovery software for about $60 or less. If it's just a bad partition I could move the files off, reformat and keep using the drive.

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Hi!

I would be very happy if someone could give me some advice on my problem.

I've got a knocked out harddrive (not the boot-drive) from a power surge. When I boot XP I get a black screen and can hear the hard drive searching with a low click clocking sound a few times then it hangs.

I ran Testdisk in Mepis and found the partition after a quick search. I can view all the files in the partition. I got a warning "Incorrect number of heads/cylinder 16 (NTFS) != 255 (HD)." I forgot the warning and wrote a new FAT.

Tried to reboot in XP with the same result as before but now it searches the disk a lot longer then before.

Tried testdisk again but this time it reports a write error when I try to write a FAT.

It also reports a read error at 0/0/7 (lba=6)

I was able to copy some files to another partition within Testdisk.

I am a bit confused as the disk and partition seems to be ok, but it can't be mounted in Linux and makes the XP boot freeze.

Can it be saved or should i just try to copy the content to a new HD?

Thanks!
 

Answer:Dead hard drive

Definitely copy the data to a new HD if you can before the drive stops completely
 

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Is there a way that a home computer user can extract files from a crashed hard drive? It is a Maxtor 160 GB SATA. Hard Drive diagnosis identifies the drive by it's number, 64160M0 -Fail Return code 7. I can tell by the sound that my computer is trying to read the drive but it just comes up with "disk read error". I really doubt that another computer could read it as a slave.
 

Answer:dead hard drive

It depends on how crashed it is. You could put it in another computer as a slave and see if it shows up as a second drive. If it does you could extract files that way.
 

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I've been running a 250GB Hitachi internal hard drive through an external case for half a year. It's worked flawless until a couple days ago when it started humming and I begin getting "Delay Write Failed notices. My computer no longer recognizes the drive and the sound has changed to a repetitive clicking every few seconds as if the drive is searching/constantly loading.

I understand that the drive is probably fried but is there anywhere I can take it to recover the data? Unfortunately NewEgg won't take it back because it's refurbished.
 

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My second hard drive has failed completely, and it had my games on it. I tried to install the games on the main hard drive, but it still thinks they are on the failed hard drive, and so it can't install them without unistalling them from the failed drive, so it tries to find the unistall or the game on the failed drive, but it can't, because it's dead. Is their anything I can do to get them off of the failed drive and install them onto the main drive?

Answer:Hard drive dead, need help!

the hard drive have failed because after you done something with wires? or it have failed uddenly?
if it have failed because of something you done with the data wires and they are form the same data wire you should put the main hard drive as the master and the second one as slave...
and if it happened suddenly i dont think something can help if the harddisk is damages it means all the data in it are already damaged.
hope it helps

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Hi,

When I turn on my computer, I get a blank screen. Does this mean I have a dead hard drive? Or what does it mean?
 

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Hi Techspot

i was using my computer fine the other day i then switched it off all fine to only come back to it not working at all.

I get this message on pausing the screen

adapter 1

disks information

no hard disk is detected

I have also tried looking in the bios no luck at all, this is my main computer so i ned it up and running as soon as possible

i have and asus p5q pro motherboard oh and a seagate baracuda 500gb sata hdd.

anything i have missed just let me know and i will addd it.

-Baltan
 

Answer:Hard drive dead?

Anyone out there know??
 

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I'm Running a Pentium 4 with XP Pro, my computer cant find two Western Digital Hard Drives, one a 250 GB (WD2500JB) and the other a 80 GB I use both as back up and most of the time I have I them unpluged from the IDE port, the 250 GB is like a year old and the 80 is like 6 month old.

I have try it making it my primary slave, secondary slave, secondary master and always the same result, every time I turn on my pc I heard the hard drive making a clicking sound and then a message on a black screen saying something like "Primary Slave has a Fatal Error" and the only choice it give me is to restart my system.

I have important data on both hard drive and I wish I could save it, any idea if there is a way to fix these hard drive and what the clicking noise is all about? It sound like is trying to read the drive or something.

I was thinking as a ultimate option to buy another 250 GB and a 80 GB open both of them and changing the disk from the bad hard drive to the new one to see if I could read my data, just in case that the problem is not with the physical disc that store the data inside the hard drive.

Thanks

Alex

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

Moving the disc is very hard, and has to be done in a clean room.

This method works most of the time. Put the hard drive in a ziploc bag, and put it in a freezer overnight.

Data recovery specialists have 99% data revovery rates, and they are also very expensive. If your data is worth that much, you should get it recovered.

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hi,
i have a problem with my computer , it wont boot to windows xp just say it find can't find operating system and the hard drive is kind of clicking everytime it tried to boot.
sometimes it will try to boot but then i will get blue screen.

is there any way i can save some of the file to another computer some how or onto the cd writer.
because xp doesn't support dos then i don't know how to do this.

please can anyone help.

wai
 

Answer:my hard drive maybe dead.

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Ive had a quick peek through the message boards and cant find a solution. My hard drive has been playin up for a while, now when i boot up it asks me to insert my O/S disk....does this mean my H/D is dead? once i place my O/S disk in cd drive and boot from that i can access anything on my hard drive, any idea? do i need to get a new hard drive? if so, would i be able to copy my old H/D to my new H/D?

Hoping you can help guys
 

Answer:Hard Drive Dead????

Best way to tell is to download the motherboard maker's diagnostic program from their website, and run that. It will tell you definitely if the hard drive is defective/damaged.

If it is, you CAN copy the system intact from the old drive to the new drive; new drive should come with a floppy based utility to do just that, or have one downloadable from THEIR website, but if the data on the old drive is suspect, you're better off doing a clean install onto the new drive, rather than copying over possibly corrupted files, then simply copying over your personal files. If those are corrupt, you can deal with them on an individual basis, rather than having a system that's unstable. You could copy the data then do a "repair" installation from the OS install disk, depending on what version of Windows you're using, but if there's damage to your other programs or 3rd party drivers that Windows can't restore, you may still have problems after the transfer.

What OS are you using? And what are your system specs? And how has the drive been "acting up" lately? That may give us some clues to what's going on. If the drive diagnostic comes up clean, we can try to help sorting out what's wrong from there.
 

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Hello,I have a WD "My Passport Ultra" and yesterday when I went to move some files onto it I couldn't find it listed on my computer. It still shows up in the devises and says that the drivers are up to date but I can't see the drive on my computer. I have Windows 7 on my computer, on the main hard drive. I have a backup hard drive that has Windows 10 and it shows up there and I can see the contents of the drive but when I go to open a file it stays there is an I/O error problem. So I was wondering if my USB hard drive is dead or since I can see it on the computer with the back up drive can I still get the files off it. Is there a way to fix I/O error problems or will I have to scrap the hard drive?

Answer:Dead USB Hard Drive?

Well while I am waiting I decided to try a trial version of "easeUS Data Recovery" software. It says I have a lost partition on that USB hard drive and it is scanning the drive right now for files. It's going to take about three hours. So now I am wondering if any one here has a recommendation for a good recovery software for about $60 or less. If it's just a bad partition I could move the files off, reformat and keep using the drive.

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Hello,

Earlier this week my 80GB Iomega external hard drive (HDD) stopped working. By talking to various others I was able to determine that the problem was probably with the enclosure rather than with the drive itself. To solve problem I purchased a Mad Dog Multimedia hard drive enclosure. I then removed hard drive from the Iomega enclosure & placed it into the Mad Dog one. After hooking up the "new" external hard drive to my computer I ran into a problem. While it displays the drive fine (as the H drive) in my computer when I click on the drive to open it I receive a message saying that the drive is not formatted & asking me I wish to format now. I obviously don't want to do this as I'd lose all the files (approx 60GB worth of photos & video files) & according to the best of my knowledge this shouldn't necessary as the drive had already been formatted & partitioned. What I need to know is what is:

1. What could be causing this problem & how do I fix it, so I'm able to access the files?

2. If it can't be fixed what else might be done?

3. Is there a way to copy the files from the "H" drive onto another drive w/o having to open it?

I don't know if it'll help or not, but here's some additional info. My computer is an older Sony model (PVC-RZ14G). It's operating system is Windows XP. If there's anything else you need just let me know. my emai is [email protected] Thanks!

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My wife downloaded a virus onto her Toshiba 850D laptop, I think it was called cinema lights. It automatically downloaded other programs and we tried to uninstall it but it would not go. Eventually the laptop would not boot up anymore. It would show the Toshiba logo but no windows stuff. It would not restore and it even would not install 8.1 from the hard drive. The only option left for me was to wipe the hard drive, so I did. I bought a full version of windows 8.1 and tried to install it but no matter what option under F12 it says media fail and no bootable device. I can hear the CD player working but I think that the HD is damaged somehow from all this. Should I replace the hard drive or is there another way to load the new 8.1?

Answer:Almost dead hard drive I think

Is your player a cd drive or dvd drive because windows 8.1 comes on a dvd

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I am afraid my hard drive might be dead but I just want to make sure and see if there is something that can be done. I've had this computer for a year and one month (yes, the warranty just expired) and a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that the computer was starting to get slow for no real reason sometimes. I checked the task manager and noticed that the Hard Drive was most of the time running at 100% Active Time, which compared to my other computer or my friend's, is not normal. After looking into it, tried several things, from tests to reinstalling Windows 8 from scratch to drivers and all kinds of stuff, until it got to the point where, even though it was still using 100% Active Time, it did seem to improve. One day, it just got stuck really bad while I was browsing the internet, and I had to shut it down by hand. When it came up, I could only see the Thinkpad logo, then the Windows 8 logo with a little circle going around for minutes and then just a black page. I tried to reseat the hard drive, run the recovery disk, and still nothing. Then I checked the BIOS and I didnt see anything related to the hard drive anymore  Any ideas? More than likely, I'll have to pay for it, but I just think its unfair it would give out just like that when I think I've given it enough maintenance the whole time. 

Answer:dead hard drive?

Yes this definitely sound like a bad harddrive problem. I' ve had a harddrive with reallocated sectors which made the hard drive really slow at first and once u get too many the hard drive will not work at all. I think a SSD might be a good investment for u. SSD's perform a lot better then harddrives. They are more expensive however ;SGood luck ,

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Hi, I have an old sony vaio laptop pcg-f650 and it just stopped working. At start up I get the following message-

Disc I/O error: Status=000000000
Win2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt <win2000>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

Is my old 12GB mini Hard Drive gone? Do I need a new one? There is also a clicking sound coming from the interior; I assume it is the broken HD.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thank you.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Dead?

Read this.

Raybro
 

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i'm not really experienced with computers and i'm having problems with my computer...

one day i was on the computer and i started to hear beeping noises, i didn't think much of it, but when i went to shut the computer down, it froze entirely, the mouse wouldn't work, i had no choice but to pull the plug. then the next day, when i went to turn it on, i heard the same beeping noises from the day before, and suddenly a blue screen appeared saying something about a disk error and asked me to restart it. i did and it got to the screen where you see the windows' logo, then it froze...i had to pull the plug again and restart it. i access the BIOS screen (i think that is what you call it) and found that the computer didn't find both of my hard drive, but it did find my cd drive. i exited the the BIOs screen and let it load some more and i get 2 errors:

202: drive not ready
203: insert boot diskette
press any key to continue...(or somehthing like that)

and i tried to press a key and nothing happened. i turned it on and off and the same error showed up...

i also checked the cables and even switching the cable with a new one

i looked around the net and it said that if the hard drive made noise and that error it might be dead...am i over reacting? should i try the freezing it?
 

Answer:hard drive dead?

Can't help you with most of those questions, but most PC's beep a code when they are booting. One beep for my PC means all is normal. here is a list of beep codes for different types of PC's. That may help you pin down the prob a little better.

http://networking.ringofsaturn.com/PC/beep.php
 

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I'm convinced that my computer is cursed! I've built several computers in the past, and none have ever given me trouble like this one. I've posted several times about different hardware problems, trying to get my "new" comp up and running, and I finally thought everything was fixed, as my computer was running GREAT for about a week. Then this happened:

I was playing a game (Return to Castle Wolfenstein) and then I heard a "pop" noise -- a noise I've heard before when a hard drive went out (different system, years ago -- not mine). Of course I thought my HDD or other part of my comp was screwed, but the computer just kept working fine. I have a one-year old kid running around throwing stuff and a TV going full-blast, so I had my fingers crossed and just played it off as a noise that came from elsewhere. The computer still worked fine for a day or so. So, I was browsing around the web and remembered about PCpitstop.com and decided to run a full test. Everything came up fine, except the HDD which said "unusually low performance." Well, I guess I should have thought something was wrong by then, but I guess a thick skull is the reason I lost all of my hair. About an hour after the test, I was playing Wolfenstein again, and my one-year-old reached up and smacked on my keyboard. At that exact moment, the computer restarted and wouldn't get past the detecting IDE drives part of POST. At first I thought my kid managed to amazingl... Read more

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Hi guys, so I woke up this morning and was doing my usual thing on my laptop when it bluescreened and came up with this notice:
Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (Build 083)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
This Product is covered by one or more of the following US Patents:
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US6,115,776, and
US6,327,625
RealTek PCIe FE Family Controller Series v1.24 (10/07/10)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM.
Reboot and select proper boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press a key
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Pretty sure she's dead but I have some recent stuff that wasn't backed up that I need to recover. Could anyone please tell me what this error means?

Answer:Is my Hard Drive dead? Help me!!

It means that the BIOS is not detecting the hard drive
first job is to remove and refit to remake the connection it might just have come loose.

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I took one of my maxtor 120gb slaves out and replaced it with another one last night. When I whent to put It back In I got the message no hard disk please enter system disk and reboot. I picked up the hdd to see if it was on and theres no power. Help...
 

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

I picked up the hdd to see if it was on and theres no powerClick to expand...

If you haven't resolved it by checking your cabling thoroughly,

We need more details, please.

Tell us exactly what happenened and what the hardware is.
 

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Question: Hard drive dead ?

Ok so about a month ago my pc kept coming up with hard drive 'status bad backup and replace'
I already have backed it up onto 3 discs but I think it may have been burnt by my 4.2ghz CPU or something I'm no pc expert
When I start up and login to windows the screen freezes but I can still move the mouse and not click anything also the icons are sometimes white
What do I do??

Answer:Hard drive dead ?

What is HDD ? I'm using win7 64 bit
Also this pc is around 1 year old but upgraded the power supply and graphics card around 2 months ago

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I have a spare AOpen Mobo MX 46-533V. So I decided to put in an older second hand (ebay) 20Gb hard drive and memory.

6 months ago - memory, mobo, cdr etc were all working fine. I built a new super system leaving me with these parts.

Anyway, i decided to build a second system and installed the 20Gb hard disk but couldn't load windows, I got loads of error messages resulting in one messages saying hard drive could be damaged. Rubbish seconds I thought. So I bought a brand NEW 40GB Maxtor and this is doing the same. At first it loaded windows up to the point where the blue bar scrolls accross the bottom and then it freezes. I tried to delete the partition and then reformat and re install windows. Now all I get is bad partition message, disc may be damaged etc. This can't happen on 2 discs, can a faulty installation somehow damage the hard disk beyond repair?

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Dead Hard drive or not?

I've had bad RAM do that before, not with the faulty hd errors, but with inconsistent install behavior.
I suggest downloading memtest86 as well as drive diagnostic tools for your hds. Run them both (seperately) and you will likely find your culprit.

My bet is on the RAM either being bad (or mixed brands/timings), or not liking your motherboard.
 

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I have a Maxtor 60gb drive that will not boot. It just goes into the page for safe mode etc.nothing works from here it goes round in circles. The motor can be heard running. I have read that a new matching PCB may help. Has anyone had experience of fitting such a board and did it work? Many thanks Dave

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

Is this a drive that is fitted into your PC that you are trying to read or is it an external drive fitted into a caddy? Are you trying to read the data on the drive or use it for booting up a PC? Are you trying to replace the circuit board that is part of the drive?

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Emachines
model: W3622
80gb hdd
512 mb ram i believe.





Well long story short a family friends computer died on them. All it does is keep restarting over and over. I can get to the "start in safe mode/last good configuration menu" but neither options ever load all the way. the System Recovery stalls and never works either past the loading screen.

When i try to reformat I put in the disk for reformatting, its like it reads the cd but where you would say y/n its blank and guys straight to system recovery.


I'm thinking its a broken hard drive but it doesnt make any funny sounds and i hear it spin on start up. At least i think i hear it spin help please?
 

Answer:Help please could my hard drive be dead?

Try these two excellent diagnostic tools:

Please run Memtest on your Ram

Please run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive
 

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Well I have a problem, I have a hard drive. It booted up once no problem, logged in, but later on when I came back the screen was different and what it looked like was that the computer was going threw a setup of some kind but it looked like it was locked up, so I manuelly turned it off but when turning it back on it said "insert disk drive". From my experience I'd say my hard is shot but I need more opinions. Thanx.
 

Answer:Need To Know If Hard Drive Is Possible Dead!

I am not a computer person... so this is a LAST RESORT suggestion, but a tech guy worked on a friend's machine where the hard drive was acting wierd and after trying everything else... he took out the hard drive and gave it a very light tap against the desk on the back corner (power suply plug area.) It worked after he did that, but he said it was a temporary fix at best and odds are it would mess up again. ((That was five years ago... later my friend gave me the computer and I am on it now... so far so good. *Knock on wood.))

Just thought it might help if ALL ELSE fails first.

Good luck.
 

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hi, i don't know what happened, but i was watching a video and half way through, it crashed, saying some cyclic redundancy error message or something. and then shortly after that, i got the blue screen of death. i paid no attention to it and rebooted my computer. after i rebooted my
computer, it would load up to the windows logon screen
(where you select the user name and type in password)
and then freeze. all i get is a blue screen with the
windows logo after rebooting several more times, i
finally got the blue screen with this error:

STOP: c000021a {fatal system error}
The Windows Logon Process system process terminated
unexpectedly with a status of 0xc0000006 (0x00000000
0x00000000)
The system has been shut down.

i ran chkdsk to attempt to repair any possible errors,
and then rebooted. after that, i booted windows normally
and a blue screen came up and mentioned something about
checking my disks (another form of chkdsk?). well, it
went through and start repairing files and inserting
files into other files (it actually said inserting file
into xxx). but after that, it still froze up at the
windows logon. i ran chkdsk yet again, but it was weird.
after it got to about 70%, it reseted back to 50% and
took abou 2 hrs to go up 1%. I left it on overnight and
it was finished the next day. I again attempted to boot
into windows through safe mode, but it froze, so i turned
off my computer, and tried booting into windows normally.
this time, i got a little... Read more

Answer:possible dead hard drive?

thanks for the help. i have a laptop though, so, can you tell me how i would install another hard drive as a slave? thanks
 

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Hello, just earlier I tried to COPY a large amount of MP3's in one folder, and put them into another (approx 1200 megs).

An error pops up saying

Error: Cannot copy file x, cyclic reduncancy check.
What the heck is up with this? Also this is my slave Hard Drive, a 60 GIG Maxtor at 7200RPM. It is only half full, and I have 512 RAM and an AMD Athlon 2100.

The hard drive is less than a year old by the way. So is my precious hard drive dieing, or is there something else that could be wrong? I would really hate to lose all the stuff I have on there...
 

Answer:Is My Hard Drive Going Dead?

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Since I didn't know where to put this thread, I put it here.

My second hard drive has failed completely, and it had my games on it. I tried to install the games on the main hard drive, but it still thinks they are on the failed hard drive, and so it can't install them without unistalling them from the failed drive, so it tries to find the unistall or the game on the failed drive, but it can't, because it's dead. Is their anything I can do to get them off of the failed drive and install them onto the main drive?

Simplified: My games are stuck on the dead hard drive, and I can get them off it because it tries to uninstall them from the dead drive. How do I get the games off it and onto the working drive?
 

Answer:Hard drive is dead, need help!

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Question: Hard drive dead?

My computer gave me the blue screen of death, and would not boot. I got it to where I was installing XP, and it gets to "35 minutes remaining" and locks up. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive dead?

welcome to tsf

try the install with 1 stick of ram only, no ethernet card, unplug all but 1 rom,
and make sure your video card is fully seated>
give us your system specs including your power supply

post back

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I have two hard drives. One is my windows / program drive, where as the other is my bulk storage. Today my storage drive disappeared from my computer, did not show up in device manager. I opened the computer case up and swapped out cables to see if that fixed the problem and it didn't. I listened closely to the drive while running and I can hear is spin up fast, then it clicks, then it slows down, and repeats. Is this drive dead? If so, is there any way I can retrieve information off of it? I have had this drive for about a year and a half now. I am running windows 7. Any advice? Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Answer:Is my hard drive dead?

Chances are it's dying or dead already. A slow clicking noise is not a good sign. If you go into the BIOS does it recognize the drive? If the system doesn't see it at all there's not much you can do other than trying a recovery program but that won't be of any help if the drive can't be accessed.
 

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Hey Guys,
So My bosses hard drive at work just all of the sudden died on her heres what happened, she was online and then clicked a link and the computer froze so she restarted it. Then when she tried to turn it back on the computers power light was flashing orange. So what i did is put the hard drive in another computer to eliminate any problem with the motherboard, etc. When I put it in it said "Disk Read Error Press Ctrl, alt, delete to restart" and thats all it does. She had 7 years of work on there, so pretty much her whole career, with no current backup. Im gonna try some more stuff tomorrow, but i could really use some advice from you guys!!

Thanks so much!!

-Mike

Answer:Dead Hard Drive!!!!!HELP!!

Hi!
What brand/model is the HDD? You can download diagnostic tools from most HDD manufacturers.

Nicholas

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My Dad's gone and wrecked his hard drive by shutting down while running Norton Antivirus. After that he kept getting the blue screen of death. There wasn't anything to back up, so I just went straight to fdisk to completely repartition and reformat it, but his 160GB drive was only showing up as 21.5GB. I checked this with the partitioning software from windows XP and Debian Linux and both of those recognised the full drive. I partitioned it into two 80GB partitions with XP and went back to fdisk which told me that there were two 40GB partitions and the total disk size was 21.5GB. I used sys C: from win98 boot disk and MBRtool to replace the master boot record and tried fdisk again but still 21.5GB. I just downloaded [email protected] Killdisk from here and zeroed the entire drive but it still shows up as 21.5GB on fdisk.
I'm beginning to suspect a head crash or some other mechanical failure but only DOS based stuff has a problem with the drive. Also I don't really want to tell him his drive's dead. He's only had it a few weeks and didn't keep the receipt like I told him to.
Any other suggestions or advice?

His PC:
AMD Athlon 2000+
A Bit VA-20 mainboard
384MB RAM
160GB Samsung hard drive
Windows 98
 

Answer:Is This Hard Drive Dead?

Cade said:



My Dad's gone and wrecked his hard drive by shutting down while running Norton Antivirus. After that he kept getting the blue screen of death. There wasn't anything to back up, so I just went straight to fdisk to completely repartition and reformat it, but his 160GB drive was only showing up as 21.5GB. I checked this with the partitioning software from windows XP and Debian Linux and both of those recognised the full drive. I partitioned it into two 80GB partitions with XP and went back to fdisk which told me that there were two 40GB partitions and the total disk size was 21.5GB. I used sys C: from win98 boot disk and MBRtool to replace the master boot record and tried fdisk again but still 21.5GB. I just downloaded [email protected] Killdisk from here and zeroed the entire drive but it still shows up as 21.5GB on fdisk.
I'm beginning to suspect a head crash or some other mechanical failure but only DOS based stuff has a problem with the drive. Also I don't really want to tell him his drive's dead. He's only had it a few weeks and didn't keep the receipt like I told him to.
Any other suggestions or advice?

His PC:
AMD Athlon 2000+
A Bit VA-20 mainboard
384MB RAM
160GB Samsung hard drive
Windows 98Click to expand...

Did you try a low level format (it erases everything on the hard drive including the boot record), if so then i would say the hard drive is history.
 

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In the process of panicking over removing a fake spyware programme (see earlier post) I knocked over my 'Western Digital Elements 1TB External Hard Drive'. It now won't show up as a drive. the lights are on but the drive doesn't respond. Thankfully we have a second back up drive, but is that it? Its only a couple of months old! Are they that easy to damage? It fell from the top of the pc tower on to the floor. (pc tower is also on the ground)

Answer:Ex. Hard drive dead

Unlucky if drive is damage they do not like shocks such as a fall
If your lucky drive is OK but power system is damaged try removing drive from case and fit either direct to a spare sata port in your PC or by another case to put it in link text

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Dear Forum MembersI am asking this question on behalf of my Uncle as his Advent Win98 SE 64MB Ram PC is not booting to Windows 98 SE, and a 30GB Maxtor Hard drive.I have tried to fix the problem but only receive the message; "No Fixed Disk Present"I have tried to use Fdisk, and Format C:.However, I am unable to do this or access the hard drive.I am hoping it is something I am not doing correctly and not another hard drive failure, (As the previous PC World hard drive packed up last year, and the PC is only two years old)>I would be very grateful for any advice form members.Thanking you in advanceNick Name Noname

Answer:Is this a dead hard drive?

Check in the BIOS to see if the Hard Disk type is set to Auto. If it isn't, set it to Auto.If it's set to Auto, and the drive is still not detected, check the IDE (flat grey ribbon) cable to it. If there is a CD-ROM or another drive on the same cable, remove the cable from the other drive and recheck. Also remove the cables and refit (don't take them out of the case - simply take off each end, and push back on). Make sure you try a different power plug too. If you have another IDE cable, try that too.If all the above fails, then you probably have a faulty Hard Drive.

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Question: Dead hard drive?

So I turned off my computer earlier and when I came back and started it up it failed to boot. It displayed that I didn't have any drives to boot from/repair and through the command prompt it showed that none of the disks have data or partitions and trying to install Windows 7 fails. I got this computer ~8 years ago so I'm kind of suspecting the hard drive might be dead. Would it be beneficial for me to buy a new hard drive to fix this or could this be caused by something else?
 

Answer:Dead hard drive?

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Question: Hard Drive Dead?

So my hard drive stopped working yesterday and my computer isn't recognizing it anymore. I have a bunch of things that I need to transfer on that hard drive to the other including my internet connection, sound software, and other things that I no longer have cds for.

Can I transfer my files from my dead hard drive or do I have to start over?
Or do you guys have any ideas on how to fix the hard drive.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Dead?

They are two thing you could do first is find a compagny that recover data from dead harddisk but this cost an arm and a leg.....

Or buy a new one and start over....

But when the computer start if you put your hand on your harddisk can you feel a vibrations like the thing is turning or nothing at all.....
 

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I have a western digital 200gb SATA hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-144-153&depa=0
thats my hd.
My WD hd recently restarted on me while talking on aim, when it restarted it would freeze the moment windows xp professional started to load. I tried to go into recovery console and new installation using the win.xp professional cd but the moment i pressed the recovery console or tried to get into new installation/repair installion it would freeze. Is this a dead hard drive problem? i'd like to know if i'd be able to get a replacment
 

Answer:Hard drive dead or not?

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Here's the scoop. I turned my pc off last night and went to bed. Next morning I went to turn it on and noticed that the lights on the front of the tower were still on but the computer appeared to be turned off (no sounds). I turned the power off and then on (at the back of the tower) and tried turning it on again (at the front). Nothing. All the lights come on (internal and external), the fans run and the cd rom drive whirs (the others never made any noise that I could hear even when the computer worked).The screen remains black and in a hybernating mode. Is it my hard drive or my mobo? I admit that I use my pc alot (24/7) and was wondering if I burned my hard drive? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Answer:is my hard drive dead?

It could be your graphic card. As if a hard drive failure, then you would get a can't find disk message on your screen.It could also be that some of the components have worked them self loss, so need re-seating.If this doesn't resolve anything, try your graphic card in another computerAlso check your cables from monitor to pc, never know these might have been pulled or worked lose.

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My ma's PC was throwing up error messages and there was loud clicking coming from the tower.It then rebooted but would not go beyond the initial start-up, saying:'no boot device found'.Tried to reinstall XP but it said there were no hard drives detected.Doesn't take Sherlock to deduce the HD is knackered.If I install a new HD I assume you can partition and format it by booting from the XP CD?I don't use XP, is it best to partition using NTFS on an XP machine?Also is it worth setting up the duff drive as a slave to see if I can salvage any data from it before binning it, using a recovery tool? Or was that ominous clicking sound indicative of a complete mechanical failure?

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

NTFS is the prefered choice with XP, yes you can boot straight from installation disk and it won't hurt to try putting the dead drive as slave you have nothing to loose and potentially something to gain if you have importent data on it.

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Question: Dead Hard Drive?

Hey guys,

Recently my laptop was smashed. I savaged the hard drive hoping there would be a small chance it might still work. I've gotten a new laptop, as well as a SATA to USB cable.

I've plugged in the cable, and the device driver installed however the hard drive doesn't appear under Explorer. I went to Disk Drive > Device Manager, and the drive shows up as a bunch of random characters. Under properties there is no information listed under Is this evidence that the HDD has suffered physical damage?

If so, does anyone know of any recovery methods?

Picture below, also when I powered up the drive, there's no clicking, everything sounds fine.

edit: Nevermind I just got it to appear,

Answer:Dead Hard Drive?

In the interest of others searching for solutions for the same issue, how did you solve your problem?

Thanks,
James

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Can anybody tell me where to go for help finding a used
PCB (printed circuit board)??

I have a 250gb WD (Western Digital) SATA Hard Drive
and I need a used PCB to "try" and recover very important data from.

Model: WD2500JD-75HBB0
Date: 22 NOV 2004
DCM: DSBHCTJAH
Firmware REV: A00

Thanks,

Rob
 

Answer:Dead Hard Drive..............

What everyone does, including the professionals, is to get an exact matching hard drive and use it for parts to rebuild (replace) the faulty bits. You won't find just the PCB. I don't know all the sources that pros develop and use but Ebay is one.
 

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Question: Hard Drive is dead

My HD is totally non-functional.  No access to resident Lenovo recovery tools. How do I obtain a Win 7 distro disk to reinstall the OS. or if necessary to fire up a new HD?

Answer:Hard Drive is dead

If you are still under warranty, you can still contact Lenovo support, and request a recovery disk. Describe your issue, and it should be free of charge. If you are outside of warranty, you can also call Lenovo and they can offer it, but you will have to pay for it. 

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Question: Dead hard drive

I have an IBM hard drive form 2000 that i am trying to fix for someone. the drive failed and i am trying to get data from it. it is an internal 30gb IDE hard drive. I put it into an external enclosure so that i could access it through windows xp. it sounds like the head is screwed up because it makes sounds. it sounds like the head wants to read the spinning disk but cant. windows does sees the drive but it is unable to access it because it seems like the head is messed up. is there anyway to get data from it or is it doomed?
 

Answer:Dead hard drive

Dont go any further ist dead
 

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I am a dab hand at home DIY but my PC skills are limited. When I start my pc I get the message 'invalid system disc' and the cd ROM light flashes. Having tried to reset, it goes into BIOS where I have fumbled around with setting the HDD as the primary source. Having saved these settings, and trying to boot up again I get a message that this source is not available. Any advice out there?

Answer:Is my hard drive dead?

say how old, make, operating system, have u cleared floppy drive?sanap

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Hi,
I have a HDD (Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB) that has suddenly died on me.

The drive is not recognised either in the BIOS or in Windows 7. Additionally, the system refuses to boot when this particular drive is connected. I have tried changing data and power cables but that does not cause the drive to be recognised.

Strangely, Seagate's bootable firmware updater sees the drive and has updated the firmware from CC26 to CC29. The firmware updater reports the drive health status as being GOOD and the SMART status as HEALTHY.

This drive contains all of my financial and personal data, which I cannot afford to lose, and valuable irreplaceable pictures of the kids.

Is there anything I can try before I am forced to hand over the drive to a professional data recovery company?

Answer:Hard Drive Dead. Please Help

Please post information about your drives so that a member can determine if there is a misconfiguration. Having this information also makes it easier to a discuss course of action.
See: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

You could also try Minitool Partition Wizard (PW)
For a quick test, download the Home Edition, then post a screenshot of the initial PW screen.
See: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

The initial screen provides all the information needed at this point. If further action can be taken, it might be better to use the Bootable CD, download the ISO from the link above (at the bottom of the downloads page)and burn it to a disc (CD is fine - it's small enough)

Is this an internal or external drive?

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my Sony A197 XP laptop comes on with a black "American Mega Trends" info screen. This, after various disk drive information says, "Pri Master Bad S.M.A.R.T. Status B>A>D> Back up and replace. I'm stumped. what can I do. I've tried booting from the install disc, etc. but nothing happens.

Answer:dead hard drive

If you do not have OS CD and programs you will Have to Add this price to the New Drive you need

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Got a call from a client in a panic tonight - BOOT FAILURE.

Went over for a look and sure enough it was searching the boot device list and not finding an IDE device. Booted from a Win98se boot diskette and it assigned C: to the virtual drive, which tells me there ain't no brown n' round spinning in this box.

However, she tells me everything was fine until she tried to power down and back up.

If the drive is dead how come she was able to operate until the power up sequence?

Is it possible this drive might still be alive?
 

Answer:Is this hard drive REALLY dead?

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So the secondary hard drive on my comp is having some problems. First I notice a bunch of data missing from the drive, and then I reboot my comp and find when I double click on the drive a message window pops up that says: "Drive not formatted. Would you like to format now?"

*sigh* Anyway to retrieve this data?

Answer:Is my hard drive dead?

you could try a linux boot disk like knoppix, to try and recover...it sounds almost as if the index file is bad or corrupted

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Question: Dead Hard Drive?

While on the internet on my other computer, the screen went distorted and then black. I shut it off at the surge protector. Now when I to turn it on, only the fans and thinking light seem to be working.Any help would be appreciated.Martin

Answer:Dead Hard Drive?

What is "thinking" light?

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Question: Dead Hard drive?

Alright here's the deal. Had a string of bad luck this week...

Earlier this week I had a failure with my back up hard drive. I ordered a new one right away and started to move my files to my computer so I'd have a backup for the time being (I'm usually a freak about keeping a backup for this reason...). Long story short, my dog then proceeded to trip over the cord while I was in the kitchen and knocked my second external over. It didn't fall off of the table, but just landed hard on the table. It then locked up my PC. I turned off the drive and rebooted my machine. Then it wouldn't recognize the drive and this is where the **** started. It would hum (not sure if it was really louder than normal because I have music or tv on), but every 5-10 seconds, it would make a sound like a soft beep. So I unplugged it, tried it on another machine with the same results. I removed the drive from the external casing and tried it in a DrivX Hard Drive caddy again with the same results.

From here I opened to hard drive (yes I know my warranty is voided) and there were no scratches on the platter and the head arm was resting toward the center of the platter.

So my question for you guys is...am I screwed? Someone mentioned that my PCB board may be bad. Would this be the case if the drive still spins up? I found an exact replacement on eBay for 40 bucks and want to know if it's worth it. I will mention that I have EVERYTHING on this drive. 1000's of pictures, music...you know the dril... Read more

Answer:Dead Hard drive?

I would try replacing the PCB board.

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So my old 250 GB hard drive that came with my computer is acting a little strange. It makes a strange beeping noise when I turn on the computer, and if I let it try to start up I get a "disk boot failure, insert disk and press enter" (but I think this is because of my other HD). Also when I go into the boot menu it doesn't appear in the hard drive group, just my 750 GB Western Digital.

I've heard of the "click of death" and I'm suspecting that it's dead. Just wondering if it really is.
Thanks
 

Answer:Dead Hard Drive?

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Hi, yesterday my hard drive broke so I need to get a new one, while I'm waiting, can I install windows from my USB on the same USB? In other words, how can I choose how big a partition is?

Answer:Dead Hard drive? Use USB?

Quote:





Originally Posted by zaka100


Hi, yesterday my hard drive broke so I need to get a new one, while I'm waiting, can I install windows from my USB on the same USB? In other words, how can I choose how big a partition is?




Windows (by default) cannot install to detachable media, even if it recognizes it as a "USB HDD".

Why not just use Ubuntu til you get a new hard drive?

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Question: Hard drive dead?

Well no one in the Windows forum answered me, so I'll try here.Woke up in the morning, turned on the computer. Hal.dll was missing or corrupt, couldn't boot. Considering I didn't do anything to remotely cause this, I didn't have much faith.Tried several things after booting from a windows disk, such as expanding hal.dll (access denied), and bootcfg /rebuild (failed to complete), chkdsk (found errors and froze).Decided to try to reinstall Windows, it did not find my pre-existing Windows installed and I only have an upgrade CD (I think) so I can't try to install it until I get a full copy but even then I don't think it will work.Hard drive shot; Yes/No?Windows XP SP2Custom built computer over 3 years old

Answer:Hard drive dead?

download disc utilities from the hdd manufacturer, check with it

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hi, Yesterday my Seagate hard drive failed. Its nearly 6 years old so it was bound to happen. but i was wondering if theres anyway to get the data off the broken hard drive without having to pay people in technical labs to do it or fix the drive.

Im not sure wether the its spinning and the magnetic head is stuck or its not spinning and the head is trying to read.

If it helps its a seagate "U series 5" only 20 gb but i have important data on it. Ive been running it as slave on Windows XP. Just before it failed Windows wanted to run scan disk on the drive but after that took over an hour without completing i cancelled it, which is probably why it died.

Thanks in advance
woody
 

Answer:Dead Hard Drive

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Switched on my pc earlier and all I get is beeeeeep beeeeep beeeep beeeeep beeeeep beeeeep, and a black screen. Fans are running and optical drives are alive. System is athlon2500, k7s41gx mobo with 256 ram and maxtor 80gb H/D.

Answer:Is my hard drive dead.

how many beeps?

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Question: Hard drive dead

My roommate's computer picked up a bevy of viruses and probably a worm or two. Before she told me about it, the system died. It won't boot to the OS (XP) and I was wondering if anyone could aid and abet the issue. We are money strapped and I am trying to circumvent a costly fix. I saw a trojan virus and the registry was totally infected. I ran the spyware off of Yahoo and ran Norton's, but it died before we could do anything. I have been reading the other posts. I got the free ringtones, ran every virus scan I could, but nothing stopped it. The virus scan from Yahoo showed 2606 events.
 

Answer:Hard drive dead

Hi,
I'm not sure if you can get the system running or not? You say it died then you say you ran some scans.
So if you are able to ,I think you need to post a HJT (HijackThis) log and let a qualified member (gold shield next to their name) take you through what needs to be done. I suggest you print off this guide, just in case ....
Please go no further than the stages listed here for now.
Using Hijackthis with the self-installer that puts it into Program Files for you:

go to Click here to download HJTsetup.exe

Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.
Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Additional Tasks dialogue.

Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.

Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.

Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then save the log and then the log will open in Notepad.

Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

Once you've posted that log here you'll need to wait for a qualified member to take you through the next stages.

Richard.
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I have an ASUS f8v model laptop. Its worked great for 5 years. I don't usually turn the thing off it is allways on. When I sleep I close the lid and I have it set so all that does is turn off the LCD screen so in the morning I can just open the laptop lid and presto I can do what I want.

Lately though for about the last week or so. When I wake up and decide to open the laptop to my suprise it is shut down. So I got to start it up. It gets to the ASUS screen then where it is supposed to say Windows 7 Loading I just get the - cursor at the top left of the screen blinking away for around 30 seconds. Then It says something about the boot device/info Isn't working/corrupt etc.

I opened it up thinking It was a loose HD (I am computer savy I can build them) and it wasn't really loose. It still wouldnt even enter the loading windows screen. Oddly enough a few more tries later and it loaded windows and everything seemed normal. So a few days pass and all is working great. I wake up and its powered off again and the same thing, couple trys to turn it on and it works. Now though I woke up to it shut off and It will not get to the loading windows screen. WILL NOT. I tried many times.

My asus laptop has some weird built in recovery to it. I try that and It says "recovery in progress"... 0%" after about 5 minutes (still 0%) all i see in giant red letters is ERROR. So something is clearly wrong. I checked the BIOS and everything is fine in there.

I found an DELL windows X... Read more

Answer:Is my hard drive dead?

See if you can get the error details by following the steps below.
1.Turn the laptop on
2 Repeated tap F8 after pressing the Power button
3.At the Advanced Option screen select Disable Automatic Restart
4.Know when the laptop starts you should get the BSOD error details

Test the hard drive using the manufacturer diagnostics. You can get the diagnostics files here

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i m using dell system optiplex GX150 (quite old one)
and now a days i m facing a problem regarding my hd.
whenever i starts my comp.
i simply got an error like this

"DELL'S DISK MONITORING SYSTEM HAS DETECTED THAT DRIVE 0 ON THE PRIMARY EIDE CONTROLLER IS OPERATING OUTSIDE OF NORMAL SPECIFICATIONS. IT IS ADVISABLE TO IMMEDIATELY BACK UP YOUR DATA AND REPLACE YOUR HARD-DRIVE BY CALLING YOUR SUPPORT DESK OR DELL COMPUTER CORPORATION.

STRIKE THE F1 KEY TO CONTINUE, F2 TO RUN SETUP UTILITY

When i press f1

DISK READ ERROR OCCURRED PRESS CTRL+ALT+DEL TO RESTART "

and most imp. thing is that my harddisk keep ticking i.e. constantly give tick - tick sound.

as i myself have a gud hardware knowledge which says that it is dead.

if i send it to DELL for repairing they will surely replace it wid new one and also take minimum of 15 -20 days.
i have much imp. data in this HD.
so i dont want to loose it . now i dont have a comp. to work on and i m using LAPTOP of my frnd.
now i m typing this in my mobile.
THE most strange thing is that this prob. occures suddenly when i doing sum work on it and it suddenly hangs and got off and after it doesnt START.


NOW THESE FORUMS ARE MY LAST HOPE.

much help appreciated .
plz plz frndz help me.

i wud be grateful to u all plz.

Answer:Is my hard-drive dead???

Well with clicking noises your assumption is correct that the drive has most likely failed.

Perhaps it is time for the freezer trick.
Do not laugh I am serious.
Pull the hard drive and put it in a plastic bag in the freezer for around an hour.
Have a hard drive or cd's ready to receive your important data. USB hard drive is the best.
Plug it back in and get as much data off of it as you can. If you are lucky you may have 15 minutes.
Sometimes you can repeat this process 3 or 4 times and it does not work for all types of drive failures.

If not it is pay the high price of pro data recovery where they pull the platters and do it that way.

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Good day to all, A year and a half ago my T42 hard drive crashed.  At the time I ordered a new hard drive and recovery disks and then let it all sit for 18 months because I was using my desktop.  Now I'm trying to make it work. Current issue: The new drive, which I just took out of its packaging yesterday, does not seem to work at all.  It does not spin up and is unrecognized by the Lenovo hard drive firmware update utility.  The drive is a Western Digital WD800BEVE. One note: I do not have the drive caddy yet.  Would not having this keep the drive from powering up?  It slots in and the pins seat just fine as is. Many thanks for your assistance. Best regards,Martin

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Welcome to the forum!The drive that is not completely secured in its slot with both caddy and cover is likely to remain "unseen" by the system, not to mention the fact that you may bend pins or damage the motherboard side by inserting it in such a fashion.Once you have all the parts in place, it will likely work just fine.Good luck and keep us posted.

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