Possible hardrive failure


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Old 04-06-10, 11:14 PM
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Possible hardrive failure

My moms computer is dead. it gives this error on startup after trying to boot.

Disk boot failure insert system disk
i hear the hard drive spin up then it goes click click then whines down.

i insert the recover disk and it gives this error

No hard drive found PC recovery cannot be continued
i removed the hard drive and do not hear anything broken. I check the cables reconnected everything same error.
 
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Old 04-07-10, 03:34 AM
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Is it a desktop or laptop?
 
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Old 04-07-10, 06:45 AM
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Yup, sounds to me like the drive has failed. Good news is a new one should be less than $100 for a 500GB or more. Bad news is all your info that was not backed up is lost. If the drive is not too old (less than 5 years) it might be under warranty. I had a Seagate drive fail after two years and they replaced it for free. I still lost my stuff but for me, it is no big deal.
 
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Old 04-07-10, 01:27 PM
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its a desktop. it just went. it was fine earlyier computer was in sleep mode woke it up and it quit
 
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Old 04-07-10, 02:22 PM
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That can happen. I put mine in hibernation and when I came back the next day it was dead. No warning signs, no nothing. PPHPT! Dead.

Since it is a desktop it should be easy to install the new one. Bummer is you will have to reinstall windows and other programs.
 
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Old 04-07-10, 03:40 PM
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i have the recovery disks that i made so i dont have to reinstall windows. the disks have the OS in them.
 
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Old 04-24-10, 11:42 AM
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Just because Windows can't see the drive doesn't mean that the data is lost...
Software exists the can recover data regardless of a drive's status in Windows. (e.g. Ontrack)
If the drive is still functional, that is.

TIP: A free utility like SpeedFan can query the drive's SMART smart status and let you know about an impending failure.
The SMART feature is an option that can be turned off in the BIOS, so check and make sure that its enabled.
Also, you can download a bootable ISO from your drive's manufacturer that can test SMART status, do a low level format on the disk, etc. This is usually the same utyility that they want you to run on it to get an error code for an RMA # so a dead drive can be returned to manufacturer for replacement.
 
 

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