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#1 doubles69

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 05:48 PM

So my power supply overloaded the other day and went out on me. After replacing it, I began having issues booting my harddrive. I've since installed a backup harddrive and tried installing the original harddrive as a slave drive. I've even went so far as to buy an external converter thing that will allow me to plug in my original harddrive to USB.

Regardless, I'm still not able to access the information on the harddrive. When I plug it in via USB, it recognizes that the drive is there but will not let me open it. From the looks of things, it seems to only want to let me format the harddrive.

Is there any other possible way to salvage that data I have left on the HDD? I've got a number of things I'd really, really not want to lose.

For reference, the HDD is a Samsung SpinPoint SP0802N.

All help is VERY greatly appreciated.

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 06:50 PM

Here's a link to the Samsung diagnostic utility:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd...port_HUTIL.html

Simple questions first, with the drive as Master:
Is the drive recognized by the BIOS?
Does the drive spin up? (can you hear or feel it)

Lastly, are you familiar with Linux LiveCDs?

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Posted 13 May 2008 - 08:31 PM

You could try scanning the drive with PC Inspector to see if it can recover anything.
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Posted 16 May 2008 - 06:04 AM

I'd second the idea of linux LiveCD's they are a lifesaver!
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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:49 PM

Here's a link to the Samsung diagnostic utility:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd...port_HUTIL.html

Simple questions first, with the drive as Master:
Is the drive recognized by the BIOS?
Does the drive spin up? (can you hear or feel it)

Lastly, are you familiar with Linux LiveCDs?


I'm having similar issue. My drive is no recognized by the bios as a master or a slave. I can hear it spin up, and it sounds like it makes a beeping noise every now and then.......




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