Why do I care? Occasionally I'll be at a job site where a hard drive "dies." If it spins up, I'll take it home, run "Get Data Back" on it, and try to salvage any data I can from the drive. I've done it successfully with a SATA and an IDE in the past, but I've had this issue before; my old PC had three HDDs, one died. Same boot issue until I removed it. Ironically I didn't have this problem with my old PC's HDD on my new PC when I salvaged it.
Obviously it's Windows choking on it, but I don't know why or if I can bypass it.
*The BIOS recognizes the device, and in it's previous computer, it would actually begin to boot and come back with a HAL.DLL error. No, it's really dead, I ran an UBCD Seagate Tools test on it and it came up FAIL, constant hardware errors.
*There are no listed errors in event viewer,
*I haven't seen any logs crop up with messages.
*I don't have the cash on hand for new hardware, or I'd try an enclosure; I've got one for a SATA drive and one that converts SATA to IDE, but nothing the other way around.
*I've got some Linux live CDs if anyone knows any tricks with them. I'm a bit fuzzy on Linux though, so that'd have to be detailed.
Also, this'd be my first post except for the "How'd you get the name" post. This forum has given me loads of great answers, and I hope to contribute in the future. EDIT: Didn't realize where "Description" went. Won't make that mistake in the future.
Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum and edited out duplicate title in description . ~ Animal
Edited by Animal, 17 August 2008 - 04:55 PM.