That hard drive might not be salvageable. I have moved your PM here and created a topic for you. The reason is that I am far from a hardware expert and we can benefit from the input from our members!
I came across your advise on installing puppy linux (after 2 days of having nightmares) to recover files from my now dead hard disk.
And would appreciate further details on recovering my files.( please..! please...!)
I've already bought a new samsung 160G hard disk as primary . And when I load with my old hard disk, it won't load anything except
3rd master hard disk SMART Status Bad
do you think I have a fair chance at saving my files...??? and could you give me a detailed step so I don't do anything wrong...?
What I understand so far is..
1. Download Puppy Linux
2. Burn ISO CD Disc.. (dvd disc would be ok right?)
3. Load the disc to computer and get into BIOS to boot from CD
4. Reboot PC
5. Puppy Linux will launch ( and I follow the instructions?)
6. The OS will appear & I have to mount the drive on the left hand side below to HOPEFULLY access it.
7. Then still HOPEFULLY transfer them precious files to my new hard disk
8. Then swear to deligently backup my files from this day onwards...
Looking foward, eagerly (no pressure at all), though patiently .. to your reply...
Booting with Linux to retrieve data from your hard drive is worth a shot though. I will let the experts weigh in to see what is actually wrong with the HDD in the first place.
Here is another option...
Try using Knoppix, a bootable disk. From it, we might be able to access your harddrive.
From a working computer download and install IMGBurn.
Download Knoppix 5.1.1 to your desktop.
Open IMGBurn via the newly created icon on your desktop, or by pointing to Start->All Programs->ImgBurn->ImgBurn
Push the large "Write image file to disk" button.
Right under "Source" and next to "Please select a file" push the button.
Browse to and select the Knoppix image file on your desktop.
Place a blank CD-R into your clean system's CD Burner, and press the large button that looks like a page going into a CD in the bottom left of IMGBurn.
Now place this CD into your computer. Configure the system to boot from CD. You can usually do this by pressing F10, F11, or F12 (try all of them if unsure) to bring up configuration options, and select CDRom as your boot device. Some machines will automatically attempt boot from the CD if one is inserted.
When you see this screen,
Press enter, and wait for Knoppix to boot.
On Knoppix' desktop, you should see an icon for your hard disk (Looks like .)
Right click the drive if it appears and is accessible , and select "Change Read\Write Mode". Press "Yes" at the prompt.
When your done press the large K button in the lower left corner of the screen, and select Log Out...
Then press "Turn off computer".
Now remove the knoppix disk from your CD drive when asked, and turn your system back on.
Hope that helps,