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Hard drive has done a vanishing act =O

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#1 Guest_danbrownlow_*


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Posted 08 August 2009 - 01:01 PM

Hey all, I've been using Windows 7 since it got released as public beta and I've had no problems until now.

I started my computer up and got an error saying it couldn't find the file NTDLR. I knew this is most likely caused when windows boots from the "wrong" drive so I unplugged my external and tried again.

This time it went straight to booting from disk. After a quick look in BIOS I discovered my Internal HDD wasn't even listed.. and couldn't been seen even using the auto detect features.

I've checked all the cables and nothing seems to be out of place, and there were no warning signs that the drive was failing so could there be anything else wrong with the drive?

Thanks for any help people,

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 03:04 PM

Some thoughts.

It could be a bad drive, could be a bad cable, power supply, or motherboard.

If you feel comfortable, here's some suggestions:
1. Try plugging the HDD data cable into another port on the motherboard...or even another set if you have more than 1 set.
2. Try a different power cable and a different data cable.
3. Try the HD on another machine if you're able.

The combination of those should help to narrow it down. If you try #3 and can't read from it, then something wrong with the HD. If not, you can diagnose the issue on your machine.

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