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#1 Jove

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:02 AM

I read somewhere that an un level PC tower can be the reason for failed HD, . .

is that actually so, . . if it is, . . would that also apply to tilting the PC in order to switch cables in the rear, . . like for example working on a PC with one monitor and frequently positioning the PC by tilting it to do so ?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:07 AM

I guess it is possible, but seriously doubt it. I have seen OEM PCs with the drive(s) mounted vertically as opposed to horizontal.

I could see tilting the machine having more affect on the seek\read\write arm then the platters. But I would think it may only be a problem if the moves were sudden or the machine was jarred.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:19 AM

Thank you, I have also read that a hard drive has survived a hit like falling off a bed onto a hard wood floor, . . so I guess it depends on the geometry and physics of the shock, . . in any case, I did jar the PC a tad when I could not open the tower up, but then again I did get the PC started afterward and so on, . . now the ominous clicking sound and bleak monitor screen seems to be telling me that the HD has decided to give up the ghost.

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:26 AM

The clicking sound is usually a dead give-away. Then again I have seen PCs that have the click of death but continue to function for indefinite periods of time.

The bleak screen could be a number of things. Including a pending monitor back light failure. Do you have another machine you can plug the monitor into to test it?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:28 AM

The monitor is OK ?

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:41 AM

The monitor is OK ?



Just not sure what you meant by "bleak monitor screen".

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Posted 21 October 2009 - 12:42 PM

Hard drives can be used vertically or horizontally. I've seen cases and successfully used them both ways. In fact half the servers I have sitting in the room next to me have hard drives set vertically. Chances are it was a crap hard drive to begin with and it just now started to show, or it was brought on by a major bump or something. Either way I would get a new hard drive, it's not like they're very expensive I mean newegg.com sells em $100 by the TB so I wouldn't be to worried about it.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:02 PM

OK, I loaded in a Hard drive I had in a Ext. Drive Case, for some reason the cheap E.Case stopped working and I did not want to take the chance of loading that drive into a PC for fear of damaging
the PC, (paranoid), . . but I have it in the DELL dimension 2350, and I am getting,

Broadcom UNDI , PXE-21 (build 082) V1.0.3
Copyright 2002- 2003Broadcom Corp.

Copyright 1997 - 2000 Intel Corp.


PXE -E61 : test failure, Check Cable

PXE-M0F - Exiting Broadcom ROM
No Boot Device Detected, Insert
System Disk and Press F1 to continue or press F10 to setup menue

I did go to setup menu and not being really sure what to boot from I checked to set optimum defaults and saved it, not sure if that exactly was the right thing to do.

but it did not work when I rebooted I came back to the black screen with the above message.

Anybody have any educated guesses ?

Edited by Jove, 22 October 2009 - 04:06 PM.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:09 PM

Is the drive cable a PATA (wide and probably gray) or SATA (about an inch wide and may be any color)?

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:15 PM

Grey Thin red line on edge letters after long number; BRD

I did change the position of the little pin cover to the location of the previous HD, but the space where those pins are connect nothing .

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:24 PM

It is possible that the HD may have been used to store data, (Files) and may not have had an OS loaded onto it, . . I am not sure if I did that, . . it was a while back but it is something I would have done if it was possible, . . might that show up like this ?

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:41 PM

Can I load this HD into my other PC and switch it with the Slave Drive, (E) to see what's

on it ?

Without danger of damage ! ?

Edited by Jove, 22 October 2009 - 04:43 PM.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:16 PM

Either the HD I am using is bad or the PC is not recognizing it I am being told two things,
The HD is not connected properly etc.

and the HD has failed, but this is after the WXP set up gets started etc, that starts after
config. is inspected ??

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:27 PM

Grey Thin red line on edge letters after long number; BRD

I did change the position of the little pin cover to the location of the previous HD, but the space where those pins are connect nothing .



That is probably the problem. If the drives are two different makes then the jumper need`s to be in a different position. Some where on the drive should be a label showing the position needed to make it the Master. Which it needs to be to load and run the OS.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:42 PM

When I turn the PC on I get some rapid clicks but they finally stop, and have tried to load reinstallation disc, keep getting HD failure or can not find HD, however I am getting a blue screen

0x00000007F

so there must be a remnant of the HD still in existence, . .

I am unsure of what I can do next, . . I think that this HD is shot to, . .however if there is a chance I can bring it back to workable, . . . would like to.

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