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#1 bigmel

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:43 AM

I have a dell that won't boot. sata failure. I get a screen saying hit F1 to reboot or F2 for set up. I been in set up trying to boot from different areas but nothing. Is the hard drive done? Is there anyway to retrieve files ?

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 12:25 PM

I have a dell that won't boot. sata failure

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

It's just a hunch.

But here is what I suggest you try.

Make sure the power is off and disconnected from the AC outlet first.

Try disconnecting the wires going to the drives and re-connecting them. This includes both the data cable and power wire coming from the PSU.

Then do the same on the motherboard end for the data cables.

Try restarting the computer and see if your drive now boots.

If not, then there is possible hard drive controller failure.

You may still be able to access the drive if failure is the case, but you would have to connect it to a bootable computer as a slave drive or secondary drive and transfer your files.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 06:40 PM

I have a dell that won't boot. sata failure

Please, post EXACT message.

I tried unpluging. no dice.

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Floppy diskette failure,
I press F1
SATA Primary HD Drive 0 Failure
I press F1
No Boot device.

I ran a Diagnostic bootable CD from WD support.
Command error 0132 came up ????

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:00 PM

Error 132 - Command Aborted. Please ensure that you are using the version of diagnostic utility corresponding to either newer or older Western Digital drives.
http://support.wdc.com/techinfo/general/errorcodes.asp

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:06 PM

The problem is, I can't find my HD number. WD400, WD caviar. It's also making a clicking sound.

If I install a aftermarket HD in a Dell, will it be a pain in the a@# ?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:09 PM

If it's making clicking noises, slave the drive in another computer to see, if you can any data back, before running any further tests.
It looks like the drive is a goner.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:27 PM

Thanks for all the help guys. You are the best.

One question, when a HD clicks , what is broken?
Of course, I had to take it apart to see what was inside....LOL, It seems like when the little arm moves it makes the noise.

I'm just wondering?

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:38 PM

Clicking noise comes from reading head hitting hard drive platters.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:11 AM

Thanks again, I replaced the hard drive and all is well

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 10:37 AM

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