My wife has had my computer for the last six months while I've been working away from home. When I get back to it, it's hanging up periodically. It would be a random hang up EXCEPT when I would run Disk Scan - then it would ALWAYS hang. So, over the weekend, I tried running Disk Defrag. When I got back home to it, my cursor was blinking in the top left corner of a blank monitor.
I removed the drive and brought it to work where I have access to some crack IT guys. Looks like my boot sector is visible, but there is no directory tree to access files and I can't even seem to get a letter assignment out of the drive.
Took it to Circuit City with the same results. Then took it across the street to a shady little place called Dr. Dan. From a back room, he claimed that he got it to boot to the desktop three times in a row, but then could not access any programs.
The error? 1720 - SMART hard drive detect imminent failure. Attribute #01.
I'm sure the drive is close to full failure. I'd like to get the data off of it and onto a clean, new HD, but if I can't even see the drive, am I hosed?
My computer: eMachines T2779. OS: Win XP Home. Memory 256 MB. HD: 80 GB WD800.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Money IS an issue. TIME is NOT. I'll do anything until my options run out, but I don't want to have to spend $500.
Thanks in advance,
Edited by VentureForth, 03 October 2005 - 06:44 PM.