Posted 12 October 2010 - 02:00 PM
I have a 4yr old HP Pavilion desktop, running Win XP with SP3. The computer is usually left running 24/7. Last night, I decided (for no particluar reason) to turn it off when I was done. Used the Start button, told it to shut down, and left for bed.
Tried to start the computer this afternoon, and there's a loud clicking coming from the HDD. Fans run fine, power supply seems fine, monitor is working ok. It brings up the initial blue Intel screen, tries about 3 cycles of clicking (clicks maybe 6 or 8 times), then goes to a black screen which says:
"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
I made 3 recovery disks for the computer when I bought it. I inserted the first one, and got an error about the partition.
However, there is data on this that I really don't want to lose. Is there any way to get this up and running one more time??
All of my photos are on another HDD (I was using the C drive to only run software, and datafiles were stored on a separate drive that I put in), but hubby started using the PC about a month ago, and some of his work stuff is on there, and of course he's facing client deadlines.
I'm fully prepared to look for a new PC, but would really like help in trying to salvage what is on this clicking drive, if possible. It's a 500Gb drive, as supplied by HP. I don't know anything more than that about it.
Thank you kindly,