Posted 22 August 2012 - 03:17 AM
I returned from a 10 day vacation to find that when I started up my computer, it would not boot, giving an error of:
SATA Primary hard disk drive 0 failure
Press F1 to continue, F2 for setup utility
There is also a new clicking noise (hard drive, I presume?)
I found an old Ubuntu 9.10 CD I made a few years ago and was able to run Ubuntu from the CD.
In Ubuntu, under Places - Computer, I don't see my hard drive listed, which is disheartening. I do see a Ghost drive listed.
I'm trying to find a way to get some important files off of the hard drive.
Of note, about a week before I left for vacation, I got a malware infection (Windows Live Security Platinum) which I am pretty confident I had vanquished thanks to help from posts on this site. My computer was working normally for 4 consecutive days prior to leaving town, without any evidence of persistent malware infection.
Any advice as to how to access data from the apparently failing/failed hard drive?
BTW the clicking stopped a few minutes after loading Ubuntu.
Thanks in advance.