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I have a windows XP computer. It is an AcerPower S220
Bios is Phoenix -AwardBIOS version R01-B0
SMBIOS version 2.3
Motherboard ID is E45M
I have 2 Hardrives both of them are 80 GB Barracuda 7200.7
A few days ago an employee was unable to to bootup their computer and would get the error "verifying dmi pool data" and would sometimes get update success or not and would display Boot from CD: and give a boot disk failure. I was asked to look into it so I looked into the BIOS setting and it could not detect the hard drive even if I asked it to find it. IDE Primary Master was listed as none and so where the others.
I swapped out the drive with an exact same one and it was able to boot up and detect the drive in BIOS and bootup normally. Well there was another problem with unable to detect the local network but that is probably a separate issue.
Anyway the drive contains some data that is needed so I decided to turn it into a slave drive so I took out the pin to the old one and made the new hard drive the master.
When I tried to bootup it would create the same problem. No hard drive was detected and I would get the "verifying dmi pool data error". Neither drive could be found. No matter which drive was set as slave or master and no matter which way the ATA cable was connected. It would not detect the hard drives. Only if the good drive was put in would it detect it and boot up normally. I tried resetting to factory defaults but it gave the same results.
I also tried a different computer and the bad drive gave the same results.
How can I access the data on the bad drive? Thanks for any help.
Edited by hamluis, 05 October 2012 - 04:56 PM.