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Hard Disk or Motherboard problem - how to recover data

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#1 mjabaley


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:24 PM

Hi, I have a Sony Vaio ~2003 vintage that is on its last legs.  The model number is PCV-1152 and it's running Windows XP Media Center Edition.


Problem is that the machine won't boot.  It makes a clicking sound (hard drive) when the VAIO screen is displayed, and then it brings up the American Megatrends bios results and goes silent with the following display:


Auto-Detecting Pri Master..ATAPI CD-ROM

Auto-Detecting Pri Slave..ATAPI CD-ROM

Auto-Detecting 3rd Master..IDE Hard Disk

Auto-Detecting 3rd Slave..IDE Hard Disk

Pri Master: Sony DVD RW DW-D18A VFS2

                  Ultra DMA Mode-2

Pri Slave: HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDR8162B 0030

                  Ultra DMA Mode-2

3rd Master: Maxtor 7Y250M0 YAR511W0

                  Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T Capable and Status OK

Auto-Detecting USB Mass Storage Devices..

Device #01 : Sony YMH-U HS-MS *HiSpeed*

Device #02 : Sony YMH-U HS-CF *HiSpeed*

Device #03 : Sony YMH-U HS-XD *HiSpeed*

Device #04 : Sony YMH-U HS-SD/MMC *HiSpeed*

04 USB mass storage devices found and configured


Third Slave Hard Disk Error

Press F2 to Resume


And of course when I press F2 it goes to the BIOS Setup Utility.


I would just recycle it but I'd like to get the data off the two hard drives first.



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#2 jhayz


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Posted 02 October 2013 - 08:42 PM

Have you tried removing the CMOS battery for a couple of minutes first along with removing other drives/external and using only the system hard drive only? See if it re detects the hardware configurations and boots straight to windows this time. The hard drive in question can be check by using a USB hard drive adapter or slaving it on another desktop.


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