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I had issues with the main hdd on my 10 year old pc, beeping and freezing earlier today. Actually I've had lots of issues but have managed to keep it going over the years. This latest one seems to be terminal but I would like to be able to understand it better.
PC (Dell E521, 250gb samsung drive, 2gb ram) on windows 7 ultimate froze, there was this constant, random beeping from the pc, but not as high pitch as the regular sound you hear when the pc freezes and you press buttons on the keybard. I turned it off and tried to restart. The first two or three times, it went to the menu screen where you have the option to start windows normally or go into safe mode or safe mode with networking. I clicked on it to start normally but it froze shortly after starting. Another hard shutdown and this time I get two options, start normally or go into the recovery mode. I tried starting it normally the first time but it still froze, the next attempt I accidentally pressed recovery mode but turned it off shortly after, but before the recovery mode screen was up.
After that the computer no longer recognizes anything on the first hdd slot. I get a message saying 'No Boot Device Detected, Insert System Disk and Press F1 to Continue or press F2 to Setup Menu.
I eventually took out the drive and replaced it with this old 20gb 2.5'' drive that I installed windows 7 onto earlier this year which is what I'm using now as the main drive.
Based on my description, does it sound like this is the end of the drive or could it be something I did, turning it off while it was about to go into recovery mode, that caused the computer to stop recognizing it?