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Primary Master Hard Disk Fail

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#1 babyface


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Posted 31 January 2007 - 10:23 AM

im using 40 gb maxtor hdd, i cant access that hdd anymore, it wont even let me boot my windows :flowers: all my files are there... In my BIOS, the name of my primary hard disk change into MAXTORARES or something like that and it was blinking, i even tried change the cables from my back up hdd but it still wont work, but when i tried the AUTODETECT on the BIOS, it can detect the hdd but when booting, it cant detect it... pls help... :thumbsup: im currently using my back up hdd as my primary hdd and it s*cks, coz this is only 6 gb hdd.
Already tried the diagnostic file from maxtor but when i tried some of the options, it failed... even the low level reformat fails... :trumpet:


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Posted 31 January 2007 - 11:02 AM

Can you access it as a secondary drive? If you have an OS on your other hdd, then set that one to the master and the 40gb one as the secondary. Hopefully (and with any luck) you'll be able to access it to move all your files off of it.

If that fails, then you could try to freeze the drive for a while, then take it from the freezer and install it and quickly try to access it and remove your files.

If that fails too......then you may just be out of luck, short of paying a company an outrageous amount of money to try to pull files off the dead drive. :thumbsup:
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 11:21 AM

Before freezing it or paying outrageous sums for someone to extract the data from it you could try a program like SpinRite.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 11:33 AM

even the low level reformat fails

If you've already performed a low-level reformat, then all data on the drive was wiped an practically irretrievable, sorry.

It sounds like the drive has gone to the big memory dump in the sky, unless anyone has a way to resuscitate it. :thumbsup:

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