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Hdd Crash?


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#1 ekih

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 01:16 AM

Hey there
I have an older Maxtor 40gig hd that will not boot up any more. The first time it didn't boot I played with unhooking drives and such, checked the voltage with a meter of the power supply, it was ok. The HD started working again. I put evrey thing back together again and all was ok for a couple of days. Then it happened again. I have tried looking at in the BIOS and sometimes it sees it sometimes it doesn't.
I have tried putting it into another computer on IDE #2 resetting the jumper to make it a slave. The computer would not boot up, seems like it was keeping the good system from booting. I did check the BIOS and it did see it properly. The computer with out the 40gig drive runs properly otherwise.
I have not noticed any strange sounds coming from the drive.
I am not concerned about the drive, I just have some stuff on it that I would like to retrieve.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 08:56 AM

One possibility -

take the drive to a local, trusted PC service center and ask if they have an exact same drive in their Tech area.

If they do, and the data on your drive is very important to you,

they might be able to swap the circuit boards on the drives

and recover the data for you. (Obviously, they'll charge for this.)

You could try the same, if you can find an exact same model drive, if you feel technically capable.


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Posted 18 March 2007 - 08:57 AM

Hi ekih.

I have tried looking at in the BIOS and sometimes it sees it sometimes it doesn't.
I have not noticed any strange sounds coming from the drive.

A symptom of a faulty drive is not always noise or even a mechanical issue.
What you describe above is more indicative of a faulty board within the drive itself.

I have tried putting it into another computer on IDE #2 resetting the jumper to make it a slave. The computer would not boot up, seems like it was keeping the good system from booting. I did check the BIOS and it did see it properly.

Was it alone on IDE 2? If not, do so and jump it as master. If the bios see's it and it's still dead, hit it with a sledge. :thumbsup: Just kidding Let us know.

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 09:00 AM

Hi ekih.
...hit it with a sledge.



You know, that is almost always one of the suggested solutions when dealing with HDs.

I just can never remember whether it is one of the first things to try

or one of the last!

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 10:20 PM

I tried running it on IDE 2 in both cable selections and jumped as master, slave and cable select.
I tried running it on IDE 1 with the boot drive, it was set as slave and cable select.
None of these settings would let me boot to the good drive.
When doing this it would boot to the Windows XP splash screen screen and hang there.
When checking the BIOS the hd would show with the right size.
I think I hear the drive winding up and down.

HAMMER TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't touch this.
Who was it that had this one hit wonder?

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 11:29 PM

I have two favorite means of destruction of hdds. The slow way is the sawzall, the second is a little more spectacular...trebuchet! :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:28 PM

It did finally boot up. Took about 20min though.
I can not see the drive in question though.
Is there anything that I can try now that I have windows open?




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