When Hard Disc fails, what do I do?

Power and battery O.K. but no signal from hard disc drive

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Check the drive cables to the drive. If they are good then its toast and you will have to but a new drive

  • Rose D
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    1 decade ago

    There are a few things to try checking. You can try a different controller and controller cable, that should tell you if the problem is with the drive, the controller or the cable. Is the drive spinning up at all? Is it making any loud noises? If it's making a loud noise, it's probably completely dead with no chance of recovery - the noise is probably a drive head or bearing or something clacking against the platters, which destroys the data. If it's not spinning up you may be able to send it to someone to recover your data, but it'll cost a fortune.

    You're probably stuck buying a new drive.

  • 1 decade ago

    Assuming it is really dead, and that the cables are all good and so on somtimes it is possible to get data off a drive in a poor state. Some time ago someone published a paper called " 200 ways to revive a hard drive". You'll find this in plenty of places on google or yahoo.

    One thing though -- if you do recover your data, get a new drive. Also it is better to run SMART disk checking in the BIOS to get early warning of any problems.

  • 1 decade ago

    Check the cable if it is ok then reset your BIOS settings(use optimal settings) and try to redetect the HDD in the BIOS. If it will not detect the check hardware help forums for more help. Good luck. If your HDD has a "smell" then buy a new one.

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