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Is My Hard Drive Dead ?


I have an 80g sata that i have been using as my os drive for a long time now. I got it when sata drives were first becoming popular. I had xp on it, but last night i partitioned it in half with partition magic and put windows 7 32bit pro on the other half. I left my computer on all night. I got up this morning to no image on my screen. Eventually i manually rebooted and now my computer won't boot up. No image or anything, and i can't hear the hard drive making noise. Did my hard drive die on me? Is there any way i can test it without having a secondary computer to test it in? All i have other than my desktop is my wife's laptop.

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I restarted my pc the other day. When i started it back up, it said "insert system disk". So naturally i took the case off, and looked at the hard drives. I have two hard drives, my primary, os hard drive and my storage drive. My primary drive won't take power. It's not the power cable, i plugged the storage drive in and it worked fine on the same cable. The hard dive doesn't spin, at all. Any ideas, or am i at a total lost without sending it to a dc?

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When the pc is booting, it brings up the raid screen which says my drive is present, and names it together with its capacity. I tried to do an xp fix or reinstall and it tells me that no hdd is connected to my pc. I have reinstalled the tp raid driver to see if this cures it, but to no avail. Short of getting a new drive, connecting it, reinstalling windows and attempting to do a data recovery, is there anything i can do? Im not concerned about the software on the disk, but it does contain thousands of photos of my kids as babies which i do not want to lose.


Posted On: January 13th 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 24 August 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 20 Replies .

Revive Dead Flash Drive

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Posted On: 08-23-2005 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Flash Voyager Pen Drive Dead

I had bought a corsair flash voyager 16gb approx 10 months ago. I had a problem with it, as explained in this thread.consequently i sent it back to ocuk for rma and they sent me a new one immediately. Now. This is about the new one. I've had it for around 8 months or so now. But hey it's got a 10 year warranty!

This time i can't even check the pendrive out in any manner. As soon as i stick the drive i get a bsod - check out video of me inserting pendrive and getting bsod immediately. Either the bsod, or else my pc just stops responding with the blue circle vista cursor going on forever until i pull the pendrive out - as in other video here. What do you think?

Can i do some checking in some way, avoiding the freezing/bsod'ing, before i contact ocuk? Admit i'm feeling a bit awkward making the 2nd rma for the same object.


Posted On: 09-24-2009, 08:46 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

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Posted On: 10-17-2007, 12:35 PM . View Related Posts . . View 16 Replies .

Hard Drive And Enclosure For External Hard Drive

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Posted On: 09-27-2009, 11:10 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Transferring Data From Old Hard Drive To New Hard Drive

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Pc Dead

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Posted On: March 20th, 2006, 02:12 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Dead Computer

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Posted On: April 14th, 2006, 02:09 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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Posted On: November 12th, 2005, 10:35 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

Are Two Hard Drives Better Than One Large Hard Drive ?

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Posted On: 12-18-2007, 11:51 PM . View Related Posts . . View 13 Replies .

System Became Dead Slow

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Hard disk 40 gb
Mother board celeron 733 mhz
Ram 256 mb

I'm using all tools to make my pc run faster , but it is not helping. Is there any way that i can make my pc faster so that i can play my " commandos" again.


Posted On: December 29th, 2005, 06:00 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Computer Dead No Power

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