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Failed hard drive.. options?

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by kablooie, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. kablooie

    kablooie Member

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    I have a Samsung 160GB hard drive thats around 3 years old. The other day I turned on my system and Windows would not boot; it would get to the screen with the scrolling horizontal bar and the windows logo and stay there for maybe 2 seconds at most. Then it would flash a BSOD message quicker than I could read it and force the system to restart. This would repeat indefinitely - safe mode caused the same thing.

    I tested to make sure that neither of my RAM sticks or slots were defective by taking them out one by one, no dice.

    I tried to use the Repair mode on the XP install disk with the 160Gb, but that didn't work (typing 'dir' gave me an error message - the disk couldn't be read. Also, 'fixboot' said the boot sector was corrupted and fixed it successfully, but the system still would not boot.)

    So, I took the hard drive in question out of my system, put in an old 40 GB drive and installed XP on it with no problem.

    I put the apparently broken drive back in the system as a slave and i got a SMART error which said to backup all data and replace the drive immediately (this is the first SMART error i had ever seen.) With this drive plugged in, the system would not recognize the master drive and would not boot. I had to unplug it again.

    What's wrong with this drive? And is there any possible way to rescue the data?
     
  2. Indochine

    Indochine Regular member

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    I think the technical term is that the drive has "failed". There are specialised companies that can try to recover the data, but it costs hundreds of dollars.
     
  3. willpow3r

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    Well, you could try reformatting the hard drive and then using RecoverMyFiles to attempt to recover your files.
    -Willpow3r
     
  4. kablooie

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    The drive can't be formatted.
     
  5. The_Fiend

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    Indochine is right, the drive has "failed" in other words it has a physical error, which means you need professional help IF you need to recover any data.
    Otherwise, installing a new HD and using the recovery disc to reinstall windows on it should suffice.
     
  6. rocky999

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    I do this at work all the time but it might be hard for you without the correct spare parts, but, IF you can get a hold of another drive, the same make and model - swap the pc boards from them. If the problem is an electrical fault on the pc board, then this might work. If it is a mechanical failure (platter, motor, head, etc.) then it won't help. Good luck.
     

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