HELP: Repair hard drive and recover data.

November 10, 2011 at 01:20:35
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. I'm from latin america so excuse my bad writing. I'll try to be the clearest I can.

It's about a Hitachi SATA 1TB hard drive.

What happened was that I had my CPU laid on one side and opened. I had the hard drive laid over the DVD unit compartment because I was trying to fix up another hard drives and had to be continuously connecting and disconnecting. Then I accidentally hit the CPU with my foot, lifting it a little and getting hit against the floor, the PC turned off, then I turned it on again but Windows did not started. So I set BIOS to start with another hard drive that has Windows too and let the HItachi connected. Like this Windows initialized very slow. Then I check on " My PC" and Windows did not recognized de Hitachi hd, I rebooted and checked in BIOS and there the Hitachi was not recognized neither. I tried in another PC and with other cables and nothing changes.


-When the PC is turn on the Hitachi HD feels to start but past 15 seconds it stops. (Sometimes, when the PC turns on the Hitcachi starts to beep intermittently, with a 2 seconds interval, it is not a mechanic sound and after every beep it's heard a little crack from the HD, and the HD remains like this until I turn off the PC. Remeber, this happens SOMETIMES).

Please guys, help me, so I could repair the drive and recover my data.

Cheers and thanx.

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November 10, 2011 at 04:55:25
"I had my CPU laid on one side and opened"

A CPU is a chip that fits in a socket on the motherboard. I believe you had your computer case laying on it's side.

If you're hearing beeps, it's probably coming from the motherboard & is an indication that something is loose due to you kicking the case.

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November 10, 2011 at 06:52:00
If the system turned itself off(no fans spinning and no lights) after u knocked it then u must have damage a component or just a loose power cord.

If it's a just a loose power cord the system should start fine and boot windows fine.
Again if it was a just a loose power cable the other system will recognize the 1tb hard drive fine.
I think the damaged component here is your 1tb hard drive.
Do u hear beeps when the hard drive is disconnected?

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November 10, 2011 at 15:52:32
Seems the hard drive is bad if it doesn't work in two systems.

It is only slightly possible one can purchase an exact replacement mode of hard drive. Then switch the circuit board between the two drives. It might work.

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November 11, 2011 at 03:26:17
Excactly, I was talking about the case. It's just that here where I come from it's called like that.

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November 11, 2011 at 05:12:40
Back when computers took up the entire corner of a room (or more) the Central Processing Unit was a major component and consisted of many circuit boards that made up the processor. Since the entire processor has been on a single chip, the chip itself IS the CPU. Back then a card reader, a tape drive, or other add on was each an entire free standing unit that sat on the floor next to the other components like the printer. Now nearly all of these fit (or can fit) inside the computer's case (except the printer) so the computer's case is now what the 'Computer Room' was back then.

Yes, the hard drive is probably gone. You should have a back up of all important files. The only way typically at this point to recover any data (if #3 above does not help you) is very expensive since it requires the special tools of a professional in data recovery.

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