Dead Hard Drive - Not

May 27, 2009 at 20:03:29
Specs: Vista, Core2DuoE7400/4gig
A friend of mine had asked me to fix his Dell Optilex 320 with a P4 3.0 HT cpu, onboard ATI graphics, 80gig SATA HD, 1gig of ram. Kept getting the 'Blue Screen' at startup. Couldn't boot into WinXp period. Couldn't repair WinXP - got a blank screen when I tried. Supposedly all drivers and BIOS are current. I changed SATA cables, checked BIOS settings - they were all OK. I then couldn't do a 'wipe and reload' - pc would freeze and go blank. I couldn't boot into safe mode. I set the BIOS to default settings - same result. I took it out and put it in an external case and hooked it to a USB port on another pc of mine. At first my pc wouldn't recognize it in any of the USB ports period so I just left it plugged in to my pc overnight. This morning I get up and my pc 'sees' it. I ran a chkdsk on it and it froze my pc twice. I think that it is DOA. But why would it take seemingly all night to be recognized by my pc even if it is dead? Any opinions are greatly appreciated and respected. I also took the ram sticks out and put in another machine and they worked fine and I took the CMOS battery out and put back in - same result.

Loretta


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May 27, 2009 at 20:55:38
Maybe not dead but I believe it's dying. This would be a perfect chance to image that drive or at least save as much data as possible.

I've tested several old IDE drives that exhibited the same behavior when connected to a USB port; all of 'em failed trying to load an OS or shortly thereafter.

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May 27, 2009 at 21:14:04
Thanks for the reply but I can't access it period. Tried Windows
Disk Management and got a 'can't complete' or 'can't access' the
drive messages. I can't access with anything, even with at the
commmand prompt. It's just dead. Thanks for the input. You
guys are still the cats?

Loretta


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