is hard drive dead

Me / MINE
May 20, 2010 at 09:51:23
Specs: Windows XP/vista, p4 3 ghz 2gb
i been given a wb book that wasnt work i put a new hard drive in the book and it works fine i was wondering is thier anything i can do to fix the drive that was in it as it is a big drive when it was in the book i could here it spin then a few click if that helps

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#1
May 20, 2010 at 10:07:42
Any drive can be fixed but you'll likely spend more than it's worth.

If it was just a software crash that would be a different thing as the drive wouldn't be physically damaged. But the clicking is a bad sign and indicates some internal problem.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#2
May 20, 2010 at 11:17:08
would it be worth putting inside my computer as a slave and trying f disk when it was in the book the computer never saw the drive and the sound was it spinning up then about 3 clicks and it would keep doing that

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#3
May 20, 2010 at 12:55:21
Yeah, you could always attach it as a slave in a working system and see if you can access it. Fdisk is a dos/9X command and not for XP. XP has another command that I don't recall off hand but before you could use either one the bios and OS would have to see the drive.

I have my doubts that will work but it won't hurt to try.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.


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#4
May 21, 2010 at 00:42:27
i did try but same thing drive now in the bin but got me thinking i have 25gb pictures on my hard drive what the best way to keep them safe long term

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#5
May 21, 2010 at 07:17:28
The only way to protect ALL personal files is to back them up. The more important they are the more copies you make.

I use optical media like CDR or DVDR to permanently archive my files. Once you burn them to disk you should verify they are actually usable files by accessing them from that media. Then feel free to make multiple copies of the disk by simply copying it.

Going back to the original drive. When the drive is properly connected to a second computer and you boot the computer does the BIOS configure the drive? If you watch the POST screens at start up you should see a number of hardware items being recognized by them being displayed on the screen by model.

If you don't see ANY hardware being configured at start up then a manufacturers logo may be blocking it. Depending on what motherboard you have the method to display this information varies.

Try booting into the BIOS screens at start up and disabling all logos and fast boot. If you have a pre-built computer you may be able to view things by tapping a key at start up. Like Esc or a F key. You will need to read your manual.


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