primary master hard disc error

October 22, 2011 at 15:51:45
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer was in hibernating state and then went to welcome screen. Suddenly I got a blue error screen that disappeared after about 3 seconds and my computer rebooted with an error 'Primary Master Hard Disc Error'. I went into my bios and the hard drive isn't there. It's showing my external hard drive as my C drive now and there is just a 'disabled' where my C drive should be. Any ideas on how this could happen and how I can re-enable my primary hard drive again please? I'd need a walk though as this kind of error is way beyond my computer skills. Thanks in advance.

I have Vista Ultimate 64 bit and I have no idea how to check the Ram etc with the pc in this state. The CD's I have are all Asus if that helps, and I do know that I have 4 Gb of Ram in 2 x 2. Sorry to be so vague...


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#1
October 22, 2011 at 16:55:22
It appears the hard drive has suffered major damage. The system can't read it.

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#2
October 22, 2011 at 21:22:56
Agreed, it does sound like a hard drive failure.
Memory problems would be quite different, though you can test your memory without the hard drive even connected with Memtest86 burned to a bootable CD.
You can test your hard drive similarly with the utility available through your hard drive mfg's website if you still have doubts.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
October 23, 2011 at 09:28:26
Thanks for responding. I took my computer to my nephew today and the hard drive has failed completely. He has special discs that detect the drive, and he also put my drive into another case and plugged it into one of his pc's. The drive was blank. No letter (A,B,C,D,E,F,G etc.). He said I would not be able to recover any data because of this which is rather upsetting... Many thanks for taking the time to reply. It's much appreciated.

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#4
October 23, 2011 at 09:31:18
Thanks again to both of you. The quick response is much appreciated.

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#5
October 23, 2011 at 20:30:06
You are welcome, thank you for getting back to us and letting us know.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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