primary master hard disk error

May 6, 2009 at 18:08:39
Specs: Windows Vista
hi,every body; i have faced a serious problem regarding my desktop pc.The hard disk probably has failed. When I started to boot the machine, it displays "primary master hard disk error", and it could'nt reboot at all.

when I inserted CD with windows xp operating system and entered into setup the four partions what I have in hard disk coud'nt be detected.The error message is "unkwon hard disk" and a warning message about the severity of the problem has been displayed.

I would like to thank in advance if any body can find a solution about this problem urgently.
I have a lot of data concerning about my thesis work; if not how can i back up my data since there might be disk failure at all?

urgent please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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#1
May 7, 2009 at 05:21:29
If it's very important data I wouldn't risk trying any home remedies - bite the bullet & get a data recovery company to sort it out - prices are better than they used to be.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."


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#2
May 7, 2009 at 05:49:12
You could try a live version of Linux, like Knoppix. If the hard drive is rotating, which sounds like the case, then Knoppix, or a data recovery program may be able to access and copy the data to another accessible media.

If the drive is making noise then total failure is imminent. You need to prioritize what you need to recover and look for THAT data first.

Knoppix can access most any media your computer has available. Get Knoppix at the link below. Knoppix installs to and runs from one CDR or DVDR. So you need to download using a computer with burning capability and a fast connection. Knoppix is 696MB.

After you are done recovering essential data there are some methods you could try to repair the drive.

http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free...


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#3
May 8, 2009 at 13:17:53
hi,Othehill , really I apperciate ur response with the possible solutions for my problem.let me tell u the status of the hard drive.When I started to boot it, at first , there is some kind of scratching or hissing sound.After that it becomes dead.there is no any kind of symbol to indicate its functionality.
Do u think that the hard disk has failed completely?

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#4
May 8, 2009 at 13:25:01
If the hard drive is being properly identified by model and capacity in the POST screens at start up then the drive may be OK. Are you sure the noise is coming from the hard drive? Your description doesn't sound typical. Usually a mechanical failure is indicated by clicking or a rumbling noise if it is the bearings.

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#5
May 8, 2009 at 14:48:36
hi,OtheHill, thanks for ur fast rseponse.The hard drive could'nt be detected by the operating system.I have checked it in the setup during start up and even I tried to connect it as secondary slave on the other computer ,but it was not detected at all.What do u think about the status of this drive? thank u in advance for ur kind response.

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#6
May 8, 2009 at 14:58:12
Is the hard drive detected in the BIOS, or, as OtheHill mentioned, in the POST screens at start up ?

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#7
May 8, 2009 at 15:33:45
You didn't answer the question in #4. If you don't SEE any POST screens then enter the BIOS (setup) and disable fast start and all logos.

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#8
May 9, 2009 at 07:00:10
hi, Dear friends! thank u for ur kind respones.
I have entered the BIOS and checked.The drive was not detected both at POST screens and in the BIOS.In the BIOS the message I got was "1st drive[none],2nd drive[none],3rd drive [none]".Dear Othehill why do I disable fast start up and a logos?any further help? see u everybody!!

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#9
May 9, 2009 at 07:05:12
You only need to disable those items IF the POST screens were/are not showing. Evidently they do appear in your case.

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