hard drive beeping

Compaq / D510
January 9, 2009 at 15:25:56
Specs: Windows pro XP, pentium 4 / 512 ram
When I boot up, the hard drive admits a beeping tone for
about 20 seconds. I know it's from the hard drive because
I replaced it in several different PCs and the beeping is
coming for the HD. I recently install SP3. I tried to
uninstall the SP3 but when loading os the message "non-system
disk error" appears. I tried booting from XP cd and start up disks but the blue error screen appears. Also I tried booting in safe mode but the F8 command is not responding. I need to retrieve some data from the HD and I can't seem to it. How can I get to my data?

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January 9, 2009 at 16:03:41
Whatever is making the beeping you can be sure it is not the hard disk. There is nothing in a hard disk that will make a beeping noise, grinding noises, whining or clicking noises, but not beeping.

You will find the beeping is coming from the system speaker or the pitzo-quartz device that is used for this purpose. It is often situated low down in the case close to where the hard disk is located.

The beeping is generated by the BIOS indicating there is a fault condition on the hard disk. The number and length of the beeps will give you an indication of what the fault is. The motherboard manufactures web site will tell you what the beeps mean.

Either way, I think your hard disk has died and you may need some data recovery software.


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January 9, 2009 at 16:09:53
actually only if the drive is alive an accessable at some level will software work. Sounds more like a hardware recovery service. This tends to be a bit expensive and you have to physically send them the drive.

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January 9, 2009 at 16:32:03
A beeping hard drive is a new one to me also.

When you hook it up to a different system, If the drive is IDE, you should choose Slave if on the first controller If you connect it to the second controller, it can be Master or Slave. But don't have a second drive on the cable, that's just to be sure there is no conflict.

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