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Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Q: Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


A: Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

Does anyone have any idea of the ... Read more

A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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Hi there!. I was wandering if anyone could help me out. I am running XP pro and although i recently updated with SP2 the PC appeared to be ok. Now when i try to boot up i get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. If i put my operating disk in it loads the various files and proceeds to windows setup if i chose to set up windows XP now ie re -install the whole system it goes to the licence agreement then to the windows xp professional setup offering options either to set up windows on the selected item or create a partition or delete the partition . Most imporantly in the box below it states 57240 mb disk o at Id on bus 0 on atapi and underneath <setup cannot access this disk> which is worrying. In the bios it appears to be able to detect the fact that there is a hard disk drive available. If i do press enter at this stage a darker blue screen appears stating that a problem has been detected and that windown has shut down to prevent damage. It then goes on to suggest things that are not possible ie boot into safe mode ofr update or disable drivers it gives the following technical information which for me as a beginner is as much use as a wooden eye. It say ***STOP: 0XOOOOOOO8e (OXCOOOOOO5,OXF99C6CFD, OXF95 A5800, 0X00000000)
*** Setupdd.sys- adrress F999C6FD base at f999d000, datestamp 3d6dd67f
whatever that means
If there is anyone who can help i would appreciate it. I assume the hard drive is ok and the connections are too.

A:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!

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Ok first off I want to say I've searched and searched and searched to no avail in trying to find a solution to this I've come to the conclusion it's software and not hardware based. Let me start from the top.

I've had an older computer (HP Pavilion a408x) out of commission for a while due to a 'sploded psu. I finally get around to ordering one, install it and everything is good. I bring it back to my office and hook it up to the internet and as expected there's updates. So I up date it and after the updates are installed the computer restarts automatically (weird yes) and as it's coming back on it detects errors and runs CHKDSK. So I let it run and it gets to part 2 of 3. At this point in time my partner is really needing to print sometime and all computers print through this computer. So after about 45 minutes CHKDSK is still on part 2 at only 15%. So I'm like "screw it" and manually shut down and restart. It's at this point I get a "primary master hard disk failure" at the boot screen. Letting start up continue I get a "Stop : c000021 unknown hard error \systemroot \system 32 \ntdll.dll" At this point I realize something is delectably wrong.

Found this thread, which didn't help much. At some point the c000021 error stops and I start getting "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter" and I found this thread, which didn't help much either. I have also been searching other sites as well.

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A:Hard Drive not found "disk boot failure insert system disk and press enter"

Anything would be super helpful, even if it's bad news. I just need to know if I can get this remedied or not.

Another thing I noticed is that the HDD activity light on the front of the computer does not blink or show any activity.


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Not to long ago I tried to boot my computer and it displayed the infamous "INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" error. When I insert a hard drive that I know works and set it as the Master, and the non-working hard drive as Slave, then boot, the hard drive is accessible in Windows Explorer. All of my files are still in the same condition as they were before the hard drive failed. I tried using the Recovery Console on a Windows XP OEM disk to repair the Master Boot Record in case that was the problem, it wouldn't accept my administrator password. When I used the Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, I repaired the MBR (or at least UBCD4Win did), and the hard drive was still not bootable. The hard drive doesn't make any strange sounds at all. I could not find any helpful advice on HP Support, and I tried unplugging each device one-by-one until it booted.

My system specs:

Compaq Presario 6320US
AMD Athlon XP processor 2000+ operating at 1.67GHz
256MB DDR SDRAM Memory
60GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive
Integrated ProSavageDDR KM266 graphics with 32MB shared video memory
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2

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I have a computer running Windows 98 and I had just installed Nero Burning Software, it told me to reboot... so i chose yes reboot now.
When it powers back up, it doesn't boot up and I get the error "Hard Disk Failure" or somethin of that sort, then it says "press f1 to continue or DEL to enter setup".. if i press DEL it goes into BIOS stuff, when i press F1 it says "HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE, PLEASE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER" ... anyone know if it could be something repairable? or does this mean my hard drive is completely gone? =[

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Hi everyone,

Recently my computer started to smell funny, so i opened the case and the grpahics card had burnt and a bit of the motherboard. My computer wouldn't boot, so i replaced both of them with an 8800 GTX, Gigabyte ga-g33-ds2r (mATX). Good news was, my PC would boot and post, But the message Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter came up. So, i checked everything in the BIOS (AHCI mdoe etc) and tried other settings to no avail, also the BIOS doesn't detect my HDD. So i tried connecting in different ports and different SATA cables. My OS was Vista 32bit premium, so i tried putting the CD in, but the Vista repair option doesnt see my HDD either.

Hope this i enough info.... Help please!!

P.S. HDD is definately working. But not being recognised.

Also is there a way to retrieve data from the HDD?


A:Hard Disk Boot failure... rather odd.

Are the power and ide cables secure in the back of the hard drive ? Does the drive make any sign of being on ? Is any of the wiring dameged ? For example wire over the fan is prone to being sliced. Is the power supply unit supplying power to the hard drive ? Can you try another hard drive ?

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I got a new pc with no hdd so i took my old harddrive put it in my new one and its now says "disk boot failure insert system disk". can anybody help?

A:Hard disk boot failure

Hi and welcome to TSF

The new PC does not recognize the old HD operating system. The olde HD was set up for your old PC.

Need to reload the operating system.


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I've tried a lot of things over the last few days to no avail, hoping to gain the help of someone with exceptional computer knowledge, baring in mind I'm not that savvy with OS.

Had a virus (antivir pro solution) managed to delete that, which lowered my boot time dramatically albeit still operating slow. It hangs at the Bios screen for a good 5mins then after the microsoft window loading bar, it'll take another 20+mins to get to the user accounts screen. Once signed into my account, windows explorer I think it is doesn't load up for a good 20mins+ (start button, desktop programs, toolbar)

A point to note is that the window for task manager crashes when I attempt to open 'my computer' although every other folder doesn't.

The f*** is going on? lol.

A:Hard disk failure? 45 minutes+ to boot up!

Honestly off-hand it does sound like a failing hard disk (although you could still have some malware in there). Can you run chkdsk on the drive? (Right click the hard drive C: in Windows Explorer, Properties, Tools tab, Check Now button, both options, rebootski )

See how that turns out.

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HP Pavillion DV7 with Vista. Got an imminent hard disk error (no back up and no Vista Recovery disks) probably from power outages. Ran chkdsk (yes, I should have backed up or cloned first) it was fixing errors and in stage 4 when the power went out. Now it will not boot, gives SMART error 1720.

I tried to make a boot disk with my old XP computer online, using Imgbrn and tried burning WD's hard disk rescue and UBCD411. My laptop will not boot off of any of them, even with the Bios changed to boot off CD (yes I saved Bios correctly). It actually won't read the CD/DVD even though I input it into the bios. It just keeps saying insert boot disc and hit any key.

The hard disk is partitioned into C and D and D is the recovery. Any way to access the hard disk or get this to boot?? Thanks in advance!!

A:Hard disk failure, Vista unable to boot at all!!

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Hi everyone.

I have an HP Pavillion m9500y with Vista 64bit. I got the hard drive failure imminent message, so I backed up my data, installed a new drive, ran disk clone through the bootable media disk I created with Acronis True Image 2012. The clone said it was successful.

I looked at the new drive through the True Image backup files to see if it cloned ok and it looks fine. The partitions are there and all the data seems to be there.

So, I disconnected my old drive (Seagate Barracuda 750gb) and have the new drive(Seagate Barracuda 3tb) in the primary position. Now it says "boot failure..please insert system disk." I ran the short self-test through bios and it passed.

I, then, tried using the HP recovery disks and it says "Non-system disk or disk error." They aren't faulty because I used them to recover my old drive before cloning and it worked properly.

This is the very short story of what I have been doing for the past few days and I am at a loss now. No clue what to do next.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

A:Boot disk failure after installing new hard drive

Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in



If that does not also fix the issue follow the same steps as above except go to command prompt and type in then hit enter after each one.

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

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I have been getting a hard disk failure message on my Sony Vaio windows 7 laptop since past few days. So today I took a backup and decided to revert to factory settings.
While doing that my laptop suddenly shut down and when I tried to restart it, the error message comes

Ctrl+Alt+DEl to restart.

And when i try to restart the same msg comes.

I dont have any windows 7 installation cd as windows 7 came installed in this laptop.

Please help

A:Hard Disk Failure & Boot Manager Missing


I have been getting a hard disk failure message

A hard disk failure message means, well, that the Hard Disk Drive has failed. Trying to reinstall on a failed HDD will also end in failure. You need to contact your computer manufacturer and see if they have a recovery CD you can get, or get a Retail DVD of Windows 7 or 8 as well as get a new HDD to replace the failed one.

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Today when I started up my computer it would not start up.

It will always give the error. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I open the bios and it reads neither my SATA 500GB seagate hard drive or my IDE DVD Drive. I'm pretty sure my hard drive is not dead because the computer was custom built about 6 months ago and the harddrive is pretty new.

The only thing that was done before the computer stopped working was my friend tried to put in his external hard drive (no idea what kind) and it wouldn't install via plug n play so we gave up. Could his external really have messed my bios and/or hard drive up?

Main thing I did to try and fix this was remove the CMOS battery to reset the bios but that didnt help either.
Specs for my computer are.

Core Duo Processor 2.66GHz, 6AMB L2 Cache, 1333 MHz

4gb of ram

Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 Motherboard.
PLZ help

A:Bios won't read Hard Drive. DISK BOOT FAILURE.

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After looking through my post, I realized its very long-winded but I was trying to be detailed. There's a short version at the bottom if you're looking for my question.

I recently reformatted one of my two hard drives, which previously contained a Windows XP install and a Vista Ultimate install and now I am getting a Boot Disk Failure. Windows XP was on an 400 GB IDE hard drive (Disk 0), and Vista was on a 500 GB SATA drive (Disk 1). I did the reformat in Windows Vista, in the Computer Management screen. After it finished, I restarted my computer and received the error "BOOTMGR is missing, press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart." From what I understand after looking into this, when I installed Vista onto Disk 1, it put the Boot manager on Disk 0 instead of Disk 1, so when I reformatted Disk 0 the Boot Manager was gone. I pulled out my Vista CD and tried to use the Repair installation option but it didn't even detect a drive with an operating system on it to repair. I also tried used the CMD prompt in the repair section, using the bootrec.exe command, to repair it but that did not work either. It also did not detect my second drive (designated as F:) but only the empty C: drive (the newly reformatted disk 0) with no operating system on it. I decided to try to install Vista onto my IDE drive (disk 0). I completed the install and now had a working operating system on Disk 0, but now I started getting the "Boot Disk Failure" error message on startup. I trie... Read more

A:Disk Boot Failure after reformat of drive 0 (2 hard drives)

I think I would boot into the "working" Vista install and download and install EasyBCD. This is a GUI program that will edit the bootloader for Windows Vista and allow you to add or remove the installs of Windows that you want in your boot menu.I have used this to regain entry into a Vista install after a partition resize and install of Windows XP on a laptop. As long as you can find the installation, you can add it to the boot menu. If your bootloader is damaged or your Master boot record is damaged the newest EasyBCD can replace those also.EasyBCD is located here: would also recommend reading the documentation located here: Luck,

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Can someone please tell me why if I remove my second HDD , the system won't POST???

Drive has nothing on it ( I've even reformatted it to make sure )

It's a Quantum 20GB connected as primary slave ( E: )
Primary master is WD 80GB with two partitions ( C: & D: )

Secondary master is CDRW
No secondary slave

System runs fine & everything works flawlessly , including the HDD I want to remove so I can use it in another PC.

I've set primary slave to NONE in the BIOS ( which is the latest version ) , but it still won't POST without the HDD connected.

Gets to DETECTING IDE DRIVES... thinks for a while ,
detects drives correctly
thinks for a while , VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA ,

BIOS boot sequence is HDD0 , FDD

Reconnect drive & reboot - everything back to normal again!
Maybe it just doesn't want to leave!
Running WinME , Epox 8k3a , XP1800 , 256MB DDR2100

A:[SOLVED] Second Hard disk removal causing boot failure

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Our computer is giving the message "hard-disk drive failure press f1"  but it just keeps repeating that message when I press f1. 
I have run the ePSA Pre-boot system assessment.  It gives a green check to all devices listed on the left but lists n/a for hard drive.  But at end of test it tells me everything is ok.  
Does this mean my hard drive is shot?  Any suggestions?

A:hard-disk drive failure - pre-boot assessment results

Does the system see the hard drive at all? It sounds like the answer is no (F2 at powerup to check).  If that's the case, then yes -- the drive is shot.

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I was replacing a secondary hard drive on a friend's aging desktop that has PATA drives, running Windows XP Home SP3. After I replaced the old secondary hard drive with a newer one that I've freshly formatted as NTFS (it came from my own desktop so I know it works and I did a quick read/write test on it after formatting), I left the primary hard drive with the Windows XP installation untouched. However, when I attempted to boot up with this new configuration I got a "DISK BOOT FAILURE" even though BIOS recognises the two hard drives.

I booted up with an Ubuntu live CD and both the drives were readable, writable and seemed all fine.

Disconnecting the second hard drive and leaving in just the primary hard drive, I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down. I reconnected the second hard drive, put in a Windows XP recovery CD - it took way too long to start and when it did it gave me the message: "Setup either detected multiple disks in your machine that are indistinguishable or detedted raw disk(s). Setup had corrected the problem, but a reboot is required."

After this, any attempt to run the recovery CD with the two disks connected is extremely slow and then gives me a repeat of this "indistinguishable" nonsense. The single primary drive by itself gives me a "DISK BOOT FAILURE". And when running recovery console with the single hard drive connected, it starts up faster but it won't let me do... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Disk boot failure when replacing second hard drive

Did you check the jumpers? Sounds like you have them both set to master.

"I was able to get to the Windows XP start up animation. After which I shut it down"
Never do that. You "crash" the system and this will result in chkdsk errors

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Failure code: RUXPKW-6T689K-MFPWXF-60V0CJI cannot get passed the dyignostics page and that's all that comes up. What is the problem and here w do I fix it?

A:Computer failure...hard disk problem???

@Alemrow? That error indicates that the hard drive has failed. Time to replace the HDD. If you do not have recovery media then you can still order it here. REO

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I was playing EVE, and an error popped up saying that I should backup my data and replace my hard disk, yet I hear no signs of hard disk failure, and the disk management says that the disk is healthy. MegaDan5 thinks I might have a virus. Should I still make a backup just in case, though?
I forget the exact words of the message, but here's a paraphrased transcript:
"Hard disk failure imminent. Backup your data and replace the hard disk"

A:Hard disk failure error, yet disk is healthy

Can you post a screenshot?

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Hello good people of tech support,

Recently, I discovered a real nasty virus on my computer that makes it impossible to run an antivirus or even an online scan it even shuts down the explorer (or firefox) if I type "virus" on google.

Anyhoo, I decided it's time for me to format the computer and reinstall XP (SP2).
When it gets to the part of the actual setup (after it copies the files and restarts), it says that it can't continue the setup because there's might be a problem with my hard disk and recommends me to check the driver.

I tried to run dskchk /f, but i got a message saying another process is using the drive.

So.. I can't install windows and Im stuck with this evil virus. =)

should I just format C:, and then try to install windows?


A:Can't install XP, setup doesn't recognise hard disk

If you want to reinstall, run chkdsk /r, or run a repair installation, do it from the CD. Boot from the CD. choose "R" for "repair" and run chkdsk /r after you log in. Chkdsk /r or /f can't run on a drive that is being used, so if you want to run it, answer "Y" to the questions that come up and then reboot. It will run before Windows loads.

Or, if you want to reinstall or repair the current installation, boot from the CD and don't press "R" until the second time it prompts you. Just press Enter for starting the installation.

In the Recovery Console, use chkdsk /p instead of chkdsk /f.

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I expect I'm missing something foolish.

running WIN 8 PRO 64-bit

After I had Win 8 set up with my basic programs, I created a custom-image using the CMD and the recimg.exe included with Win 8. [My laptop came with a C: OS partition and a D: partition].

I have since done two things. I created reduced the size of my C: partition and created an E: partition.

When I run the recimg.exe in the CMD(as admin) window, it starts to run and then I get the error message that the drive I instructed it to write to is not a "fixed drive". I've tried both the c: and D: drives.

What am I missing? Thanks for your help

A:RecImg wont recognise my hard drive as a fixed disk

did you format it and make the e:/ active after the format in disk management

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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My Little Asus Terminator died in december after years of good service - needless to say the hard disk is full of important data.

It was running on Win XP pro, service pack 2.

When I took the case off, I was supprised at the amount of dust covering everything - the worst i've seen - lesson there, clean the inside of the computer every year!

I had to remove the hard disk from my biggi computer, which was working perfectly, on win 98, I think its 1.2 gig proccessor.

I fitted the Asus h/disk and zip drive, switched it on, post went ok, went over to boot up - would not boot, just got an 1/2" zebra crossing line at the bottom of the screen, which went full white from left to right - then just stopped.

I reset and managed to get it to Safe Mode, it started to find driver files, then just stopped again, the screen full of file strings.

I reset again, and used the ?repair? option, but did not help.

I do not have the XP pro cd (thanks to the person I loaned it to to sort their problem out!).

Can anyone help - please!

A:Hard disk will not boot in new computer

you will have to get the disk back and run a repair install

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 used to boot windows and i can work comfortably the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not shows like
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem

A:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..

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I bought a f500 series Compaq laptop... ok, It's originally with VISTA but the previous owner installed Windows 7 Ultimate in it. Runs ok and everything but I want my lappy to be in its original state. OK... here's the problem I spent HOURS and hours trying to solve without success...
I can't boot my Laptop from USB, CD-ROM, USB FLASH DRIVE nor External disk drive. I checked BIOS. I set the boot order like I'm supposed to, DISK > USB > HDD. Nothing happens.
I hit f10 for BIOS setup... or ESC for Boot order and I only see Hard Drive as boot option. No CD, USB... I tried to "repair computer" (F8) and I get no repair option, only restore option with restore points.
I have use Partition manager to check partitions. I am unable to install RECOVERY MANAGER. I get missing "HardDisk.dll" or when I install hdd.dll, I get error code that Recovery Manager is unable to run.
I have recovery Disks for both VISTA X 64 and WIN 7 X 64 and both are no use since I can't access those.

I tried to upgrade my BIOS F1.71 >>> Running the BIOS upgrade software I got from HP official site... I get to the point where the Software tells me it is creating a FLASH BIOS and I get immediately the blue screen with "memory dump" message. This happens every time I try to upgrade.

I'm not too knowledgeable in computers but I can troubleshoot easily with good instructions... I've tried everything and I come across with a problem after a problem. It's so frustrat... Read more

A:Unable to boot my laptop from DISK, USB, ANYTHING but Hard [email protected]#%

There has to be a setting in the BIOS that is stopping you from booting from the USB or CD/DVD drive. That is IF those to thing actually work.

Have you checked to see if the USB and CD/DVD drive work?

As to the memory dump when trying to update the BIOS. You are doing this from inside Windows? I would suspect that because of the memory dump error.

99% of the time the computer/OS BSODs from memory errors. Memory errors come from bad memory.
If the notebook has 2 sticks of memory remove one of them then try the BIOS update. If it still BSODs put that stick back in and remove the other.
If it still BSODs then try it from a Safe Mode boot or from a Command line boot.

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Hard disk type : Seagate SATA.
Model Number : ST3160215AS
Serial Number : 6RA1J7H0
Firmware Revision : 3.AAD

Mother Borad : Intel 945 GCCR

My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk going to fail? If yes, how to transfer my data to a new hard disk easily?

Complete description of the issue :

1.I have experienced boot up issue with my PC 2 days back. My PC not even boot into safe mode also.I got the following blue screen errors on successive restart of PC .

A. 0x00000050 ( 0xC374037F, 0x00000000, 0x804FBA19, 0X00000000 )
B. STOP : C0000135 ( Unable to locate component )
c. 0x0000007E ( 0XC0000006, 0X80698C12, 0XF79896E4, 0XF79893E0 )

2. I have removed and replaced the hard disk ( several times ). I can boot into windows now and can work normally, But,one of the above Blue sreen errors is coming all of sudden while working on PC. It is happening independent of the application I am using.

3. And the following messages are coming at the XP welcome screen and while working on the PC.

A.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\netloc.wlt has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
B.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\APPFCONT.DAT has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
C.C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\idsflt.cfg.bck has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.
D.Cagefile.sys has corrupted and unreadable. Perform CKDSK.

4.I have performed CHKDSK on all local drives exept local drive C. CHKDSK giving a message that " can no... Read more

A:My hard disk has passed Short DST and failed Long DST of SeaTools, do the hard disk g

In a Run box, enter "chkdsk /r"
You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk at the next reboot. Enter "Y".
Reboot, and be prepared to wait, as it may take a long time.

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OK. Here is all that I have done and the message.
HP Pavillion, Intel. My computer has been running slow the last few months. I have run Adaware, CCleaner and Norton AV and have found the usual spyware, tracking cookies, etc. I did a disk clean up and then decided to run defragmenter yesterday. I went and watched tv and came back to this screen.
Top left it says American Megatrend,
usb 4 storage device auto detecting PRI master IDE hard disk
bunch of lines showing devices
Then Primary Master TQ 100-23 Samsung SV1203n Ultra D<A Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T. capable and status Bad

Then at the bottom

Primary master hard disk S.M.A.R.T. status bad, backup and replace
Press F1 for setup, F2 to continue.

Here is what I did. I pressed F2 and it started up normally. I ran Norton AV and it ran through about 100,000 files the last I checked, I went and did something else. I came back and the above screen was back. I tried to press f2 again, and it keeps going to the XP screen and back here in a loop. I cannot load in safe mode or to an earlier time when it worked. I did the f1 button, but it goes to the computer setup and then back to this screen. I turned it off and this screen pops up right away. I did hear a few weird ticking noises like when you load a program before this happened.

Question: Is my hard drive fried. I have had this computer a few years, probably all they last. If it is--is there any way to get files off of it? Go to Best Buy or something? I... Read more

A:Unable to boot computer. Hard disk S.M.A.R.T. status Bad.

The S.M.A.R.T. bad means that your hdd is failing, the clicking that you hear is know as the "click of death". I'm afraid you can count on the hdd failing completely.

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I believe this question best fits here rather than in the security section, so here it goes.

I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop which was running Windows XP, service pack 3.

Two days ago, my laptop began running extremely slowly, which I believe to be the side effect of a virus (The slow running happened immediately after I approved a program - I don't know which one- for outbound internet access).

Also, I had not installed any software or hardware recently.

I had resolved to install some anti-virus software to correct the problem, as the software I had was out of date, but I found that my computer was running so slowly that I could not install or run programs anymore. I decided I would reformat the disk.

I restarted the computer one last time to see if I could get a few word documents off that I want to retain, and was given a blue screen which reads "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME", then at the bottom of the screen reads "Technical Information:

I have tried starting windows on subsequent attempts using the following options:
-Safe Mode
-SafeMode with Networking
-Safe Mode with Command Prompt
-Last Known Good Configuration

Each time getting the same "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" error.

I figured I should try and boot the computer off a bootable CD, i.e. my Windows XP disk, however when I change the boot sequence and try to boot off the CD I get the err... Read more

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Hi, everybody. I am having a horrible problem with the disk drive! OK, let me explain... (By the way, my OS is Windows XP Professional SP2)

As my detailed explanation is very long, let me tell you the summary of my problem first:


I switched on my computer, but an error message appeared saying "Boot failure. Insert BOOT disk into A: Press any button when ready"
Used Windows CDROM and selected the repair Windows option. But the repair process failed because it said that there are no hard disks in my computer eventhough I have a primary disk and slave disk in my computer.
Used BOOT diskette. Following options appeared:

First harddisk, first partition
First harddisk, second partition
First harddisk, third partition
First harddisk, fourth partition
Second harddisk, first partition
Second harddisk, second partition
Second harddisk, third partition
Second harddisk, fourth partition
Previous Operating System on C:

Selected 'first harddisk. first partition'. Following error message appeared:

"Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information"

Entered BIOS. Statistics showed that primary hard disk and slave hard disk 'not installed' although I have a primary hard disk and slave hard dis... Read more

A:Solved: Computer can't boot up and hard disk not detected!

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I have two hard disks, one Seagate 120 GB one and another Maxtor d540x-4d
5400 rpm 40 GB UATA/100 drive. My problem is that the maxtor drive used to
work fine, but recently, it is recognized by BIOS and Device Manager in
Windows, but it is not shown by either the logical disk manager in disk
management or My computer. What is the problem? Any remedies? THanking you

A:Hard Disk recognized by bios, but not by My computer/Disk Manager

You need to partition and format a drive to see it as a drive letter in Windows.

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I have a problem regarding my external Toshiba hard disk 500 GB where it can?t be detected in my computer and also disk management. I have formatted the external HD since I was asked to format it when an error popped up.
So I formatted it and after the formatting completed, I tried to connect the hard disk to my Windows Win 7 laptop. When I connect it to the laptop, it can?t be detected and yet the hard disk is blinking with its white light like it used to when it is connected to the laptop. I tried the disk management thingy, but it can?t detect my hard disk. I tried in other laptops but the result is same
What can I do to make it better? Please help me.

A:External hard disk not detected in My Computer and in Disk Management

First off, how old is your Toshiba external HDD? Also, when it starts to spin up, do you hear any sort of clicking or whining noise?

If you hear any noises that sound off, it's possible your external HDD is failing.

When you formatted it, what file system did you use to do so? Because sometimes even if Windows can't detect it, I have had success with booting with a Ubuntu Live CD, and then connecting the external HDD in order to format it that way. It all has to do with how Windows formats HDD's and how Ubuntu and other Linux systems do.

If you can I recommend downloading Ubuntu onto a CD and boot to it on one of your computers, in the Live CD mode, so it doesn't install anything. Once its loaded, plug in the Toshiba and try to format it as NTFS (this is important, because Ubuntu doesn't use it as a native file system, so you need to make sure that NTFS is selected on the format window, not EXT4 or the other types of Linux OS File Systems)

If it doesn't work, post back here, and I will see if I can help you some more. Also feel free to PM me if you have any other issues.


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My computer will not boot. Boot device not found Hard Drive (3F0) I have a G7-3ried reset4OUS WINDOWS 7 64 bit. I have tried to reset BIOs  HELP

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hi there,below is the error message I received - with hard disk test -- What does this mean? Testing Drive: 1SMART Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60BV03 

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A:SMART hard disk failure FAILURE ID: 9C06TT-5B762N-9XL02K-60B...

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook. 500Gb Hard Drive The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 43 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery DVDs to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive. If you don't have your Recovery Discs, you can order a replacement set using the link below. If you have any problem with this link, order them directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here.?Regards, DP-K

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My computer had a problem with the Board so I am trying to boot the hard disk (the O.S is Windows 7) in a diferent computer but when it Shows the Welcolme Screen I always get blue screen. The other computer is a diferent model but I had done this before With Windows XP and it Worked with some drivers problems but It worked.

It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.

Thank you.

A:Can not boot hard disk With Windows 7 in a diferent computer (BSOD)

It is not possible connect a Hard disk with Windows 7 in a diferent type of computer??.

Some PC, yes, Some No.

Download the Paragon free try Rescue kit, this may/mayno work for you:
Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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I have an Asus laptop running windows 7 64 bit and this laptop came with 2 hard drives, each partitioned into two parts (C:\ & D:\ and E:\ & F:\).
I am transferring over 30GB of data from one drive (C:\) to the other (F:\)
Get this... the transfer rate is 1.2MB/s right now. Over 9 hours left to copy the 30GB. There are over 125,000 items but that still does not justify the 1.2MB/s
I am open to any suggestions but first, a few points.
Yes, I am sure they are two separate drives with those partitions.
Error checking showed zero errors on both drives.
This is the 3rd time I am trying a transfer.
Both drives are relatively empty (especially the F:\).
C:\ is my system disk.
The SMART data shows no read/write errors or overheating.
I have disabled the virus protection and all real-time scanning.
Again, I am very open to suggestions and checks. Feel free to post your idea!
Thanks in advance!

A:Laptop Hard Disk to Hard Disk transfer Extremely Slow

My experience with file transfers of the type you that the number of files doesn't matter...what matters is how large the files are.  Video files take much longer than text or document files.
Slow transfer rates between partitions/drives...can indicate a problem with either the partititon or the drive, IMO.
Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Hey all,

I just bought and installed a 2TB Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS hard drive in addition to my existing hard drive. It was not detected by Windows XP, although the serial number ST32000542AS showed up in BIOS.

I noticed that for a split second as i started up, there was a screen with the word "RAID" and instructions saying "press ctrl + I", so i restarted, pressed "ctrl + I" and it took to me to something that said it was for the setup of a raid disk (or something like that).

I thought, "Oh, this must be where you format the new hard drive so that it will be recognised."

So i went through a very simple menu that had me select stripe size and some other features that looked very basic an un-threatening, and then finished the RAID setup thing.

I restarted the computer, and now it says:


At that point i had a heart attack. Can anybody help me? I have no idea what is going on.


A:Attempted to install 2nd hard drive; ended up with "DISK BOOT FAILURE"

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So a friend of mine asked me to take a look at her laptop. Its an HP, running windows 7.

The laptop was sitting on the table when someone dropped a book down on to the table. The resulting shock caused the screen to go black.

Since then, any attempts to boot are stopped on the "starting windows" screen. I ran BIOS and it told me that the "Hard disk short DST" had failed.

However, I took the hard drive out and plugged it into an older laptop and it booted up without issue.

Needless to say I am at a loss on this one.

Any suggestions?

UPDATE: if I let it go eventually it brings me to the welcome screen. Then it goes black with just the cursor. I can pull up the task manager. Its showing all of the processes for that user, but none of the actual system processes

A:Hard Disk Failure.

I would imagine that the disk connector has shaken loose or broken.
Try another disk in there temporarily, but boot from a USB or CD with Linux, or the likes of The UBCD and test the disk. That will at least help to tie down the problem.

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Can someone please help me.... I keep getting this message
windows detected a hard disk problem
back up your files immediatly to prevent informaation loss, and then contact the computer manufacturer to determine if you need to repair or replace the disk

name:STS9160821AS ATA
HP pavillion dv6000
windows vista home premium 32

A:Hard disk failure

Do you have backups of your important data?I suggest download and run the free trial of HDDControl: program is a time limited but not feature limited trial, and is simple to use. It will show a report of the SMART (Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology) status of the drive. By the sound of it, the drives SMART status will show it is experiencing significant errors, and is likely to fail before too long. If so, it would be best to replace it while it still works, so the current system installation can be cloned across to a new drive.

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Hard disk diagnostics fail with error code GU077V-6R7899-MFGJXG-60SV03.  What is the remediation/repair for this?

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A:Hard Disk Failure

Dear Customer,  Whenever the Hard Disk Short DST test fails that indicates that the Hard Disk Drive has failed and that requires a replacement to resolve the issue This issue could be due to Application or driver conflicts, virus issues, file corruptions due to incompatible applications, improper shutdowns, update failures due to conflicts, sudden power surges, if notebook is dropped etc.. HP will provide a replacement Hard Disk Drive if the Notebook warranty is Active, If not you need buy a SATA Hard Disk Drive from a retail shop nearby Please make sure you are getting at least equal capacity as the original one in order to use Recovery Disks. If you need you can buy a larger, but not smaller capacity Hard Disk Drive. For example if you have a 500GB Hard Disk Drive you can upgrade it to 750GB Hard Disk Drive but not 320GB Hard Disk Drive Please try the below shown troubleshooting steps once:Step 01. Remove the battery and unplug the AC/Power AdapterStep 02. Press and hold the Power button for more than 30 SecondsStep 03. Plug in the AC/Power Adapter (leave the Battery out for now)Step 04. Press the Power button and check if the Unit works normal If the above mentioned steps does not help, then you can try reseating the Hard Drive on your Notebook If the issue persists again please Contact HP if your HP Notebook is under warranty, HP would replace the Hard Disk Drive and provide you a Recovery media to restore factory ope... Read more

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Hello all,

Yesterday, my pc worked fine. Today, when I start my computer, the dell loading screen comes up. The bar reaches full, stays like that for like 10 seconds, then takes me to a blank screen. There I get the message SATA primary disk drive 0 failure. Press F1 to continue or F2 to go to setup utility.

Pressing F1 gives no bootable device, F2 just takes me to bios settings.
I am having windows 7 enterprise. I have had this issue before, in the past 6 months, it has happened like 6 to 7 times, usually I just took the hard disk cable out and plugged it back in, it worked everytime. This time it doesn't. In the morning, when i started the pc for the very first time, the windows loaded in a peculiar way and took me to windows repair , there i got the message that windows was trying to recover hard disk data (or something like that) and that it may take over an hour. I let it do what it wanted to do, for like half an hour i waited, still the same message appeared, so I cancelled it, it said the current operation cannot be cancelled. After that i just stopped the power and restarted pc. This time, it just gave the drive 0 failure thing, didnt take me to recover screen. And it has been like that since then.

I have checked the cables they are plugged right. The bios sees my hard disk, there are 2 of them. For the SATA drive 0, it does not show capacity, it says unknown which I think is weird. The capacity for the other drive it shows alright.

Please help me, all ki... Read more

A:Hard Disk Failure

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My PC had been running smoothly for months until I woke up yesterday. I had left my PC on overnight and during that time it seems the hard drive suffered from a mechanical failure. The drive is not being detected in the BIOS, but on boot it does sound like it's trying to spin up, but then it stops, and tries again. When I called Western Digital they said it might be a problem with the drive not receiving stable/sufficient power. I've tried the drive in another computer, only to receive the same results. It's not making any loud clicking sounds; it sounds like the drive is trying to spin up after coming off standby, but turns off again and repeats every 2-3 seconds. Hopefully there is some solution to this problem so that I might at least get my data off the drive.

Drive Model: Western Digital Raptor 160GB

A:Hard Disk Failure

Methinks you're SOL. If the drive never comes ready (fully up to speed), there's not a lot you can do to access the data on it. You can send it off and spend big $$ for data recovery, but you're not going to be able to do much with it yourself. How much is your data worth to you?

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Hello. I have windows 7 ultimate and linux ubuntu installed on my laptop. Last week i started to have slowing problems in windows, like it took 10 or 20 minutes to load, and sometimes when i clicked on some files from the second partitin(i have 2 partitions for windows, one for system and the other for the rest of files, and 1 partition for ubuntu), the computer would freeze, without any memory or processor used, it just stuck in place, for 5-10 minutes. Then, i scanned C: using chkdsk /r command and it showed some problems with .bitmap which were fixed. I thought everything was ok, but it wasn't so. Same problems remained. Then, i waited untill wekeend to do a scan to D: as well (D: is a 677 GB partition with around 450 GB used). After 14 hours, from which around 10 hours it stayed in stage 4 out of 5(files scan) in which many bad clusters were detected and replaced, it was finally finished. Then, i ran a reboot, but surprise: i got the following messages:
error: hd0 out of disk
grub resque


error: no such partition or error: out of disk or error:unknown filesystem, or a disk read error occured, press ctr+alt+del to restart.

Then, since it was night, I went to sleep, and after 10 hours i reopened my laptop and found surprisingly GRUB to be working fine, but when i entered windows, it took around 30 minutes to load everything, and whenever i clicked on any element, it would block for another 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, if i entered linux, everything would work fine, until... Read more

A:Possible hard disk failure?

Ironically, I am just finishing up a very similar 1-week experience with nearly identical symptoms... except I have a pure Win7 situation. Same story about 20 minutes to boot, obvious lengthy periods of system error recovery trying to read or write to the failing hard drive, etc.

After discovering the CHKDSK anomalies, and the apparent inability to permanently correct the problems (errors kept returning), and the increasingly worsening performance problems (like yours, with long periods of time with nothing happening) I concluded that my 4-year old WD 150GB 10Krpm 16MB cache Velociraptor hard drive was finally failing. It actually had about 17,000 hours of usage recorded over the 4 years, but it seemed to be approaching its "end of life".

So on Wednesday I quickly ordered a replacement (latest WD 250GB 10Krpm 64MB cache Velociraptor), which arrived on Friday. Using backup "system images" of the three partitions on the failing drive, I created those same three partitions on the new drive.

And, thankfully, sure enough it seemed that all of the last week's I/O-error recovery symptoms had completely disappeared! Windows startup and shutdown was now faster than I've ever seen, everything seemed to be completely corrected.

Needless to say I was proud of my ability to diagnose the symptoms and my decision to quickly replace the obviously dying drive.

Anyway, last night I put the machine (home-built desktop PC, Supermicro C2SBX board, Intel E6800, 4GB) in... Read more

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Recently I've been experiencing loss of data, with a lot of text missing from a few Word documents.After wrecking my brain tryinf to figure out what the problem might be, today I ran a system diagnostic from the BIOS, and it turned out that my hard disk failed all over the line. It failed the short DST check, the long DST check, and the Optimized DST check.Obviously I'm going to replace the had disk as soon as I can, but does anybody know whether the missing text can be recovered?

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Hi All!

I have a SONY VAIO and recently I managed to drop my laptop and I think I damaged my hard disk.

Now when I try to log on, my computer screen gets to the Starting Windows screen, but no logo and then automatically restarts. It will not start in Safe Mode in any of the three options (just kind of sits in the loading windows files screen and then restarts.)

Trying to start from last good configuration does not work.

Right now, I've obtained a windows 7 professional installation disk, and I can boot from disk up until the screen where it says install windows? I choose "repair my computer" on that screen and the window disappears, leaving me with the standard windows 7 blue screen in the background and my cursor.

I just really want to move my files to a different hard drive. Is it impossible without sending it to an expensive data recovery place?

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you!

A:Hard Disk Failure Help

Boot into BIOS setup to see if the HD is detected anywhere: SATA or IDE storage drives, Boot Priority order, etc. If not then google how to replace your HD or disassemble your laptop to see how to access it, or read the Manual on the PC model's Support Downloads webpage for this information. Try reinstalling the HD to see if it can make better contact and be detected. If not you'll need to replace it.

Whether data can be recovered depends on how badly damaged it is. It may only be unable to be seated in the laptop's port contacts correctly. You can try a SATA cable plugged into a PC tower SATA port to see if that can read the data. If you don't have one then I'd take the drive into the Geek Squad and ask them if they can read it at all. Call ahead and ask an agent when he'd have time to do this for you. They usually are helpful and shouldn't charge you just to test it for read/write. But if it reads and writes then They'll want to charge you a bunch, in which case I'd then find an adpater cable to plug it into a SATA port on a tower which sometimes works better than a USB adapter to get your data easily.

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Let me know the step by step procedure of window xp software reinstallation.
with regards
maung ko

A:Hard disk failure

Hello and Welcome to TSF!!!

You could just google that and you will find thousands of pages about explaining how to install operating system...

Here is one link:

Windows XP Step-by-Step

Hope this will help you mate...

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I just tried rebooting my laptop a while ago and it started to make a reasonably loud clicking sound and is giving me an error saying
PXE-E61 Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE ROM

I checked in the BIOS that the hard disk is higher in the Boot order. It doesn;'t seem to be finding the hard disk to boot from. Have I lost my hard disk for good ???

Thanks in advance,

A:Hard Disk Failure

The clicking sound is typically a seek error on a failed or failing hard drive.

If you can, take it somewhere where they can try and backup any files you may need and get the drive replaced.

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At startup, I get a message that hard disk failure is emminent.  I ran diagnostics and received the folliwng Failure ID: 9BVWXV-7J488N-MFPV7A-60CN03 The Product ID of the notebook is:  J9M35UA#ABAThe Serial # is: 5CD451333M I don't think it is still under warranty, but need to know if I just need to replace the HDD.


JHARTGRO Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that error message means that your hard drive has failed.It will need to be replaced.Once you have the replacement drive, you will need to use something known as HP Recovery Media to restore your PC to working condition. This is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: After you get through, stay on the line until you are fi... Read more

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Hey all hope someone can help!!!!!!!!!

I boot comp get a message "smart hard disk detects imminent failure"

Press F1 to ignor........hit F1 boots fine....cant find scan disk to run surface...OS- windows 2000 with norton anti...all anyone know how to fix???????

A:hard disk failure

Go to My Computer, right click the drive you want and select properties. There should be a tab for scandisk or it's 2000 equivelent.

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today when I turned on my computer,
my external hard disk was recognized as unknown and when oped sayed this message (bellow)
how do I recover this with 'mini tool partition wizard'

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Quote: Originally Posted by bhattkishan9

today when I turned on my computer,
my external hard disk was recognized as unknown and when oped sayed this message (bellow)
how do I recover this with 'mini tool partition wizard'

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Hi bhattkishan9,

It is getting listed as your Network drive and not removable drive. Do you have any Network drives that are setup on the system.

Check this harddrive on a different USB port and if possible then on a different system to isolate the issue.

If you can access the harddrive under command prompt then backup the data and then format the harddrive to check if it works correctly.

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.

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Am having hard disk failure. Non of my app is working. Am Scared of loosing my important document.Failure I'd: GLGFX3-6LU86F-QFPJW1-61QS03Product I'd: C4Z00EA#BH5Hard disk drive capacity; 500GBHard disk 1

A:hard disk failure

Hi,Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US: HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region. Can you access to it now ? Otherwise you can try to use a HDD enclosure and with a bit of luck, you can recover data from a different computer.    Regards.

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When I checked Hard Disk on HP Basic Diagnostics, my laptop showed me:Smart Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: PLMV48-676861-XD7X1F-60BC03PRODUCT ID: B4P92PA#UUFHard Disk1I thinked my HP might be fail the hardware, right?And what should I do with my HP?

A:Failure ID on Hard Disk 1

This error indicates that hard disk #1 is failing or has failed. The drive needs to be replaced to solve this issue. After the hard drive has been replaced, use the HP Recovery Media that you created when you first setup the computer to return the computer to a factory like state. If you didn't create this media, the media may be available for purchase from HP Customer Support for a nomimal fee. This method may only be valid in the US and Canada. Contact customer support in you region to see if you can request the media. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the White KUDOS "Thumbs Up" to show your appreciation

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Hi All, I am using HP dv2500 entertainment pc since 2007,when I switch it on yesterday,it was not booting up.When I ran Harddisk self check I got failure message.I tried to make new partition,but the HD is not detecting.Does it mean the my HD is gone???Do we have any option to recover the data?Product:  hp pavilion dv2500 and model is GS610EA#ABV. Can somebody advise hw to recover my data?

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Hi, everyone. I got this message when booting up my computer: "Couldn't open boot partition to check for signature." or something like that. Is this a boot sector virus or just a corrupted hard disk? And if it is a virus, can I still save the disk with anti-virus utilities? Thanks.

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I think I opened a file with a virus which asked me to update Adobe but I had clicked on an email link so I knew it was wrong. Everytime I tried to close the Adobe window it re-opened. I was in the middle of doing something so I did not want to re-start immediately. In frustration, and after numerous click of "cancel" I accidentally clicked "continue" instead. Nothing seemed to happen until I toggled to the desktop and realised half the shortcuts were missing. I re-started and was then faced with Windows Vista Recovery Window. It has tried to fix the errors but five remain:
Read time of hard disk clusters less than 500 ms
34% of HDD is unreadable
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table
Boot sector of the hard drive disk is damaged
Hard drive doesn't respond to system commands

I am assuming this is a genuine windows scan, although I cannot close the Recovery window. It is asking me to pay £54 for "advanced module" - but in light of what has happended I do not know whether this is genuine!
I am running Malwarebytes Anti-malware now but it is extremely slow.

All programs are missing from the Start menu and most folders appear empty (documents, pictures, music) but I can see that Malwarebytes is scanning through them.


A:Hard disk failure

Sounds like malware, moving post to Am I Infected forum where qualified persons will assist you .


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My desktop with product id F3E94AAR#ABA has been given me an error message" HARD DISK FAILURE" WITH FAILURE ID ;U0F20M-7Q5845-9VUEMG-60DX03  THIS HAPPEN WHEN I WANT TO START IT ITS JUST 4 MONTH PLEASE KINDLY ASSIST 

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Hallo Pamzy, This failure ID:  U0F20M-7Q5845-9VUEMG-60DX03 This failure ID is a HDD error 301More details.Hard Disk 1 SMART Hard Drive Detects Imminent FailureSince it's only 4 month old I would recommend you to contact the HP support in your country 

ZincasI am an HP notebook technician.Please click ?Accept as Solution ? on the post that solves your issue to help others find the solution.Click the Thumbs Up on the left to say ?Thanks? for helping!

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Failure ID: U0FE6J-1J287V-QFPJW1-60VU03Product ID: C9J17UT#ABAWhats going on?

A:Hard disk failure?

Sounds like the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are  in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used.

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HiTrying to help niece recover her notebook (she spilt liquid on it !)On booting - message reads :-Boot device not foundPlease install an operating sytem on your hard diskHard disk (3FO)F2 System diagnostics. Windows not loading but can get into the Bios.Memory check is OKHard Disk test returns : Smart Check Not installed, Short DST not installed.Have tried the power off routine + removed the Harddrive - cleaned the circuit board on the HD gently with meths - thoroughly dried  and re-inserted - still the same problem.I'm guessing the hard drive is U/S and needs replacing.Questions:1. How can I be sure it's just the HD ?2. What model of SATA drive am I looking for + size3. If HD is U/S how does the BIOS know what the O/S is ?4. If I managed to load the O/S from the DVD drive and it works OK is it safe to assume that all I need to do is replace the HD ? I'm guessing it was Win 8.1 64bit as opposed to 32 bit - her mother (divorced)  is unable to locate a recovery diskThanks in advanceLes

A:Hard disk failure

If you would be good enough to provide the model number or product number we can provide a step by step manual or video.  Very hard to be sure it is just the hard drive and the only way to know is to put one in and see if it is recognized or pull the old one out and test it by putting in another notebook or hooking to usb adapter. If the old drive is fine and not registering on the laptop you will know that the liquid spill caused motherboard damage. Is the hard drive spinning up at all..i.e can you hear it when you turn on the power or see activity light? In what country are you located? You need a 2.5 inch SATA hard drive 7mm or 9.5 mm thick and they are readily available on or you can go to Best Buy or Frys and pick one up.  Laptops have not had recovery disks shipped with them for years. There was a recovery partition on the hard drive and when you first fire up the laptop out of the box it prompts you to make recovery disks but almost nobody does it and manages to keep them where they can be found years later. If she did not upgrade to Windows 10 then you need an 8.1 disk and yes it is almost surely 64 bit. We can confirm if you provide model number. If she had upgraded to Windows 10 you can simply download a recovery disk from Microsoft. HP likely has the 8.1 recovery disks for a nominal charge. Post back with any more questions. 

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hai friends, i am new in you, i have a samsung 80gb sata hard disk, it is damaged by the over voltage, then i take it for the warranty, they said the data from this hdd cannot recover by any method, i have some most important files in it, so what i do? can i recover files from that hdd? please help me, iam so upset, please..

A:hard disk failure

Your only option if the hard drive wont spin is to tale it to a professional data recovery company as they may have some success.....but it is a fairly pricey service.

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i just made two partitions on my hard drive, i have windows 98 and windows xp in both of them. I also have a secondary hard drive with a bunch of my stuff. I just installed the both partitions like 2 weeks ago. Yesterday as i left it downloading photoshop all night, i guess it messed up or something. I restared only to see "secondary disk fail" in the screen where it detects your drives. I disconnected the drive and connected it again. I restarted again and didnt see the message so i started in windows 98, and it wouldnt find it either. In windows XP i look for it in the hardware section of the properties of my computer, and it found it under hard disks. But it wont access it. Now i cant get all the stuff on my secondary drive. Does anyone know how this could of happend? Why? How it could be fixed? I really need the stuff thats in there.

Thank you

A:Hard Disk failure

ok Ill try running Checkdisk on Windows XP.
Neither of the Os's find the drive, but on XP i look under Device Manager and it is still there. I connected it correctly and the power supply is right too. It also finds it in bios, but it just cant access it i guess. Hopefully Checkdisk works.

How Do i run Chkdsk on a drive it cant find?

Edit: My windows 98 partition is FAT32 and my winxp is NTFS, and my secondary drive is FAT16. Is that BAD?

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hello all.,\
i'm a pc user...recently i face a new problem that occured on my hard disk.
I don't confirm whether that is the problem with the hard disk or not.
This happen when i boot up my pc after a long time, the booting time is very very slow untill i can eat, bath and sleep. But i can boot my pc very quickly when my hd got store only 5GB of data.
When the used area attempt 10GB, i can feel that my PC running very slow.
I even cannot format it with a windows ME boot disk, defrag and scan it.
It happend since i bought a new motherboard, maybe it is related with the problem.

Thanks if somebody can give me a clue.

A:hard disk failure

Try takeing all the jumpers off the drive except for cable select and see if the bios will recognize the drive. Also, a bios update may help, but should be viewed as one of the last resorts.

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My computer no longer boots up to the C drive. I ran the powermax diagnostic with the following results:
Bios Extension Support failed
Partition Information Read fail
Smart Enable Function Failed
Power connection, Master/slave jumpers, and interface cable passed the powermax installation confirmation test. I ran the powermax basic quick test and then the advanced test once. Now even those two tests won't run anymore.
I tried to run fdisk/mbr, but the system cannot find the hard disk. What puzzles me is that when powermax diagnostics scanned for the drive, it found "via 596 primary master Maxtor N40P" .
The drive seemed to be working fine before I opened an attachment to an email. After the system froze I rebooted and had trouble with error messages (don't remember all of them). I tried to reinstall Windows XP but it cannot find the hard drive. I can boot to the A drive and to the CD drive. I tried to go from the A drive to the C drive, but it cannot find the C drive.
Can anybody help me to solve the problem?
Is all my data lost?
Any help would be greatly appreciated

A:hard disk failure?

Try posting in the correct forum, and you might get some more attention


:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

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I have a Win98SE box that includes a 40GB Maxtor drive I use as storage for video files. A few months ago, all the files I had in a particular folder disappeared. I thought I had a virus or something, so I ran virus scan and thought I had it fixed. Then a couple days ago, I went to play a file and it was missing. I decided I better back up my data by copying it to a larger HD I bought recently. I started doing that and it said that it couldn't copy certain files. I tried to run Scandisk for bad sectors, and it made the computer lock up and crash. When I restarted the comp, the version of Scandisk that runs after a crash ran just fine. So I tried a thorough Scandisk to look for bad sectors and the comp froze up again. I also tried running the DOS version, and that told me it couldn't read the FAT32 file system.

As this pt, I figured I better copy as much stuff as possible. I kept having problems w/ certain files that wouldn't copy, but I managed to copy about 1/2 of the drive before I had to quit for the night. When I went back to work on it some more today, I couldn't get the computer to even recognize the drive. When the computer boots up, the drive clicks a lot and whirs. I also tried booting into DOS, different IDE cables, tapping the drive, etc. Nothing worked.

There's nothing especially important on the drive, but I would like to recover what I can. I've heard that dropping from about 6" up might either get it to work briefly or destr... Read more

A:hard disk failure, what can I try?

I would say that dropping it would be a definite last resort (as in dropping it in the ash bin!). You could try sealing it in a ziplock bag and putting it in the freezer for a couple hours and then giving it a try. Some people claim to hae success with this. I have never tried it personally though. Back-ups are a way of life here. If you do try the freezer trick do it quickly because if it does work you may only get the one shot at recovering data. The Clicks you describe are most times referred to as the clickof death when it coms to hard drives.

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Hello, I purchased my computer in february fo this year. Everything was fine until around October.One morning i turned my computer on and i saw ST2400820AS: HARD DISK failure imminent back up your hard drive and have it replaced. Since all of the software was installed when i purchased the computer i could only back up personal files.

Each time i turned on my computer i have to press F2 to get it to boot. One day i attached a camera to the USB of the computer. I accidentally pull it out without properly disconnecting the camera from the computer. I left the computer running for a while and when I came back I saw the blue screen Driver_ IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. After that I cound not get my computer to boot at all. At the time I was using Vista ULTIMATE.

I went on got a new operating system, which i am currently using ( home Premium). After trying for a long while I was able to installed it. However, I'm still having the same problems. I still have to press F2 to boot my computer. It take a longer time to boot and when ever I try to open a window it takes forever to open up. It also freezes then go back to the blue screen. Then shut down and restarts and then go to PXE-MOF: Exiting NVIDIA BOOT AGENT: DISK BOOT FAILURE, insert SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I put the disk in and then re-installed the operating system. Unfortunately, nothing changed it continues to run slowly and keep freezing.

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A:hard disk failure

Hi donuyute and welcome to the Vista Forums

With this PC being under one year old and having experienced all these problems I would investigate the possibilities of getting the unit repaired or replaced under warranty.

Also your supplier should have provided some means of re-installing your original Ultimate OS and not require you to replace the OS as you did.

This could be in the form of Disks or a repair partition on the drive.

You could go to the HDD manufacturer's website and check if they have a test program for the disk which may be run from a cd to check the actual status of the HDD as the symptoms suggest that the messages you received first of all were from the SMART disk monitor.

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Hey guys so I have an external 500gb WD drive, which i stupidly left plugged into the computer when i upgraded from 7077 to 7100. Now, when i plug it in, the computer detects the drive, but is incapable of accessing it. It also prompts me to format the drive before it can be used.

I have a lifetime of data in there and I really wish I do not have to do a reformat to get it back. Anyone can shed some light?

A:Hard disk failure. Help!

You likely left the factory exFat partition on it where you need to get the auto run file going to bring up the installer agiain since you are running a new installation of 7 there. One fast way for getting rid of that type of problem you can perform later once all files are backed up is simply reformatting it to NTFS.

With the serial number inhand go to the support site and download the zip for that model. You may need to see that unpacked to the drive by simply plugging it into an XP machine where the auto run and access to the drive will be seen. On the other machine you can then unpack the files onto the drive to replace the installer.

Which model do you have there? I went with the 500gb MyBook Essential and ran into a problem like that but had a ubuntu live cd plus dual boot of XP with Vista to see that corrected. While booted live with the distro the unpacked files can then be copied directly to the drive. Once plugged in after Windows is loaded the auto run will then see the installer appear afterwards.

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Hey guys, My name is Matthew N. Moreira. You can call me matt. I heard of you guys from my gaming friend DrmWarrior. He said that ou guys could help me with my Hard Disk Failure problem.

When I turn on my PC it says 'Hard Disk Failure is imminent. Please back up your hard disk and have it replaced!' I am not a very techy guy but I try to fix all my computer problems on my own or with the help of friends or family..

I have a Sea Gate hard disk enternal and its model number is ST3360320AS however I can not get Seagate tools to read the Serial Number.. The seagate support told me that I should see the serial number from the device itself on my pc.. But I don't know where to look. He gave me a warranty validation form to fill out but I need that serial number..

I'm thinking I might just back up my hard disk and replace it because I heard that I can get a good hard drive with 500 gig for arround $40.00 - $75.00.

I realy need help because I need my computer for school/ my GED courses online - and Gaming..

Thanks, Matt

A:I'm having Hard Disk Failure

Hello Matt,

Open up your computer and usually down the bottom you should see your hard disk bays. Remove that hard disk (sometimes clips, screws, each computer is different) and the hard disk should pull out. Note, you may have to pull off the two cables first. Turn your hard disk over and look for a big label (usually white and on the bottom for Seagate) and there should be your serial number written on it. Note, if the label is not visible, then you may have to remove the plastic/metal casing around the hard disk. This IS NOT opening the hard disk, just removing the plastic that secures it to the hard disk bay. If you have trouble, just ask and to see what your label should look like, see here: SerialNumberLocator


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Windows 7 64bit has popped up saying it has detected a HDD problem, I need to back up my files immediately. I installed a new 2TB HDD (Samsung HD204UI) a couple of months ago, surely it shouldn't be failing already? This is my secondery disk. Is this by any chance a malware or virsus playing tricks on me?

Please help?

A:New Hard Disk Failure

Devices can fail at any time, although its not normal for one to fail that fast.

Is the error message actually for your secondary drive? or is it referring to your primary drive?

Run chkdsk on the secondary drive and see if anything shows up.

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When I start my system I get the message WDC WD3200AAJS-65VWAD 12.01B02 Hard disk failure is iminent, backup and replace.
I have an another hard disk of the same model and want to know if I can tranfer all my data on to it along with the operating system.

A:Hard disk failure

Hello toopay,
You need to clone the drive, the sooner, the better.

EaseUs Disk Copy




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I am all of a sudden receiving and message that says this "failure predicted on hard disk 0. Warning immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent"

My laptop is a toshiba, I am running windows ME, have all the virus protections installed. This just started as I was surfing. I removed any new downloads but it is still happening. My computer is only 2 yeaars old I don't think my hard disk should be fried.

Is it toast or could it be something else??



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I have an urgent problem and would appreciate any advice on this.

Running XP on a Dell Inspiron 8500 Notebook. It crashed during normal operation.

Original error:

STOP: 0x0000ED (0x8A48E30, 0xC0000006, 0x000000)

Reboot in safe mode didn't work. It said "Unmountable boot volume"

Later: "Unknown hard error C000021a"

After another boot: "0x000000F4"

"following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system"

Reboot in Debug mode allowed the computer to progress well past the "Welcome" screen and I was able to see the icons on my desktop. But, the crash occurred again.

After reading up a bit on the web, I booted from an XP CD, went to the recovery console, used the "R" option. Didn't help. Then tried
fixboot, bootcfg, and even fixmbr as the last option. After doing this,
when i try to boot, nothing happens and there is just a blank screen.

Removing the disk from the laptop and attaching it as a slave to another computer (using appropriate cable) didn't recognize the drive at all.

More importantly, by booting off of my CD, I can still see the following:

partition 1 = FAT
partition 2 = Unknown 28569 MB
Unpartitioned space = 8 MB

28616 MB Disk0 at id0 on bin0 on ATAPI

I have tried to call some "Data Recovery" companies, but was dissatisfied with the type of response I got. Didn't sound like these guys knew a great deal. It is just my gut feeling and I could be ... Read more

A:Hard disk failure - HELP

The System file is a Windows registry file, unique to each system. I have had a similar problem before, , this is the link to the thread I started, it may be helpful. In order to recover your data try using a Linux live cd and an external hard drive.

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I'm new here and hope I'm in the right spot. I have a Fujitsu MPG3204AT, 20 GB. Win ME was getting rather unstable, so I ran scanreg /restore. The pc boot-up was fine but came up hard disk failure. Power and cables fine. Went into bios where pri was listed as none. Entered manually with no results, and the same on auto. I have power to the conn., but can't hear the hd motor or feel much vibration. Pretty smooth hd, right? Any ideas? Thanks for the help.

A:Hard Disk Failure

Put the drive in another computer or at least on the secondary IDE controller to be sure.

If BIOS can't autodetect it and the cables/power/jumpers are OK, then it's pretty clear your drive has gone to HD heaven.

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Hi I got a big problem with my harddisk. It is so screwed up !! This didn't happen to me last week but this week it's failing like crazy. When I turn on the computer, the hard disk has a oozzing sound repeatedly for like 10 seconds, then it goes to windows, and after I enter my password and stuff, the oozing sound occurs again, and goes to the desktop. When I want to go to a folder or open a problem such as IE, the disk wiould do the same sound a few times (as if it's checking for something) and then open the application half way, do it a few more times, then open the whole application. During access, the same problem occurs for alot of times!! What's wrong?? All the connections inside the computer are ok and I didn't change any thing on the hard disk! Help!!


A:Hard Disk Failure!!!

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Got failure ID of 9BxTT9-5GU5PK-XD7Q3A-60Qv03 On product ID XH021UA#ABA  on Hard Disk 1 after clicked on a link that sent me to a shady website which started a fake virus scan program.  I immediately shut down my computer, then it won't restart.  Let me guess, complete hard drive failure and I need a new one?

A:Failure ID on Hard Disk 1

The failure ID is generated through HP Diagnostics available on the notebook. It indicates that your HDD is failing or has failed already. Your only option is to replace hard drive on the Notebook and use below link to order recovery disks for your Notebook.

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Hi guys,

I just want to ask, is my hard disk damaged?

Here's what happened, first it cannot load BCD, so i try to rebuild it, but nothings happen, next is I reformat may hdd, yes, win 7 installed fluently, but after I restart it won't continue on loading the windows, and restart the system automatically, after that it boot on repair, and it detects sector error on hard disk, then I let system repair to do it, after that it restart the system and boot again to system repair, and it was a loop...I already re installed by OS thrice.

Any one please help....

A:Hard disk possible failure

What is the make and model of your hard drive? You should visit the manufacturer's website and download their utilities and do a scan for problems.

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Komputer wysy?a do mnie komunikat o b??dzie dysku twardego.ID b??du: OGAM64-690895-XD7X1F-609S03 Jakim sposobem mo?na uratowa?/naprawi? dysk ?Czy po takim komunikacie b??du dysk twardy nalezy wymieni? ? Obecny dysk to TOSHIBA 2,5cala/1TB/Serial SATAII/5400 RPM. Jaki ewentualnie do wymiany dysk by?by zalcany ? Inne komunikaty z diagnostyki systemu:Hard Disk SMART Check: Failed Hard Disk Test: Failed Processor Check: PASSED Start-up: Failed Memory Test: PASSED Dzi?kuje za wszelkie wskazůwki.

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This is a doosie (for me, anyway)

I have a Dell OmniPlex P133 with a WD 6GB working hard disk with Windows 98 installed.

On bootup, it gives me this:

Hard disk controller 0 Failure:
Press F1 to continue or F2 for setup.

F1 gets me a disk boot failure.

Dell BIOS programs are really wierd. It does not have a hard drive autodetect program, but is does about 40 options for different hard drives, none of which come close to what I have. I tried to manually set the hard drive specifications, but this hard drive has roughly 13,000 cylinders, and the area only has space for 4 digits. The size is automatically determined by the computer according the how many cylinders the drive has.

I also have no idea how to get the Landing Zone Sector for my hard drive.

Any ideas?

[Edited by alpha159 on 08-16-2001 at 11:52 PM]


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Dear HP, I own a HP ENVY 14-2014ee Beats Edition Notebook PC. I bought it in the year 2011. My Hard disk stopped working i guess. Because when i turn on the system, i can see a white hyphen mark on the top left of a black screen and it stays like that forever. But, I can hear the hard disk spinning. So i removed the hard disk and i connected it to another PC to check if the problem is with the hard disk. and the hard disk was not responding at all. Clearly, the hard disk needs replacement. And i do not know where to go for this or how much they would charge me. Its a 750MB HDD. Kindly provide me some directions. I live at Umm Al Quwain, UAE. And can you also tell me approximately how much amount i would be charged. A fast response would be appreciated. Thank You. Regards,Greeny

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My friend's pc is able to boot until a stage, where only background exists, nothing else. The system hang at that point. No desktop, no taskbar, no recycle bin... Only a plain background.

What possibilities that might cause this problem? I have checked his hardwares, which are working fine for proc,RAM,mobo, and gc. But when i swap his hdd to my pc, it failed to boot.

When i put his hdd as my slave hdd, I'm able to see and backup the files inside his hdd.

So, can anyone explain further about this scenario? Thanks you

A:Hard Disk Failure

Well, considering you could access the files on your computer, the HDD is probably find.
Using the HDD on your computer wouldn't work.
What might of happened, is a/some operating system files has become crupt.
Was it just a case of switching it off one day, then the next day, you switch it on, and it doesn't work?
If you back up all his files, and then re-install windows, it may work.

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I just turned my pc on as usual, and suddenly is shown an error message indicating that I have to do a backup of my hard drive and run a hard drive test from boot.  I followed the steps and the hard drive test shows the following info:  Testing Drive:1SMART Check: Failed Failure ID: 9LM48C-5LC84A-XD014J-608V03Product ID: LM754LA#ABM Hard disk 1 Hard Disk Test: FAILED What can I do?

View Solution.


Hi, The 24 character error code is a failure of the short Disk Self Test ( DST ) and would indicate that the Hard Drive is failing and needs to be replaced. If your notebook is still under warranty, contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced - If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here.

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Hello! I don't know what has has caused this, but my laptop has suffered a gradual decline in general perfromance recently and yesterday came up with an error message telling me to back everything up (which i have done) as the hard disk is reporting failure.
I've ran SFC Scannow but it said it could not fix all the errors, i am unsure of where to go from here. Can anyone help?

My machine is a Dell Inspiron 510m and im running Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2. Please ask if you need any other info
Any help appreciated,

A:Hard disk reporting failure

Running scannow was a good idea. Are you able to boot up Windows sucessfully? If you are, you should also try running "chkdsk /f /r" from the command prompt. Reboot after you run that command.

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Hi, my problem is literally every harddisk i use eventually comes to a failure.

It started before some time when i bought ASUS laptop (dont remember exactly which but it started i think it started with N5...;it had a Samsung HDD i think). After few moths there was an issue with hard disk so i sent the laptop to the service and they changed the hard disk. Everything was fine then but after some months it happen again. Same solution - changed hard disk. When it happened for third time i was really furious, because i thought it is laptops fault, so i ask to refund the laptop back.

With the money i bought parts and made my own PC( was a year ago ). It is working fine till today, when HDD started to make strange noises( randomly making noise like when under high activity, sometimes it makes click sound - same it makes when i shut down computer), and also random drops in its speed(sometimes resulting in OS freezing for 2 secs) and a there is also SMART notice in the POST.

I know that best solution is to backup and send for exchange as it is under warranty yet, but i think that it cannot be coincidence and i must be doing something wrong. Few things i can think of is temperature(that might have been the problem in the laptop but i dont think it is a case in PC as i sometimes checked the temperature), or maybe some software i use is causing it but i'am not sure if this is possible.

I would be really thankful to any advice into future.

A:Repeating hard disk failure

adikus said:

making noise like when under high activity, sometimes it makes click sound - same it makes when i shut down computer), and also random drops in its speed(sometimes resulting in OS freezing for 2 secs) and a there is also SMART notice in the POST.Click to expand...

Not good but clearly a definitive indication of HD error(s).

I would be really thankful to any advice into future.Click to expand...

Is your fan operating? Have you blown out all the dust?

Have you ever used CHKDSK C: /F? If your system freezes and you elect to force a power off by holding the power button for 5 sec, then you should restart
using Save Mode (F8) and run CHKDSK C: /F before booting normally.

Systems just don't eat HDs - - there's something in your usage that is causing the system to not flush I/O before powering off - - NOT GOOD!!!

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maybe a week or two ago every time i start my computer it showed a black screen and said Hard Disk Failure iminent and have me to back back the hard disk and remove it.
Just today i start my computer and press F2 to continue the blue screen came up and now i can't go to the desktop and can't event use safe mode. I'm using another computer to open this thread.
What should I do???

A:Hard Disk Failure imminent

I would imagine I'd have heeded the graphic warning message generated by S.M.A.R.T... and backed up all my files, then run Spinpoint on the drive, or simply replaced it...

There is an old trick of placing a dying hard drive into a deep freeze overnight, which can enable some recovery of data the next morning - but that really only works for what are essentially mechanical errors and your drive may have had different issues

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I have an old Dell Optiplex Gs 5120L running Win95 that has recently stopped working and I wonder if anyone can help me out.

On power-up, the memory test completes without errors but the following message then appears:

Hard disk controller 0 failure

Attaching the HDD to the other IDE port produces the message:

Hard disk controller 1 failure

The drive appears to have power and I am able to read it using another machine so I don't think the problem is with the disk drive itself.

Any suggestions?

A:Hard disk controller failure

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Can ghosting a bad hard disk cause another hard disk to fail?

My 3-year-old Dell failed (Blue Screen of Death) about 4 months ago. A shop found a defective power supply, and replacing that fixed it for 2 months. Then the hard disk failed (BSOD again). Not a shock Ė it was 3 years old Ė and they replaced it (and ghosted the old drive, which they could still read). A month later, the new disk failed, and they replaced and ghosted that. Now itís failed again!

In between failures, I use the PC a lot and it almost never crashes, and never BSODs.

Does this sound like:

(a) Iíve had very bad luck with hard disks. I should just replace/ghost it again, and everything will likely be fine.

(b) Thereís a hardware problem thatís killing hard disks and will kill any future replacement disks as well. Since the shop canít find a problem and itís an old PC, I should just replace the PC.

(c) Something about the file layout or my 3-year-old installation of Windows XP is defective in a way that is killing hard disks. Therefore, ghosting the current disk will cause the new disk to die quickly, too. I should instead get a new disk and reinstall Windows and all other programs.

I think itís probably (a), maybe (b), but almost certainly not (c). The shop says (a) is inconceivable and it could be (b) or (c), so they strongly advise me to do a new install.

I really donít want to do a new install for no reason, especially since it runs fine (when the disk works) and I will replace it wi... Read more

A:Hard Disk Failure and Ghosting

Software or the file system can't damage a hard drive. Are you sure the drives are in fact failing? Maybe they are wrong. How are they testing the drives?

Also what brand and model of drive are they giving you?

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Help !!! You all have been so great in the past, need some help again

Noticed my computer was acting funny today and while on internet IE suddenly closed and i got the "system error - hard disk failure detected" followed by those boxes opening with "system message -write fault error." One of my coworkers had this too and i think i got a trojan/virus from some files

Now it looks like some files are missing, and my antivirus software is not starting, amongst a myriad of other problems

A:Help - hard disk failure detected

DownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here.If you get crashes in normal mode,run it in safemode with networkingDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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Hi guys its my first time here, and i'm sorry if i posted it on the wrong category or forums, but i really need help. i bought this Acer Laptop 5750 , I've been using it for 1 month now and last week i received this message "Windows Detected Hard Disk Problem" and what i did i just chainge my Internal Hard disk, and after 4 days my new hard disk is all having this message i need help, coz i cant buy another one and after one week it will display again this failure message. what should i do ? i try to install OS and its say "You cannot install on this disk it might fail soon"

A:Hard Disk Failure for the 2nd time

it will be under warranty

rma it/take it back to point of purchase

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I am having a hard disk problem with my laptop. I just bought a Dell Inspiron N5010 core i3 last year in march. i had windows 7 ultimate 64 bit installed in it. Recentl there was some problems due to which i had to format my laptop. But now when am selecting my drive for installing win 7, its giving me the error message "Windows cannot be installed in this drive. Hard disk has failed".

Any urgent help would be extremely appreciated.

Thank You

A:Hard disk failure win7

Not much you can do with a failed disk except replace it and restore from backup.

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