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2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Q: 2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.

What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

A: 2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated

A:scsi hard drive?

You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?

A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?

A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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Hello all,

newbie here, someone can help me out :). My desktop sudden won't turn on then I replace the power supply and power is back on however i see this message when screen boot up.

"Hard-disk drive failure
Diskette driver 0 seek failure"

press f1 to continue and f2 to enter SETUP. If i press F1 go back to the message above.

Dell Inspiron 530s desktop, window xp

many thanks

A:Hard-disk drive failure and diskette drive 0 seek failure

If you've verified that all devices are plugged in to power and the correct cable (ie floppy cable for floppy and ide/sata for HD), then it's possible that the power supply failing could have damaged the circuitry on the drives.

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

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I have a 2010 Macbook, and within the last year, I have had two different hard drives fail after being installed. The first HDD lasted around 4 or 5 months after I installed it (upgrading from 250GB to 1TB) before symptoms began appearing (crashes, kernel panics). Thinking I had just gotten unlucky, I ordered another, different, 1TB HDD, which in the last week had a sudden, catastrophic failure. According to Apple's support pages, in the recent failure's specific case, this type of failure may possibly occur after a power interruption, which I attributed it to, as the laptop had run out of battery, then crashed completely on waking up. However, after seeking advice on other forums, I was told that it is much more likely that the HDD itself is just faulty. Assuming that it is simply that the hard drive has failed due to its own faults, I have now had two hard drives fail in a row. Is this just bad luck, or is there any possibility that something about my laptop is causing this behaviour?

The only ideas I had for possible causes are that I upgraded the RAM in the laptop around the same time as I installed the first drive, though when running a piece of software (Memtest or something similar?) when this drive failed, I was told that the RAM was functioning. The other possibility is my own treatment of the laptop, as I rarely power it down, and regularly carry it in my bag whilst on, although closed over. I am, however, slightly skeptical about this being the cause as ... Read more

A:Two hard drive failures in one year - Just bad luck?

Well 2 HDD going so soon is rare but can happen. First carrying it round while ON means that the drive is spinning and if you knock it about can damage the drive...this may or may not be the problem. The original drive may have taken knocks better and it was more robust. A solid state Drive would be great in this case but are very expensive. Your drives are under warranty a least. Try another HDD and turn it off when carrying it round and see if you have any problems as a test.

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I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.

My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.

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A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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What are the differences between all of these?

I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?


A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
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A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

A:NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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So frustrated. I know my facebook works as I have borrowed a friends laptop but need to return this weekend.

I have a notebook and it has been in repairs twice in a few months, both times the hard drive was replaced. I didn't use facebook inbetween the hard drives being replaced. Its all coved by KnowHow so did have to pay for the repairs.

However, facebook still isn't working (not the reason for the repairs), everytime I login within a few seconds its says not responding, it slows down all my other open programmes and it always ends in END PROGRAMME.

Got rid of Norton, as friend said it could be Norton. Didn't make any difference. At a total loss why it doesn't work on my notebook anymore.

A:Solved: New hard drive & still facebook not responding. Been nearly a year.

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First of all, hello to all the people here. I am new in this forum and I am far from being an expert on this things, so that's why I am here I guess, to get some help.

Yesterday suddenly my computer restarted ang gave me and error message: Can't start windows cause the file System32/Drivers/Isapnp.sys is lacking or is damaged.
Well, you know that's not a rare thing, cause a lot of people seem to have that problem once in a while. You usually load the windows xp cd, go to the repair console and you fix it from there.......

Problem is, that I havent been able to fix it being the result that the hard drive is seriously damaged. The Chkdsk operation told me it had some unreparble damage and we tried the hard drive in another pc and it didnt read it. It said it had no format.

So I really wonder what could have caused this. A virus? How come a hard disk that is only a year old and it hasnt been through bad use died this way suddenly???

And I thought Maxtor hard drives were one of the best on the market, now I dont think I will ever buy one again.

Any comment, help, will be really appreciated.

Kind regards.

A:My Maxtor hard drive died after only one year and I don't understand...

Drives can die in the first week of use. It could have just been a bad drive to begin with. Have you run any of the Maxtor utilities to see if you can any error codes? Is the drive still under warranty? Did you have any data that you needed off the drive?

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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The other day I was workigna t ym computer, when it started to show tell tale signs of HDD failure, and then would not boot, could hear thrashing and clicking etc when trying to read it.

I was pretty annoyed about that but I thought oh well its all backed up just need a new HDD.

So got a new one ordered all specs reccommended by the computer manufacturer, installed by a preofessional too.

*** was going well, new OS flying along nicely so I went to my external HDD to transfer some data. Uppon trying to open my 1.5tb external HDD I realise windows cannot read it, although it is shown in "device manager" as a usb sotrage device. My other lapotop wont read it, nor a mac, nor linux even with force boot command.

I then go to my emergency backup 320gb hard drive with a small fraction of my important stuff on it. this 320gb hard drive WAS readable when I installed my new HDD with OS on it, but I went to the 1.5tb first as it had more on. But now even the 320 GB hard drive cannot be read, by a selection of computers.

I then plugged by 8GB Nokia N95 in and now it cannot even be read.

Complete disaster.

I have tried chkdsk, macs reading all drives, linux force boot commands.

I am quite scared that my new 500gb OS hard drive will fail soon too but I dont know what is causing this please any help much appreciated.



A:Hard Drive failure + External HDD Failure Similtaneously

What OS?
Look in Event Viewer/System for any red marks that may provide clues.
I understand the initial drive failure. but the subsequent failures suggest a major problem with the computer itself. Power supply, memory IDE controller, motherboard?
A virus could do this. There may be some rogue file on the external drive.

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Had this laptop for about 6 years, had a few issues in the past, but nothing major like this. After, I ran a system dianostic, the result shown that the Hard drive short DST failed. Not totally sure how to do a recovery, I do have the Recovery Discs, so I searched up how to run the discs; turned on the system- press f11-  window loading files- window starting- then it just stuck on a window blue screen with nothing but the cursor. Can I even use the Recovery Discs? I want to replace the old HDD with a new SSD, but I'm not sure if I have to install a new OS or can I recover the old hard drive OS and transfer to the SSD?

A:Hard Drive failure (Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed)

DST:Fail means  the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced. If you are still in warranty HP will send a replacement. If not a retail laptop SATA hard drive can be used. Just be sure to get one of at least equal capacity as the original in order to use Recovery Discs. It can be larger, but not smaller capacity.For instance if you have a 500GB hdd you could use a 750GB hdd but not a 320GB hdd.

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So, I had gotten up this morning and was on my computer fine and dandy for a couple of hours and left for class at around 1:30 PM. When I return at around 4, I turn on my monitor and there's a blinking underscore on the top right of my screen. I went ahead and made a startup repair disc for Windows 7, but it could not find anything wrong with the system. I then went into the ACER factory settings utility on the same disc and both options:

> Completely Restore System to Factory Defaults
Restore your PC to factory default status. All data on C: drive will be deleted.

> Restore Operating System and Retain User Data
Restore only the operating system of your PC to the factory defaults. Files from your user accounts will be transferred to C:\Backup. This option will not remove persistent viruses or malware.

Are grayed out. I assumed that this could only be because it wasn't detecting my hard drive? I went into the setup menu in the BIOS, and I see:

> IDE Primary Master [Not Detected]
> IDE Primary Slave [Not Detected]
> SATA7 [Not Detected]
> SATA8 [Not Detected]

However, when I start up the computer it says it's automatically detecting my SATA drives. I honestly have no idea what the difference between IDE and SATA mean, or if my computer not detecting the IDE drives even means anything. Maybe I never had IDE drives? I am a total noob in the hardware department.

Any help would be much appreciated.


A:Hard Drive failure or Boot failure?

Please post the complete computer model,details or specs. next time. Did you try loading default settings in your BIOS configuration?

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Hey guys and gals. I was trying to backup some files (yet another issue). My external hard drive enclosure appears to be malfunctioning. Or it could be the SATA drive itself. You see when I try to turn it on the computer can't read it. Perhaps it was a power surge or something IDK. Does anybody have any suggestions or recommendations?

Tomorrow I'll try to take the computer apart and test the drive itself; I have a limited number of SATA interfaces on my motherboard and one of them is connected to the OS HD. I hope it is o.k., there are some recent backups I don't want to lose. Would be a pain to ask for those last few documents at work and rescan them. Guess I am going to need 4 external backups.

It is a Manhattan USB / EATA Enclosure 3.5 (large internal HD). Model Number unknown.

I knew I should have invested in 'more' storage . Well, my weekly backup was today even though I normally backup files right after.

A:Possible Hard Drive Enclosure failure. Possible HD failure.

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If someone could PLEASE PLEASE help me.. I have all these pop ups telling me that I have hard drive clusters, Proble with IDE/sata HARD DISKS..I have Windows Vista and I am affraid that I may have lost all my photos and all my documents... Can someone help me PLEASE!!!!

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For my wife's computer her hard drive has failed and will lose Windows 10 please advise best method to resolve and restore computer use with Win. 10 after drive is installed with her original Win.7 (now called illegal)

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Hi Everyone,

I'm hoping to get some help. I had a power outage while my WD Elements 1.5 TB Hard drive was on. I wasn't accessing it but apparently that was enough.

I had a lot of important data on it but losing hope after unsuccessful attempts to use PhotoRec to get items off it.

It doesn't show as accessible in MyComputer but is detected. I've included what it shows under the "Manage" view of the drive.

I've also tried MiniTool Partition but it doesn't seem to be able to fix the partition. I've also tried Partition Bad Disk and it just shows the whole 1.5 TB drive as one bad block. It won't let me fix it either.

Does anyone have any other bits of advice? I'm at a loss as what to do. It seems the data is not recoverable. I can't figure out how to get it to show or even how to use it again.

Please see attachments.

I'm grateful for any ideas/help please. Thank you.

A:External Hard Drive failure. "Bad disk" after power failure

Hello dime5150. Welcome to the forum

In PW, did you try "Rebuild MBR"?

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I had my Dell inspiron, the 2-in-1 tablet/laptop model for JUST over a year until it started having issues with the battery... It would be very unreliable and sometimes not recognize the charger, saying plugged in, but not charging. I took it to a repair shop and they tested a different charger, different power dock, and differnt battery and nothing work. The conclusion was that it is a motherboard failure. I am shocked as I've had this just over a year.. so, just out of warranty! Very dispapointed, paid $1000 last year for this.... Now I have to buy a new computer, most definitely NOT a dell. 

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I have a system with 4 Seagate hard drives, two are ATA and two are PATA. A few months ago, I had a problem with one of the PATA drives which was less than several months old. It was returned and exchanged with a recertified drive. Within two months, it began to fail in the same manner as the first. I would hear a very faint beeping sound coming from the hard drive and the event viewer in Windows would reveal the following: An error was detected on device during a paging operation. After that error, the device would disappear from the system. Upon rebooting, it would reappear. I used the Seagate DOS utilities to examine the hard drive and it detected a bad sector. I repaired the sector, but the same problem occurred. As a consequence, I removed the drive (the system appears to be functioning normally without it) and I have asked for a replacement drive.

Could I be having a problem with my system? Or have I just had two bad hard drives back-to-back?

With the first drive I returned, I was able to retrieve my data by putting it into a USB enclosure. It appeared to function okay in the USB enclosure, even though it did not work when attached directly to the motherboard. I have not tried this yet with the drive that just failed.

It's a bit puzzling and I wondering if there is a way to check my system.
Model : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
Speed : 3.00GHz
L2 On-board Cache : 512kB ECC Synchronous ATC

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A:2nd Hard Drive Failure - Is it the Drive or the System?

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Hi everyone I have a Pavilion DV6-2140EI notebook with a failed hard drive. I purchased a new hard drive but to my surprise, all recovery disks or system image files are useless without the recovery partition on the drive. I have made numerous attempts to contact HP in South Africa telephonicly and on line, but found that there is zero support. This matter has been going for 7 months now. Can anyone assist me with correct contact details with this problem or does HP support stop when you replace hard drives?My DV7 hard drive has also recently failed so now I have double the trouble.It appears that HP and Microsoft teamed up to not support hard drive failure. As you no longer get the original operating system on disk anymore, it looks like one is forced to purchase Windows again after hard drive failure.

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A:Hard drive failure

The HP Recovery Discs you created when you first setup your computer, do in fact work to return your computer to a factory liie state after replacing the hard drive. Typically, the replacement drive must be the same capacity or larger then the original. HP typically provides a one year warranty on their computers. After the warranty has expired, you are liable for the repair and recovery of your computer. If the Recovery Media you created doesn't work, please contact official HP Customer Support in your country / region, via the HP Worldwide Support Portal, to see if HP is able to assist you. Software may not be covered by the warranty and there may be a charge for the HP Recovery Media. Alternatively, if you can still read the 25-digit Windows product key on the Microsoft COA affixed to the bottom the computer, you can install Windows 7 using this key. Please see "How to Install Windows 7 Without the Disc" for instructions on how to download Windows 7, create the installation media, and install Windows 7 using the 25-digit product key from the Microsoft COA on your computer. Using this method will not install any HP customizations or value-added software and you will have to manually install all needed drivers. Links to Windows 7 SP1 can be found HERE and HERE.  Direct link to Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the W... Read more

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My Notebook fails to load, during System testing I am recieving a Failure ID: GLQ7MX-71W846-MFPV61-60QP03. Product ID: g2V63UA#ABA What are my options. Any suggestions will help. 

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My regular scheduled Dell PC checkup detected 2 failures, targeted read test failed error code WHD20-521 and SMART short self test failure WHD16-20.. I have a Dell N4010 and Seagate hard drive ST320325AS. What should I do? I've been searching on the net and most seem to advise to get a new Hard drive. How do I decide on which one to buy? I'd like to get one with atleast 500 GB and 7200 rpm. I'm not really familiar with hardware so please answer me as simply as possible. Thanking you in advance.

A:Hard drive failure!

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Ok so heres whats going on.... When I go to play a game on my computer it will only go so far then my screen goes black and then the monitor goes into standby (flashing yellow light)... So yah what do you guys think it is..

A:Hard drive failure??????

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Ok Guyz here's the deal...

I'm running XP from SCSI raid array and have 2x 60gb IDE over ATA thru a PCI slot. Both drives were working (except i can't transfer more than 25-50mb from one drive to the other at a time without system hang...
(i think this is due to the ATA being an old Highpoint and the HD's being IBM 60gb Deskstart and Seagate Baracuda!)
Anyhow this isn't the problem i've been using the new Seagate for DL's and the IBM is the older storage device. There are 6 partitions of 10/10/10/10 and 7 + blank boot partiton.

There is around 700mb-1.5gb free on each partiton.

Ok here is where the problem comes in..

(This first part probably has nothing to do with the problem but it is the chain of events which lead upto the failure...)
This week i tried to install America Army (new famed game!)...
without reading the small print... I have a Voodoo 3 and the game only runs with a Gforce /T&L not OpenGL...

After installing and finding this i uninstalled the game, after which none of my other games would work properly.. i could open Max Payne but i only had the option of T&L drivers.... and worms had a flickery picture... Thought maybe the drivers were stuck in the system somewhere... So, i uninstalled the drivers and card.. ran Norton and reinstalled the card and XP drivers.. still no joy..
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A:Hard drive failure!

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HelloMy desktop computer has been acting up as of recently. Before boot times use to be very fast but now boot times are taking a lot longer. Then when I would boot the computer it would say media presence not detected and try to boot over the network. I looked online and saw that a solution to this was to reorder the boot order so I ensured that windows boot manger was the first and followed the instructions online to disable the boot over network. Now when I attempt to boot I get a screen that says no operating system installed on the hard drive. I then ran a hard drive test which the hard drive failed. Then I reran the test and the hard drive passed. So is my best option to replace the harddrive? In this case is this the 16gb ssd harddrive that needs to be replaced or the 1tb hard drive? Thanks for your help

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A:Hard Drive Failure?

@New_Guy1?, welcome back to the forum. It would be your main hard drive (HDD) that needs to be replaced.  The SSD is simply used as a cache for the HDD.  You should consider replacing the HDD with a SSD.  The performance increase is amazing. I have a loaner HP 860-170vr Gaming desktop.  It came with a HDD installed.  Upon first boot, I couldn't believe how slow it booted.  I installed a Samsung EVO 840 500 GB SSD that I had purchased earlier.  It made a world of difference.  If you buy a HDD it should be the same size or larger than the one being replaced.  This is to assure that the Recovery media will work. If you decide to go with a SSD I suggest Samsung.  They seem to work the best with HP BIOS's.  I will be glad to tell you the best way to install it. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hello, hope someone can help save our new hard drive.

We were running an old 10 gig hard drive that ran out of space, so we bought a new 40 gig about a week ago. Made CD's of all the files on the old one and copied them onto the new disk, installed the programs like Windows ME, etc from the original disks. Also installed latest editions of AdAware and SpyBot.

New drive worked fine for a couple of days, then SpyBot found several spyware/dialer programs. Ran immunize. Next day, during online viewing of Yahoo, mouse cursor disappears! Have to turn machine off manually. Turn machine back on, but scandisk won't run. Won't get past first Windows ME screen (white background, logo that says "Windows ME", has small blue line at bottom that waves slowly from left to right). Finally got to Scandisk from BIOS, but it says there are "bad clusters" and identifies the information on them as "SpyBot". Makes bad grinding noise when trying to copy information so that the bad clusters can be identified and named as bad. Says time to run scandisk is 36 hours!

Is there any hope? Any way to recover the information that was new (and not backed up yet, since it was only a few days old - sadly including child's birthday photos)? We switched back to the old disk to get online and look for help.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

A:New Hard Drive Failure

Hi There!

If this is a New Hard Drive, did it come with any diagnostic programs on floppy?

If not, then go to the drive maker's website and download their diagnostic software.

There will be a setries ofn tests you can run from it. There's usually a Quick Test that simply looks at the front end electronics on the drive, then there's an Extended test-this will verify the integrity of the drive.

If the drive is making a grinding noise, run the Diags and when it generates an error code, call the Drive Maker's support line with the code still on the screen. they will be able to issue an RMA to get a replacement Hard drive under warranty!
Good Luck!


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I recently (4 months ago) installed an additional 80 gig hard drive on my PC. Yesterday it seemd to fail on me. When I click on the drive my computer freezes and only a hard reboot will work.

I have tried using Norton Utilities and it also freezes part way through the diagnostic test on the drive - the strange thing is it performs all the initial tests, but freezes the computer about 10% into the directory by directory test.

Does anyone have any solutions on how to overcome this problem or it the hard drive finished? Its an all music hard drive thats about 60% backed up.


A:Hard Drive failure?

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Hi all

slight problem with my pc, its randomly failing, once the computer is booted after about 30 seconds onto the desktop, the computer will randomly fail to detect the hard drive and you can hear whinges from the pc as if its failing, the hard drive indicator will no longer show hdd activity and the computer will freeze completly and restart. it will then reboot and show up "detecting ide drives" for about 10 seconds, then find it, and then the computer whining will start and restart.

I found leaving the computer off for a while will then get to the desktop before it does the same thing

my guess is either hard drive failure or faulty cables or motherboard?

i really dont know anyone care to shed some light.

A:Hard drive failure?

You can try disconnecting and reconnecting the cables, especially the power connector, but its likely the drive itself. I'd be 100% sure you have any data backed up or the while drive backed up or cloned. Then I'd be looking at replacing the drive.

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I was on my computer tonight and internet explorer froze, no biggie things have froze before, but then the blue screen came up and said "beginning physical memory dump" "physical memory dump complete please restart".

When I went to restart, it will not go into windows - it says "disk read error press ctl+alt+delete to restart!!!!!!!

At that time it makes a little "grinding" noise coming from the hard drive!

Swapped master and slave hard drives cannot get it to work. is it possible to extract data from a damaged hard drive? oh please tell me me many took me 6 months to create a lot of that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tried to install windows (thinking that maybe it was missing a driver or some system file) and it recognizes the drive is there, but says "disk is unformatted, damaged, or not compatible..." so even that wont work!!!!!!!!

oh please...I have not recently backed up my stuff - all my music, html webpages, digital camera images...I've got to be able to recover it!~~!

O/S is windos XP Pro. drive is a IBM Deskstar 60 (40gb)


A:Is This A Hard Drive Failure?

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I left the computer on standby last night to wake up to an over heated computer in the hard drive/mousepad area
I lifted the lid and hard rebooted it since I thought it was the usual: Graphic card failure blah blah and it took me straight to the windows recovery? Instead of right to the windows 7 loading screen. The computer has been acting normal no clicking screeching and what not from the drive. I haven't installed the latest updates since usually they usually cause problems on the computer anyway. So. Now It says I have a bad drive.
Well heres the other news:
I have a live UBUNTU cd to run on it to see if something could possibly be wrong with the drive...
It finds theres no OS boot on the disk???
But my desktop installed it just fine?
Live disk is 10.10
Also I am trying to boot to another hard drive (external) and it doesnt recognize it?
Is this a Bios problem? Or did the hard drive really die?
Also.... How could it die without possibly giving off symptoms of dying??

Also I don't have an enclosure for this drive so I cannot get the bluescreen off that appeared last night. Since USUALLY thats why theres a black screen.

Is the hard drive dead?
Is the bios messed up?
Why won't it let me use Live CD?

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I get the following error code 2000-0146 when I run the diagonistic test in the computer.
However... I am trying a system restore?

anyone have any suggestions?
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A:Hard drive failure?

Go to Seagate's website and burn their SeaTools hard drive diagnostic utility to a CD. Place CD in drive, reboot, test will take over; run short and especially long DST.

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Hi There,

Think my HD may be failing. First, a few black screens have occurred on bootup. After normal shut down this A.M., it booted into the BIOS screen, after noisy boot. I simultaneously pressed Ctrl + Alt + Del expecting to get Task Manager. Got Advanced Options Menu. Pressed enter, booted to Windows normally. And just now, got louder than usual "whirring" noise on bootup, which went on to boot into Windows normally.

Question is: What would my options be if the Drive totally fails? I've got Personal Data saved. And all I have is Recovery Disks for this laptop. Would those be able to be installed on a new Drive if needed. I'm under the impression that I have a Smart Drive. Wouldn't that warn me if the Drive was failing? No warnings yet! And what type of Warning should I look for? So, how should I prepare for HD failure?

Also, how do you feel about HDTune? Yes! I used it and saved info. to Documents. Stated HD temp is 127, and climbing.
Posted concerns on KSOD here > KSOD Questions

Gateway ML6714 Laptop
Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2080 @1.73GHz
2.00 GB 32-bit
Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
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A:Hard Drive Failure????

Is this a laptop or a desktop..
You might need to remove the hard drive.. connect it externally to another computer and do a full back up of all your data..
Then install a new hard driv in the computer, install the windows and drivers then reload your data
or you can image your faulty harddrive to a new one and replace it to your computer.. this can be the easiest way but the hard drive might not be able to get imaged if it is getting clutters errors.. or not readable..but pretty sure you can access it as been externally plugged to another pc..

I you do not have any hard drive imaging software.. you can use acronis free trial
Download free trial versions of Acronis products and Documentation
You can image your actual hard drive to another one just by booting from cd..

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Hi there,

I am trying to repair a friends laptop. It does not boot at all, however the hard drive does try to start with. It sort of does one rotation as if its about to do something then stops. I get no screen activity whatsoever, however it has flashed something for about a milisecond, once or twice.

I have removed the hard drive & plugged it into my other PC with a USB adapter. I have scanned and removed a few viruses using symantec. I can access all system & user folders like this, and everything seems in order. I tried putting it back into the laptop after that, but it still does nothing apart from the first spin. The CD-Rom drive opens and the Wireless light is on, but the Hard Drive Activity light never comes on.

Please could someone advise what they think it could be.... never some accross this before!!

Thanks alot

A:Hard Drive Failure

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i am attempting to help a friend who's hard drive has failed and he had not backed it up!!!!!
i have installed win2k on a new hard drive for him and connected the old hard drive as a slave. using Nero i have attempted to copy the necessary data from the old hard drive but get a message about not finding the path when i try any open up various files on the drive.....
it appears to me the hard drive is dead and all data is lost.
are there any utilities i can use to try and recover the most important documents? someone has suggest to me norton utility but this seems a waste of money.

A:Hard Drive Failure

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Hi all,
Yesterday I came back to my computer and there was a pop up on the screen telling me that there is an update for Itunes available. So I clicked on install, but nothing happened.
Then I wanted to close the pop up, but could not. All was frozen. I had to shut down by pressing the power button. When windows was reloading, it was taking a long time, I get a message that if I wanted to stop checking the drive to hit any key. I let it check, but after an hour or so it was not advancing beyond 74 %. So I shut down again and this time I hit enter when the above message appeared to stop the check. It booted. I ran Chrystal disk info and the second hard drive has problems. To avoid the long boot up, I tried to disconnect the second hard drive, but then I get a blue screen telling me that a device in not available and to put my windows disk in and repair windows. Somehow the second hard drive has to be connected to boot, but when I connect it, it takes a long time and wants to check the drive, but never finishes.
Besides a bad drive, how come it will not boot when I disconnect the drive.
Any ideas?

A:Hard drive failure

Sounds like the boot sector and boot loader are on one drive while guess what? 10 is on another! When first seeing 10 go on was that an upgrade or clean install?

For the initial 10 upgrade here last summer 10 wouldn't even go on! After I reviewed the Clean Install guide guess what? I found out that not only did I have to unplug the 7 host/boot drive to allow 10 to first upgrade over the clone and later a clean install of 7 on the second now 10 host/boot drive but also had to unplug the two storage/backup drives as well where one saw the temp install folders and the other later found to have the boot files!That made my day!

That sounds similar to what you are seeing as far as unplugging one drive and not able to get anywhere due to the misplacement of the mbr and boot loader. But the one thing you will want to find out now is whether or not it's the drive OS that is at fault or is it the 10 install whether upgrade or not being the source of the problems.

If you nave the 10 media made up or can boot live from something like a Linux cd or dvd in order to view both of the drives while plugged in you could easily identify which drive saw 10 go on it as well as find out if you are able to access the drive or not. If not either the drive may have gone DOA on you or the Partition table may have suffered an oops! moment on you. How old is the drive? while even a new drive can go ... ut ohhhhh.. on you while some drives last a long time. There are some free tools available from eac... Read more

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I'm not particularly good with technology, however a lot of my friends have told me that before long my hard drive will fail. My pc has been running slow and I can no longer run most applications including things like Microsoft Word without continous moments of not responding. Games that once ran smoothly now pause constantly and sometimes crash my laoptop alltogether. Sometimes it can take up to five minutes for them to start up in the first place and loading webpages are super slow even though the wifi is working fine. Windows also freezes quite often. Last night, I was drawing on Paint Tool Sai and suddenly the entire laptop froze and said my PC ran into a problem about an hour later. It never started gathering information so I had to shut it down. Sometimes when I try to start up my laptop, it sometimes says that there's something wrong with the hard drive. Nowadays it's very rare for me to be able to start up my laptop without running into that error. If i'm lucky, it'll start up if I try again to restart. The final issue I've noticed is with the space on my c drive. It's diffucult to explain so I'll post a picture below: Is my hard drive really failing or is this something I can fix?

A:Possible Hard drive Failure?

Phantomsylveon llo;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about possible hard drive problems and wanted to help.If your drive is failing, there is nothing you can do to fix it and the sooner you copy stuff off, the better chance you will have of being able to save information before it dies. Please follow the directions in this link for testing your hard drive: that confirms your drive has failed, then you need to replace it.  Please report back if that is the case.Good Luck========================================================================I am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.---------------------------------------------------------------If my posts helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol on my post to say thanks.If my posts solved your problem please click "Accept As Solution".========================================================================

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I have an Acer Aspire PC with dual 500Gb hard drives. Recently the C: drive stopped responding and we received the black screen with mouse pointer but nothing more.

Having tried numerous attempts to correct this I decided to cut my losses and reinstall Vista however we had documents on the Desktop that were desperately needed so removed the HD and put it in another machine with the hope of copying the files.

Running DiskManager on it showed that the c: partition was not accesible, stating that permissions were corrupted. Putting the HD back into the original PC now gives a Disk Read error.

Booting from a Boot disc doesnt show the drive as existing.

It also turns out that I dont appear to have the original recovery disc so cant even reinstall.

This is turning into a nightmare.

A:Hard Drive failure

See if you can get up and running using this method
If you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options. Choose an option tht will not cause you to lose your stuff.

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: frequently asked questions and What are the system recovery options in Windows Vista? If your computer does not include Startup Repair, your computer manufacturer might have... Read more

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Recently my laptop's hard drive failed. Its replacement won't be arriving for a few weeks and I was wondering if it is at all possible to boot an OS from an external hard drive (understanding that this will decrease performance) so that I might perform very small tasks on it.

A:Hard Drive Failure

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i have a suspected hard drive issue with a windows xp system,
the system has alot of files and documents and programs that i need, i have made a backup of my files and documents,
i have a new hard drive that i will install xp onto, then load my backup onto it,
my problem is, i dont have the install cds for all the programs i use on the old hard drive, most importantly microsoft office package,
is there a way to transfer the programs over also?
i guess what im asking there a way to copy the entire contents of the drive to a new drive?.....including programs?

A:Hard Drive Failure

Is the PC running well enough to run an entire system backup? Technically, you could clone your failing drive straight to the new drive, if the failing one is running well enough to complete the task. If you are right about the drive beginning to fail (not yet failed), that should solve your problems.
Otherwise, if OS corruption turns out to be the problem, you can simply troubleshoot your problems using the traditional methodologies once it is on the new drive...
Here is some info on imaging and cloning:
In your spot, I think this is the only option you have with regards to your programs. You have already backed up your files, which is great.

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Hi everyone, my external hard drive fails to power up and I don't know how come. I'm fussy when it comes to powering down and removing hardware from systray and I can't work out why this Buffalo 1TB failed on me.
Thanks in anticipation for any help

A:Hard drive failure

If it's not powering up, then the power pack the enclosure is faulty.

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I have a peculiar issue that happened with my laptop, while in the process of backing up it suddenly froze and i was forced to restart it. After restarting it i was greeted with a black screen and a message "Missing Operating System". A couple restarts later and now it's stuck as "Reboot and Select Proper device or insert boot media in selected boot device". I attempted to fix my computer using a system image iso on a USB External hard drive, but System repair cannot fix it, none of my existing system images work.

Strangely when i attempted to use the command prompt function, i could not find my OS drive, and when looking up the drive letter C:\, i was getting my storage drive which is normally D:\, and the D:\ Drive game a message "This device is not ready" The Bootrec.exe/ScanOs detects no windows version installed.

It seems the bios still recognizes the OS drive though(Intel 510 ssd).

I'm not sure if this is just some very peculiar windows issue created by terrible timing, or my SSD has died for a second time, but this time without any warning.

Took the drive out...tested it on another computer, the entire drive is *Unallocated*

Attempted to enable it as its *not initialized* but i get a Data Error Cyclic Redundancy.

A:Hard Drive Failure? or otherwise

Welcome to the forums Len19,Startup Repair
From my knowledge, the BIOS has checked all the devices for a bootable sector, but could not find one, this may due a corrupted boot sector or damaged boot files.

You could try using the diagnostics for your SSD.Intel? Solid-State Drive Toolbox
Here's some general troubleshooting steps:Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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So a while back I bought a new hard drive and installed a new copy of Windows XP on it. Basically, I've been dual-booting two copies of Windows XP, although I really only use the copy on the new drive.

Today, my old hard drive began spinning without stopping and my whole computer started lagging. Unfortunately, my old drive has finally failed (I've had it for a good 7 years heh). But, like I said before, it doesn't really matter because the copy of XP I use is on the new drive.

Unfortunately, I didn't realize that it DOES matter because the MBR is on the old drive that died.

To make matters even more confusing, I've been running my "new" copy of XP that is on my new drive as a slave drive.

Now, when I try booting into Windows, I get a lovely "reboot and select proper boot device" message.

I've tried everything. I've removed my dead drive and made my new drive to the master drive slot, but I still get the same message. I've tried running FIXMBR and FIXBOOT from the WinXP Recovery Console and that hasn't helped either.

Also, the hard drive is recognized in the BIOS, so it's not a faulty cable or anything like that I don't think.

Does anyone have any ideas? It's really late and I'm desperate and tired. :P

A:Hard Drive failure...Now MBR is gone?

put the drive back into the slave position and run

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A friend just gave me a HD to see if I could read it in one of my externals and recover some info.
This Drive is not even spinning up ... the 12V and 5V supply to the HD are good.

By any Long Shot - is these something else I can try to get this Drive "Jump started"...
Before I deliver the bad news and call the Mortician.

A:Hard Drive Failure

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Please help repair my hard drive. I receive a notice of imminent hard drive failure when I start my computer. The error says:

1720-SMART Hard Drive detects imminent failure. To ensure no data loss, backup contents and replace this hard disk. Attribute Failed #05.
Model: Maxtor 6E020L0

I had to use the restore CD/operations system CD in order to get to the desktop.
Here is a HJT log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:44:18 AM, on 8/12/2006
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq EAB Software\cpqek.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Management Agents\cpqalert.exe
C:\Program Files\Compaq\LCRMS\LCRMS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Management Agents\Dmi\Win32\bin\Win32sl.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Directory... Read more

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I got an Avira popup warning of malware. i said remove. Then I got windows xp recovery popup of critical hard drive issues. I said fix, it showed defraging. Then it said 5 critical errors could not be fixed. Advanced module needed purchase? The error is (installed IDE/SATA hard disks. restart system, which I did but am getting same windows xp recovery window. Also when i went to programs it said empty. Also keeps making that error sound

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I got an Avira popup warning of malware. i said remove. Then I got windows xp recovery popup of critical hard drive issues. I said fix, it showed defraging. Then it said 5 critical errors could not be fixed. Advanced module needed purchase? The error is (installed IDE/SATA hard disks. restart system, which I did but am getting same windows xp recovery window. Also when i went to programs it said empty. Also keeps making that error soundYour HDD is not failing your system is showing the classic signs of the XP Recovery Virus, Hopefully some one will be along to move your post to the relevent malware section.Iain.

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So I think my hard drive may have finally failed me. My computer was freezing a lot, usually a couple minutes after start up. It's also freezing during chkdsk. I did the diagnostics thing from the boot menu and the hard drive test failed with error code 0146, which probably is some way of telling me my hard drive crapped out. What's odd is that when I go into the bios setup, it still detects my hard drive (it shows my primary hard drive as my 320gb hard drive) so I assume it somewhere detects my hard drive. So I guess here's my questions
1. Is my hard drive really dead? Or is it something else perhaps?
2. Seeing how I havnt made a backup of anything, is it possible to recover any data. I heard something about getting another hard drive and an external closure and doing something with that.

Thanks for the help

A:Hard drive failure

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I keep getting message: BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. I've researched google, and other tech forum sites. I have tried setting the hard drive to the first boot device, tried booting to a win xp cd as well as a hd diag cd. I've tried booting with cd's in both optical drives. I've connected the hd to a usb to ide/sata adapter and didn't get anything. It doesn't sound like it's getting much power. It didn't come up in my computer computer. The hard drive is not showing up in the BIOS This is what the BIOS looks like:
Primary Master [None]
Primary Slave [None]
Secondary Master [(s&s&s&s&s&s&s&s&]
Secondary Slave [None]
Do you think its the ide controllers on the motherboard, the motherboard as a whole, the hd, the cables? There are no swollen or blown caps on the motherboard.

A:Hard Drive Failure

Your drive is almost certainly dead. You've done all the proper tests without results, so it's time to say farewell and buy a new one.

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Hard drive short check failure ID: M4VATW-6NX88D-MFGJXG-60QN03    product ID: E0K02UA#ABAFailure happened after attempting to perform a restore to factory setting following infection with Watch Dog. Operating system had been updated to windows 10 (free 64-bit) from windows 8.1 Original OS was windows 8. Everything was working fine until WatchDog. Can not reinstall windows, restarts over and over.Am I salvagable? Any help would be greating appreciated.

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A couple of days ago I installed a new Maxtor 40GB 7200 rpm ultra ata/133 hard drive. My original hard drive was a 30GB 7200 rpm drive and I followed the install instructions. My new drive is now my primary c: drive which work ok and my d: original drive just died, I think. I see the D: drive using my explorer but when I click on it a message says d: is not accessible. I really don't think that the drive is dead because I was using Drive Image 7 to try and copy c: to it but an error message came up so I had to click ok to remove the message. When I rebooted , a message came up saying primary slave drive failure and it started doing scandisk. After that was completed the computer booted up and the explorer shows a d: but I cannot access it. Next I wanted to update my Norton rescue discs but now it gives me this message:

Drive Overlay Detected
Rescue disk has detected that your hard disk uses a Dynamic Drive Overlay (DDO). Rescue disks cannot repair hard disks that require DDO. If you are sure that your system does not use a DDO, click yes to make a rescue disk. Otherwise, click no to close rescue disk.

What is a drive overlay and how did it get there and what can I do to check if it is really there. If it is there, how can I make rescue disks. All suggestions and replies will be appreciated. TIA


Win 98SE
Tyan S1854 Trinity 400 MOBO
384 ram

A:Hard Drive Failure (HELP)

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I'm running windows 7 on my machine and yesterday it began to slow down incredibly. Things stopped loading, right clicking gave me the loading wheel and eventually everything stopped. I shut it down and tried turning it back on. The BIOS loads fine but when it got to windows it took 5+ minutes before telling me windows did not shut down correctly and in subsequent boots it took time to tell me windows did not boot correctly. I managed to get logged in once, I got ventrilo working and it worked fine the entire time. Explorer froze on my over and over again. I managed to get my data backed up off my second hard drive. Today I only plugged in the first hard drive and it booted up fine and I got my data copied to my external. While it was copying my hard drive was making a clicking noise (Uploaded the audio to Could this clicking noise mean the hard drive is the source of my windows problems? Online I saw that it could mean the drive is failing, which would explain why windows was running so slow. It is not clicking now and everything is working fine.

Sorry for the wall of text

Thanks, mistahsizzle

tl;dr Windows very slow, hard drive clicking, failure?

A:Hard Drive Failure?

Try downloading and installing HDD Health to see the condition of your harddrive.

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I'm currently trying to fix a problem witha laptop it has windows 7 installed. Startup Repairs returns the message that the system volume is corrupt. I've been running an administrator command prompt and chkdsk is telling me that the hard drive is write protected so I've then through command prompt used DISKPART which told me the disk wasn't write protected but I ignored that and told it to clear write protection anyway to be doubley sure it wasn't write protected. Anyone know what might be the problem. Windows won't boot up. In system recovery options where you can open an explrer window and you can see the X: boot drive and C:\ hard drive if I try to access the hard drive it freezes up until I click cancel think off the top of my head gives some error message about write protect after clicking cancel. I can run regedit but it seems as though even though DISKPART is telling me the disk isn't write protected it somehow is. Is the hard drive just ruined or does anyone have any suggestions?

There's also a hard drive diagnostic in the BIOS which refuses to run gives some read or write error.

A:Would you say this is hard drive failure?

Determine the manufacturer of your hard disk. Download their testing utility, the one that runs from a bootable CD. Run the extended/extensive test.

That is the best way to know if the disk is good or bad.

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Hi all,I have a problem with hard drive. My old hdd seems to be crashed and windows couldnot not be loaded. So i bought a new one amd installed windows 8 in it. Now, i attached the old hdd as a secondary drive. But after doing so my windows would not load properly, it would take hours to load. I downloaded a few data recovery bootable cd, which runs fine without the old hdd. But when i attached the old one, even they would not run. I have failed to recover my data from the old hard disk. Plz help me so that i can recover my important datas from my old hdd.Thanks in advane.

A:Hard drive failure

You may want to put that drive in an external enclosure and connect it via USB. Wait until windows is fully up and running before you plug it in. It sounds like the drive electronics have failed so doing this may not even work. If the onboard controller has failed data recovery is pretty well impossible though the use of recovery software.

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It is a Hitachi Deskstar model HDT722516DLAT80

The computer bios will not detect this drive when booted as master or slave.
Bios will not detect it when installed by itself.
When installed as slave with a good bootable drive, bios will not detect either drives.
When installed on a external usb drive, the drive does not get detected either.

Please help.

Thank you.

A:Hard drive failure need help

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My laptop (Sony Vaio) froze up a couple of days ago. I went to reboot and it displayed a blue screen with text for less than a second then restarted again. It continued cycling through until I powered off.
I reinstalled Windows XP; however that will not boot either. It says a different file is either missing or corrupt every time I repair xp and boot. One time it did boot but all I got was the desktop background and the mouse pointer.

I tried to use CHKDSK, but it will not go past 0%.

Is this hard drive failure, some other problem, or what???

A:hard drive failure????

Yeah your hard drive has definitley failed. Whenever you get messages about corrupt files, you know your HD is failing. And the fact that CHKDSK can't scan it would seem to support that.

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My friends laptop - a Dell 8600 - decided to stop working the other day. She went to turn it on and it displays a boot device failure saying that no hard drive is detected.

Before this happened, there were no problems with the HD - no bad noises, no blue screens, nothing!

I tried using Spinrite and APR and neither saw the hard drive. It basically doesn't exist to the computer anymore. I took it out and attached it to another computer via a IDE to USB cable. Windows doesn't detect the HD no matter what.

I also tried running chkdsk in BartPE and it returned this message:

cannot open volume for direct access

What the hell happened?

A:Hard drive failure?

Its pretty safe to say that the drive went up. Whenver you suddenlyget messages about the hard drive not being found, boot device failure, etc., its agood sign that the HD kicked the bucket. To make sure I'd suggest running a diagnostic on it to see if it reveals anything. But I'm fairly certain that the HD is gone.

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Hello to All,
You may remember a problem I had assisting my cousin get his laptop running. He actually went and got a WD backup drive. He has been running good. Has a tendency to overdue the AV scans, Malware Scans and CCleaner Scans. Anyway, he booted yesterday and a timed to start on "Boot Normally" with safe mode and safe mode with network etc: screen came up. He advised he got logged on and ran everything for anything with no luck. Every time he reboots ( 2-3 times ) it came up as described. I had him do a chkdsk. When it finished it booted normally and has several times since. Since this is the condition the computer was in prior to me helping him a month ago, I thought as a minor leaguer, that I'd inquire with the forum members. Is it possible his toshiba laptop which originally ran Vista, he got it dumped for W7 Home Premium, has the 160 GB Hard drive beginning to croak. Or am I missing something. Thanks for any assistance.

A:Possible Hard Drive Failure?

Has a tendency to overdue the AV scans, Malware Scans and CCleaner Scans.

A good place to start. Update and run the active AV.
When done download, update and run full scan with Malwarebytes.
Might as well leave Mbam on his lappy as it would appear they will need it often.
It is an on demand scanner so won't interfere with the active AV.

Run Windows Disk Cleanup as Administrator first and get rid of all the internet Temp files etc.
That helps a lot. There is always unwanted junk in there if it builds up over weeks.

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Hello. I am trying to re-format my system ( dell xps 600 ) but I'm having some trouble. I am currently running windows media center edition 2005, and I have my boot cd and my info to activate it. My problem is when I choose to boot from the cd, my hard drive fails, and the setup cannot continue. When I restart the system normally with no boot cd, it goes into windows xp as if nothing happened.

My friend told me to run chkdsk to test the drive, and it is currently running.

any advice will help.

thank you

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one of my hard drives failed, I am using runtimes getdataback to restore what I can, but I am wondering if anyone knows why it did this...
I figure it overheated, but I don't know.

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Hello Folks,
This past August i purchased a Dell PC. It has 160gig Hard Drive. Last night while finishing up some work my PC froze. Because i couldnt move i rebooted my machine. After i rebooted my PC was stuck in the Windows XP boot screen(The screen where that little blue bar scrolls just before the PC boots into windows). It wouldnt boot into windows. I decided to reboot again, and again it just shows the windows xp scroll bar trying to connect.
I then called Dell, i was asked to boot up and press F12 to do a diagnostic. It came back showing "Failure 7". The Dell "Guru" epxplained to me that my hardrive had failed on me. I asked what could cause something like this to happen, they told me it was a "factory defect" and that someone from dell will be out to my house to replace my hardrive within days.
My question to you folks is this. I have tons of MP3 files, Data and files that i have in my PC that i cannot lose. Im not really educuated on what to do when these things happen. Granted, dell wiill come out and replace my hardrive for me but what about all my files? What can be done to save or may e transfer to the new harddrive? I have tried to get into safemode to do a system restore but the system will quit on me and freeze.
Any help on this would be so much appreciated. Thank you in advance folks.

Phoenix az

A:Hard Drive Failure/Please Help

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i have a hard drive that failed. its a Western Digital WD1200 IDE.. i wanted to recover some data from it. whenever i started the CPU, you can hear a CLUNK CLUNK sound. so i took it out and switched it to slave and put it to another CPU. still made the sound and it was not finding that harddrive. Is there any way to get the data back, or is it completely dead.

A:Hard Drive Failure

You can get hard drive data recovery, but it`s extremely expensive

You could try wrapping your hard drive in two plastic bags and putting it in the freezer for an hour or so, Then, take it out and reconnect it to your system. This might let it run one last time, just long enough for you to retrieve your data.

Regards Howard

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