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Old 08-13-2007, 07:19 AM   #1
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I moved over the weekend, and after hooking my pc back up, it turned on and I attempted to play some music. No sound so I tried switching the audio cable, I dropped it, it touched the case, I heard some sound coming from the speakers, looked up and there was a physical memory dump error and then my computer shut down.

I tried to turn it back on, it stayed on the Motherboard logo screen for about 3 minutes, and there was a very soft repetitive beeping coming from the pc. Not the loud BIOS beeps you listen for when, but softer. When it stopped beeping, the screen displayed that there was no boot device. I rebooted and entered the BIOS and it could not detect my SATA hard drive. After messing around with it more, switching the SATA cables, which SATA plug I used, changing which power cable I used, I concluded my hd was dead. I bought a new hard drive, hooked it up, installed windows and it was fine.

After windows was installed, I tried hooking up the "bad" hd to another SATA port. Same beeping, and it took a while to boot but it did, but still couldn't detect the drive in the BIOS. Any ideas? Can I get my data? Any additional info needed?

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Old 08-13-2007, 08:13 AM   #2
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sounds dead to me! usually if you connect it along with your primary boot device, you should be able to access it in explorer through my computer & copy your files, but, if the bios can't even detect it then I don't think theres much hope, short of going to a data recovery expert that is! Good luck though
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Old 08-13-2007, 09:30 AM   #3
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That is what I figured. Guess I learned the hard way to keep a current back-up. Luckily I was able to pull my music off my mp3 player, and didn't have anything vital on my computer. Talk about a pain in the butt though.
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