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Old 04-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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i was in the middle of a game, when suddenly it started to slow down incredibly drastically, which is the first time it has occured like this. so i tried task manager and tabbing out, but it failed to do anything, and continued trying to load the game cinematic. after leaving it for a while, it still wasn't doing a lot, so i pressed reset and it turned off immediatly. i know that is what caused it, but it may help somewhere? i'm not sure.

anyway, the problem is that bios very rarely detects the hard disk anymore, and when it does it fails to boot. when starting up it begins to spin, there are a few clicks, it stops spinning, and repeats a few times before giving up.

i've unplugged the wires and plugged them back in again, like the manufacturers troubleshooting guide said, but it still won't work.

my question is is there anything i can do to make it work, or is there at least a way of recovering my data?
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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I've done a plenty of salvaging

1) Don't put your HD in the freezer or any other cockamanie cures.

2) Buy a new HD or two

3) Stop using this HD, unplug it and set it somewhere safe. The more it clacks the closer you are to NEVER recovering that data.

When you get your new installation done and sorted, and you have new drives space and partitions to copy the data TO > then you can add this drive again and if it makes it to the point of being recognized and assigned a drive letter, copy the files from it. If it starts puking out during this time, you will get windows errors and maybe failed write delays etc, so reboots may be needed.

I wouldn't entertain any fancy recovery software at this time. If the controller board or head controller is failing that software can't help you.

All drives go to heaven, it's just a matter of time (and warranty)

This drive may be old, but it may also suffer from being too hot, so if you do not have have proper airflow and ventilation, solve that problem before you re create this scenario.


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Old 04-07-2009, 12:27 PM   #3
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alright, i'll stop trying to do anything lol

it's about 2 years old, but it's pretty rubbish, so i'm not too bothered, but there's a few pictures and stuff i'd like to get back.

i ordered a 1tb samsung, so it's a really big upgrade from a 160gb lol, getting it tomorrow.
so, if i plug the 160 into a spare port and boot from the new one, it's possible i can get some stuff off it?
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:35 PM   #4
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Yes, that's the plan.

However, when you go to add the new Samsung, you are going to completely un cable that old drive! Swear on it.

When you install the OS, make a partition of 51200 and install Windows. Once you get in to Windows, you will use the Disk Management and carve out at least one more partition for storage, and two would be better. They will get new drive letters, you can change the driver letter to your liking.

Sooo, once that is done, then you shut down and power off. Add the old drive back and boot up, do you see this in the BIOS now? If yes, restart and load windows.

At this point the old drive should be detected and assigned a drive letter, at this point you can start the file transfers. Once completed, shut down and remove the old drive from the case. Commit whatever violence to it as you see fit. It has some nice magnets inside for your fridge.


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Old 04-07-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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i don't get why i should make extra partitions, if that's what you're saying. why would you need more than 2 partitions on a hard disk?

does it make it read files faster from those partitions?

and i promise i'll take the old one out xD in fact, i have plenty of time, i'l do it in a minute.
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