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Old 07-15-2011, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Here's what happened: screen went blank when trying to switch users in Windows. After waiting several minutes I powered the PC off and turned it back on but it got stuck on the BIOS screen for several minutes. I turned it off and on but same result, one time it gave me boot disk not found error.

I plug the hard drive to my laptop using a dock but it's not recognized by Windows, no red question marks in device manager. It powers up fine, no odd or clicking noises but after like 2 minutes it will stop spinning then it will spin again. I plug another hard drive using the dock and it immediately gets detected.

Is there any hope of reviving it without using expensive data recovery services?
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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It sounds like mechanically the drive is fine but the integrated board is hosed.
I am not sure if swapping the drive (obviously soldering is involved, etc. so definitely not for the fainthearted!) trick would work but in order to do it, you would need another drive that is identical to the failed one.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:42 AM
 
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Swapping a hard drive's controller doesn't require any soldering, but if there's any chance at all of it working, you'd need to find a replacement that's a perfect match.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:52 AM
 
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Could be the MBR is screwed up on the disk??

How about the OP running some type of disk diagnostic first before telling the OP to replace the logic card on the drive...

I feel sorta sorry for the OP but dang, how many times do we see this where the user has no backups?

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Old 07-15-2011, 02:18 AM
 
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I'll see if I can find an identical hard drive. I believe I read somewhere that the board wouldn't be the issue if the drive spins though.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:20 AM
 
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Could be the MBR is screwed up on the disk??

How about the OP running some type of disk diagnostic first before telling the OP to replace the logic card on the drive...

I feel sorta sorry for the OP but dang, how many times do we see this where the user has no backups?

Blind Faith in Technology
I used to subscribe to Mozy online backups but their renewal rate was too much so I canceled it last April

I never got around to finding another backup solution
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:57 AM
 
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You need to tell us whether the hard drive is recognized by the bios on one or more computers.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:01 AM
 
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It sounds like mechanically the drive is fine but the integrated board is hosed.
I am not sure if swapping the drive (obviously soldering is involved, etc. so definitely not for the fainthearted!) trick would work but in order to do it, you would need another drive that is identical to the failed one.
And usually successful only if the board is exactly the same, and the serial# of the drives are close, indicating they were manufactured in about the same time frame.
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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Swapping a hard drive's controller doesn't require any soldering, but if there's any chance at all of it working, you'd need to find a replacement that's a perfect match.
One one model of Quantum (back in the day), I had to but you are right with the new drives, I reckon that is not the case. Yes, matching it with a compatible, identical (same series, manufacturing time zone, etc.) would be the hardest.

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You need to tell us whether the hard drive is recognized by the bios on one or more computers.
I agree. His initial post did seem to indicate that it was getting stuck at POST with drive in so I assumed BIOS was not able to see it properly.
But, if BIOS sees it but not Windows, then a screwy MBR might be the case so the above suggestion wouldn't apply at all.
If BIOS cannot detect it either then ...

I would recommend going to the drive manufacturer's web site and download its (free) bootable diagnostics tools that usually come with the retail box. Burn it on a CD as it would be bootable, then boot to it with the drive connected. See if the drive's own diagnostic utility can detect it.
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Old 07-15-2011, 01:04 PM
 
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I will check the BIOS on another PC, hopefully later today.
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