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Old 07-10-2006, 05:55 AM
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I've "lost" a hard drive


When I bought this computer back in October, I had my old hard drive installed so I could still access all my files, but suddenly it aint there Any idea as to how to figure out what happened to it?

I noticed the computer was labouring a bit, so I turned it off for a while to give it a rest and when I fired it up again, the secondary drive had gone

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Old 07-10-2006, 06:29 AM
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Are you on windows xp?

IF so do theses steps:

press start
contro lpanel
Administrative Tools
Computer Management
on the left side find: disk managment and click it

Check to see if the hard drive is listed there @ the bottom/top and make sure it has a LeTTER assisnged to it. If its there and you see it doesnt have a letter assisgned to it than right click and click "change letter and path". From there pick a letter.


Also, you said its a OLD hard drive. How old is this drive? It mightve died, but you can bring it back to life by stickign it in the freezor for abit than taking it out and putting it in ur computer. It should work than and youll be able to get ur old files off before it dies. Ill get some more information on this method if it seems like your problem.

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Old 07-10-2006, 06:45 AM
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Are you on windows xp?

IF so do theses steps:

press start
contro lpanel
Administrative Tools
Computer Management
on the left side find: disk managment and click it

Check to see if the hard drive is listed there @ the bottom/top and make sure it has a LeTTER assisnged to it. If its there and you see it doesnt have a letter assisgned to it than right click and click "change letter and path". From there pick a letter.
No it isn't listed
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Also, you said its a OLD hard drive. How old is this drive?.
Just a baby six years old.

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Old 07-10-2006, 07:09 AM
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Is the bios not picking it up?

Take it out of the machine, put it in a bag, and put it in the freezer for a few hours, try reconnecting it and if you can get in get all your data off there right away.

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Old 07-10-2006, 09:46 AM
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When I bought this computer back in October, I had my old hard drive installed so I could still access all my files, but suddenly it aint there Any idea as to how to figure out what happened to it?

I noticed the computer was labouring a bit, so I turned it off for a while to give it a rest and when I fired it up again, the secondary drive had gone
hi anon,
is you cmos setting set to auto detect all hard drives?
i suggest connect ONLY ur crashed drive, remove the working one from pc,
boot from bootable cd or floppy,
try fdisk/status
and see what you get to see.

Can you hear any cranky sounds when ur pc is booting ?
Hope this helps.

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Old 07-10-2006, 10:17 AM
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[Just a baby six years old]

This is why companies give all the way 5 years guarantee. They know it will die in 6th year

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Old 07-10-2006, 11:29 AM
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Have you tried a system restore Jan?? (This might work)

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Old 07-10-2006, 12:14 PM
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Have you tried a system restore Jan?? (This might work)

Good luck honey...God bless





Thats the OS part. If its now showing in CMOS than its before the OS therefore a restore wouldnt have any effect. Hmm.

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Old 07-10-2006, 01:48 PM
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Is the bios not picking it up?

Take it out of the machine, put it in a bag, and put it in the freezer for a few hours, try reconnecting it and if you can get in get all your data off there right away.

Dan


Hehe, I did that to my laptop a couple years ago, since I heard the drive clicking and it wouldn't boot up.
Still works this day =)
So, I suggest you try that out Jan.


-Jarrett

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Old 07-10-2006, 03:10 PM
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Hehe, I did that to my laptop a couple years ago, since I heard the drive clicking and it wouldn't boot up.
Still works this day =)
So, I suggest you try that out Jan.


-Jarrett

Hope, you dont keep important data on that drive. Who knows it might crap out soon again lol.

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Old 07-10-2006, 10:53 PM
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Great news! It came back after shutting down again, I missed the setup screen to look at that stuff and it fired up, so I checked to see if the drive was there before I shut down again to enter setup and voila!

Now to get my files off there before it really does die on me

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Old 07-11-2006, 12:02 AM
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you should try keeping all your data and files on an external hard drive so whenever u get a new computer, you can just easily plug in and play.

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Old 07-11-2006, 05:20 AM
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Congrats on it coming back





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Old 07-11-2006, 08:10 AM
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I knew it. Congrats

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Old 07-11-2006, 09:09 AM
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Whilst I am glad the drive is "back", does anyone have a clue as to why it decided to "hide" for a few hours? Can't say I have heard of anything like this in all my computing years.

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