My machine has (had) 2 hard drives. Primary master (40G) & slave (80G) and a DVD writer set up as secondary master. Running XP Home SP2.
I have a problem with a hard drive that was running as the primary slave.
It all started one night when shutting down. It just didn't, it sat there for about ten minutes doing nothing. (It wasn't installing updates by the way).
I had to hit the reset button and then it booted up & shut down normally.
Next morning upon start up I got the message: "HD failure, no operating system detected insert boot disk", or something similar.
The only way I can get the machine to boot now is to disconnect the primary slave then everything works fine. So thus confirming the 40G drive with the operating system is OK.
Everytime I connect this drive to either primary or secondary IDE's I get the same HD failure message. I am beginning to suspect the power side of the drive now.
Anyone have any ideas how to recover the data from this drive as it was only about 80% backed up
The drive was a genuine IBM 80G. Never had this happen to a hard drive before
Any help would be truly appreciated.