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liweilun

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Hi,

A previously available IDE HDD in my desktop is now unavailable. It's installed as a slave on the Primary IDE channel. I've checked both Computer Management and the BIOS -- it's no where to be found. I've also confirm the drive is definately spinning.

BTW, when the pc boots the intial screen seems takes a little longer than it used to. It happens while the pc is trying to detect the IDE devices, but I'm guessing it's taking longer because it' having difficulty with the HDD.

Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Brian.
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Neil Jones

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if the drive isn't being seen by the BIOS, Windows isn't going to see it either.

Assuming the BIOS is set up to look for the drive (most modern BIOSes look for drives on all ports by default) and doesn't find it, it usually means the drive is on the way out. Just because its spinning doesn't mean its readable, all it means is that the motor is working.
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liweilun

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Any suggestions on how I could help coax it back to life. Or at least enough to grab the data off of it?

Thanks.

Edited by liweilun, 25 December 2006 - 08:05 AM.

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The ways are plenty. The success methods are not always successful; it depends on how the drive is screwed up and whether the bit of the drive that is screwed up is the bit that translates the data signals.

From what you've said to date, it sounds possibly like a firmware failure - the brains of the drive. The power circuits are working (as its spinning) but its basically brain dead.

Some people swear by putting the drive in the freezer overnight, but again it depends whats actually wrong, and a physical failure inside the drive won't be fixed in sub-zero temperatures.

Google "hard drive resurrection" and see what you find.
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