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wannabe1

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I'm betting your HDD is toast.

Let's see if Linux can see it. Download Puppy Linux (top one in the list), and burn it to a cd just as you did the RC.iso disk. Boot your machine using that disk. It will run in the memory rather than from the HDD so it may allow us a peek under the hood...so to speak.

You'll have to mount the drive, if it shows up, by clicking on the Drive icon that will appear on your desktop.
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gave it a try, got the following:

boot:
Loading isolinux: Disk error 80, AX = 4290, drive 9F

Boot failed: press a key to retry
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That about sums it up. Even Linux can't find the drive.

I'd say you need a new HDD...... :)

If you have important files on the drive that you need to recover, it would be a good idea to not try too much more. You may be able to slave the drive to the new master and recover the files. Usually, when a drive disappears like that, though, it's because the drive's controller board has gone bad.
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ok. i appreciate all your help though. whats an average cost for a new HDD (a reliable brand)?

Edited by RyMaster17, 28 April 2008 - 09:46 PM.

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Prices on HDD's are coming down all the time. Sample Prices

Stay with Seagates or Western Digitals.
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will all of these internal HD's work with a windows notebook?
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Nope...you will need to look at drives like These or order from the manufacturer.
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