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Crashed hard drive


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Mrcheeks

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My friend gave me his computer to take a look at and i beleive he has a crashed hard drive. I attempted to boot my computer with his HD as a slave in my machine, but while booting i recieved an error saying "Primary slave drive failure" and i was sent to the BIOS. after exiting the BIOS and restarting the same error appeared, creating a circle. I was wondering if there was a way to boot my machine with a crashed HD in the slave slot and attempt to salvage any data for him, or if he has to pay a professionals outrageous prices? any help is appreciated :tazz:
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This depends somewhat on whats wrong with the drive.
If the drive is physically damaged (ie head crash, blown component on PCB, spindle pack up etc etc) then you are not gonna be able to recover anything off of it yourself. You would need to send it to recovery specialist, even then, its not guaranteed, especially if the drive has head crashed.

Does the drive make any weird noises, no noise at all or does it sound normal (ie spinning up etc)?

If it sounds OK, then check the jumper configuration on the rear of the drive for master/slave setting.
Try connecting it to the secondary controller instead of the primary.

If you can get into the bios with the drive attached AND the bios detects the drive, but the system still won't boot, then try this :

In the bios, change the conditions on which the system halts. This is normally called HALT ON : disk/key for example.
If your bios has this setting, then change it to NO ERRORS.

Also, disable SMART MONITORING for the drives.
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nah its deffinatly a physical problem. When the computer starts to boot the HD makes those clicking noises they make when theyre dead. The BIOS doesnt recognize it at all. i suppose he'll have to test his luck with a professional.

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