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Hard disk drive does not boot


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nizarimad

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HI
Please help,
The following is occurring:

Intel UNDI PXE-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright © 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

This Product is covered by one or more of the following patents :
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US6,115,776 and US6,327,625

For Realtek RTL8111B/8111C/8111D Giga Ethernet Controller v2.20 (080826)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF : Exiting PXE ROM

Boot Failure
Press any key to continue

Edited by nizarimad, 27 February 2013 - 05:43 PM.

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Check your boot sequence in the bios because that error message usually means it is trying to boot to a network drive.
Change the boot sequence to cd and then hd. Save the settings and exit: if it works then that is your problem. If not it might be a data cable that is the issue.
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I already checked it out. The sequence is in the order you mentioned.
And the cable is plugged.
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It has to be in your boot sequence where it is looking for a network or pxe boot. If it is take it out of the boot sequence.
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And at the boot menu it shows that there is no hard disk.
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Does it see the hard drive in the bios where it identifies all drives attached?
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no it does not.
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OK then you may have a dead hd or again a power or data cable they may not be connected corrected or faulty.
You should check the cables again reseating them to make sure they connect correctly and then if still no luck I would say then next step would be try connecting the hd in another system and see if it can be seen. If so then it may be a controller problem on the motherboard.
If not then I suspect the hd is dead.
Any clicking coming from it before this or any issues that may point toward a faulty drive like slowing down or lots of error messages?
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well yes the pc was becoming very slow recently and freezing many times.
If the hd is dead, will there be any way to get the data on back ? or its gone ?

Edited by nizarimad, 27 February 2013 - 06:37 PM.

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You can try a Linux Live cd or try hooking it to another system and see if it is found then. If you don't have another system to hook it to then try the below.


UPDATED April 20, 2012

Use Puppy Linux Live CD to Recover Your Data:

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***Required Hardware***
CD Burner (CDRW) Drive,
Blank CD,
Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)

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1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:
  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso)
    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software

    There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/

  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer
  • Extract All files to a location you can remember
  • Double Click Posted Image BurnCDCC
  • Click Browse Posted Image and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded
  • Open/Double Click that file
    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x
  • Click Start Posted Image
  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically
  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray
  • Click OK
Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created
2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second
  • Start the computer/press the power button
  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup"
    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen)
  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to:
    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd
  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk
  • Press F10 to save and exit
  • Agree with "Y" to continue
  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD

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3. Recover Your Data
  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM). You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer". Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning. Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy. To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once. Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to. This is normal. Ready? Let's get started.

    3a. Mount Drives
  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. Posted Image
  • A Window will open. By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted. Click on Mount for your hard drive.
  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount.
  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted.
  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab. Mount it now.
3b. Transfer Files.
  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon.
  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1
  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1
  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows)
  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window.
For The Novice: The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos.

Remember to only click once! No double clicking! Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy. Choose COPY each time you drag and drop.

YOU ARE DONE!!! Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer. Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations!



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If you're doing this to recover from a virus or malware infection, (or even if you're not), DO NOT copy executable files (.exe, .scr. etc...) if any of these files are infected you could be copying the corruption over to any new device/computer. just copy documents, pictures, music, or videos.

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Thank you for all your help, its really appreciated. :)
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No problem and I am here till you determine if the drive is completely dead or if you get the data off it.
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Hi again
I tried to hook the hard disk to another system... and still did not work .. :(
Any ideas ?
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First did you mange to get the data you needed backed up using Puppy Linux? :confused:
Secondly if the drive is not identified on another system I suspect it has failed completely at this time and a replacement is needed. :upset:
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i will try backing up my data using Puppy Linux.
do you think it will work even though the hard disk was not read by another system?
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