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Bios detects slave hd, then fails on bootup


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genesis71

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone can help me. My secondary HD has a deleted partition. I have software that can recover my data, but the problem is BIOS is detecting the slave, but when the pc boots up, I get the message "primary slave hard disk fail". I don't think it's a mechanical problem. There's no noise grinding or clicking coming from the drive, which is a Maxtor 6E040L0 40 GB ATA drive. I have the jumpers set correctly, and the cable is fine.

Is there any way to get XP to recognize the drive so that I can recover my data? My floppy disk drive is broken, but I do have a CD burner.

Any suggestions?
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I'm thinking that the system is not going to recognize a drive without a primary partition. Maybe gerryf or Murray-S, or someone better aquainted with the problem can help you restore the partition without damaging your data. It's mostly a question of knowing what kind of software will do it and what procedure to follow.
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Thanks Tyger. :tazz: I really need help with this. I need to recover my data, and I'd rather not pay a grand for it if I don't have to.
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