Hard Drive not found error

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by ToriOtsuki@gmail.com, May 2, 2007.

  1. Guest

    My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    afford to take my HD to a recovery service.

    Thank you
    Tori
     
    , May 2, 2007
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  2. Aardvark Guest

    On Wed, 02 May 2007 06:21:13 -0700, ToriOtsuki wrote:

    > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > friend's computer.


    How did you 'connect it' to your friend's computer?

    Change the jumper on the back of the drive to 'slave' and connect it on
    the same IDE channel as his hard drive (with his HD set to 'master'). If
    you can't get it to work then, I'm afraid it's gonna get expensive.

    At least there's a lesson learned here- regular backup is a good idea.
    I'll be willing to bet you'll do it when you get a new HD.

    --
    Registered Linux User 413057.
    Both Mandriva 2007 and Ubuntu 6.06
    You can have it all. My empire of hurt.
     
    Aardvark, May 2, 2007
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  3. Desk Rabbit Guest

    wrote:
    > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    > children's health on that hard drive.


    Backup, backup, backup.

    > Any information that will allow
    > me to recover these files will be appreciated.


    Rule number 1 in the data recovery handbook, "Do not **** with the
    original drive"

    > I can not
    > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.


    I fear that with a dead drive, that may be your only option.
     
    Desk Rabbit, May 2, 2007
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  4. Deano Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.
    >
    > Thank you
    > Tori
    >


    Is mentioning SpinRite a good idea here or is that crappy software from that
    twit at grc.com? I bought it a few years ago as an emergency to rescue a
    floppy and it worked.

    There is that and other software that can have a go at recovering data
    depending on the severity of the problem.

    Next time set up a free backup account at say www.mozy.com and invest in an
    external drive to hold daily backups.

    Here's a lifehacker article about potential recovery methods;

    http://lifehacker.com/software/life...ree-computer-system-recovery-tools-251903.php
     
    Deano, May 2, 2007
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  5. old man Guest

    If the data is really irreplaceable - by definition it isn't otherwise you
    would have backed up - dont touch the drive, send it to a recovery
    specialist and be prepared for a big! bill, on a no recovery no fee basis eg
    ontrack.com


    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.
    >
    > Thank you
    > Tori
    >
     
    old man, May 2, 2007
    #5
  6. Guest

    On May 2, 8:28 am, Aardvark <> wrote:
    > On Wed, 02 May 2007 06:21:13 -0700, ToriOtsuki wrote:
    > > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > > friend's computer.

    >
    > How did you 'connect it' to your friend's computer?
    >
    > Change the jumper on the back of the drive to 'slave' and connect it on
    > the same IDE channel as his hard drive (with his HD set to 'master'). If
    > you can't get it to work then, I'm afraid it's gonna get expensive.
    >
    > At least there's a lesson learned here- regular backup is a good idea.
    > I'll be willing to bet you'll do it when you get a new HD.
    >
    > --
    > Registered Linux User 413057.
    > Both Mandriva 2007 and Ubuntu 6.06
    > You can have it all. My empire of hurt.


    Removed it from my computer, used it as a slave to his HD as the
    master, I suspect they used the same channel.

    Thank you
     
    , May 2, 2007
    #6
  7. Guest

    On May 2, 12:06 pm, "old man" <> wrote:
    > If the data is really irreplaceable - by definition it isn't otherwise you
    > would have backed up - dont touch the drive, send it to a recovery
    > specialist and be prepared for a big! bill, on a no recovery no fee basis eg
    > ontrack.com
    >
    > <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    > > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    > > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    > > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    > > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    > > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    > > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    > > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.

    >
    > > Thank you
    > > Tori



    You assume that I am more than just a user. My ex was the geek in the
    house, I am going to back up everything on my laptop, but it does not
    help with the information that I was too ignorant to make back ups
    for. Yes much of it is irreplacable, otherwise I would not be here
    looking for help.

    Thank you
    Tori
     
    , May 2, 2007
    #7
  8. DanR Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On May 2, 12:06 pm, "old man" <> wrote:
    >> If the data is really irreplaceable - by definition it isn't otherwise
    >> you
    >> would have backed up - dont touch the drive, send it to a recovery
    >> specialist and be prepared for a big! bill, on a no recovery no fee basis
    >> eg
    >> ontrack.com
    >>
    >> <> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:...
    >>
    >> > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    >> > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    >> > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    >> > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    >> > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    >> > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    >> > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    >> > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    >> > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    >> > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.

    >>
    >> > Thank you
    >> > Tori

    >
    >
    > You assume that I am more than just a user. My ex was the geek in the
    > house, I am going to back up everything on my laptop, but it does not
    > help with the information that I was too ignorant to make back ups
    > for. Yes much of it is irreplacable, otherwise I would not be here
    > looking for help.
    >
    > Thank you
    > Tori
    >


    "Sometimes" if you can find an identical drive... you can trade out the
    electronics that are sitting on top of the drive. It's a fairly simple
    procedure. This is assuming that the electronics are the problem.
    You said you installed the drive in your friends computer as a slave. Did
    you change the jumper setting on your drive to make it a slave? You didn't
    specifically say.
     
    DanR, May 3, 2007
    #8
  9. Guest

    On May 2, 6:26 pm, "DanR" <> wrote:
    > <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    >
    >
    > > On May 2, 12:06 pm, "old man" <> wrote:
    > >> If the data is really irreplaceable - by definition it isn't otherwise
    > >> you
    > >> would have backed up - dont touch the drive, send it to a recovery
    > >> specialist and be prepared for a big! bill, on a no recovery no fee basis
    > >> eg
    > >> ontrack.com

    >
    > >> <> wrote in message

    >
    > >>news:...

    >
    > >> > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    > >> > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    > >> > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    > >> > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    > >> > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    > >> > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    > >> > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    > >> > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    > >> > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    > >> > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.

    >
    > >> > Thank you
    > >> > Tori

    >
    > > You assume that I am more than just a user. My ex was the geek in the
    > > house, I am going to back up everything on my laptop, but it does not
    > > help with the information that I was too ignorant to make back ups
    > > for. Yes much of it is irreplacable, otherwise I would not be here
    > > looking for help.

    >
    > > Thank you
    > > Tori

    >
    > "Sometimes" if you can find an identical drive... you can trade out the
    > electronics that are sitting on top of the drive. It's a fairly simple
    > procedure. This is assuming that the electronics are the problem.
    > You said you installed the drive in your friends computer as a slave. Did
    > you change the jumper setting on your drive to make it a slave? You didn't
    > specifically say.


    Oops. When we removed the harddrive it was already set as slave.

    Thank you
    Tori
     
    , May 3, 2007
    #9
  10. Meat Plow Guest

    On Wed, 02 May 2007 12:46:00 -0700, ToriOtsuki wrote:

    > On May 2, 12:06 pm, "old man" <> wrote:
    >> If the data is really irreplaceable - by definition it isn't otherwise you
    >> would have backed up - dont touch the drive, send it to a recovery
    >> specialist and be prepared for a big! bill, on a no recovery no fee basis eg
    >> ontrack.com
    >>
    >> <> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:...
    >>
    >> > My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    >> > least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    >> > friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    >> > windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    >> > of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    >> > many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    >> > children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    >> > me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    >> > hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    >> > afford to take my HD to a recovery service.

    >>
    >> > Thank you
    >> > Tori

    >
    >
    > You assume that I am more than just a user. My ex was the geek in the
    > house, I am going to back up everything on my laptop, but it does not
    > help with the information that I was too ignorant to make back ups
    > for. Yes much of it is irreplacable, otherwise I would not be here
    > looking for help.
    >
    > Thank you
    > Tori


    Unless you can get the drive to be recognized by BIOS you have no chance
    of recovering the data on your own.
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    Meat Plow, May 3, 2007
    #10
  11. Guest

    wrote:

    >My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is toast, or at
    >least frisbees. The hard drive is not found even connected to a
    >friend's computer. Hard drives can be easily replaced, I have the
    >windows xp operating system cd, etc. But this hard drive have 6 years
    >of my life on it. Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and
    >many other things. I have some very important files needed for my
    >children's health on that hard drive. Any information that will allow
    >me to recover these files will be appreciated. If I can rescue the
    >hard drive that would be nice, but that is not important. I can not
    >afford to take my HD to a recovery service.


    As Deno mentioned

    Take a look at SpinRite http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

    Practice using Spinrite on an old drive, when your comfortable with
    it's use, use it on your bad drive, unless the drive won't spin up
    SpinRite can retrieve your data.

    With Spinrite you can change the way the heads track, moving the heads
    to the edge of the sectors can recover bits and pieces (if it comes to
    that).



    --
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    Not spam, just good reading.
     
    , May 5, 2007
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  12. thanatoid Guest

    wrote in
    news:eek::

    > wrote:
    >
    >>My windows xp system crashed. I think the hard drive is
    >>toast, or at least frisbees. The hard drive is not found
    >>even connected to a friend's computer. Hard drives can be
    >>easily replaced, I have the windows xp operating system cd,
    >>etc. But this hard drive have 6 years of my life on it.
    >>Pictures of my kids that can never be replaced, and many
    >>other things. I have some very important files needed for
    >>my children's health on that hard drive. Any information
    >>that will allow me to recover these files will be
    >>appreciated. If I can rescue the hard drive that would be
    >>nice, but that is not important. I can not afford to take
    >>my HD to a recovery service.

    >
    > As Deno mentioned
    >
    > Take a look at SpinRite http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm
    >
    > Practice using Spinrite on an old drive, when your
    > comfortable with it's use, use it on your bad drive, unless
    > the drive won't spin up SpinRite can retrieve your data.
    >
    > With Spinrite you can change the way the heads track,
    > moving the heads to the edge of the sectors can recover
    > bits and pieces (if it comes to that).
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > http://www.fark.com/
    > Not spam, just good reading.
    >


    WHEN will humanoids realize hard drives are NOT dependable for
    storing important data permanently?

    Sigh.

    --
    Disagreements and the usual insults expected and welcomed.
     
    thanatoid, May 5, 2007
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