I take that the HDD has gone KAPUT

  freefx 08:45 23 Jul 2005

My PC suddenly cant boot to my secondary HDD although the BIOS still 'sees/detects' it. Even if i boot to my windows XP on my master HDD, the operating system could not detect my secondary Disk. So do I take that it has gone KAPUT? i tried to repair the MBR using fixmbr but not sure how to do it correctly.

Cant anyone suggest how i can recover my files from this failed HDD?

  jack 08:52 23 Jul 2005

Cant think houw MBR wouldl sort out a failed piece of hardware.
However carry out the following.
1. take cover of the box
place and on the dodgy drive- can you feel it running?
If yes- simple now ensure the data cable is fully home BOTH ENDS and the power is fully home also.
Also go to the drive makers website and down load any Check/Repair-software they may have and run it.

Then try once more - cables can and do work out one pin out and it dont run.

However if it is dead then dead it is- recover is possible - for the price of a new computer probably.

  Mikè 09:07 23 Jul 2005

Not an expert on these matters but don't you need some sort of boot manager installed to to this?

  freefx 09:52 23 Jul 2005

Disk is running allright as the bios can dtect the make and size of the disk , just that windows doesnt want to know. Cables are all plugged in correctly.

  jack 11:57 23 Jul 2005

OK now go the Makers web site to see what software they offer for remedial work.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:21 23 Jul 2005

Hard disk checks before you condemn it
click here

Hard disk tools :-
Seatools click here
WD Data lifeguard click here
Maxblast3 click here

  howard60 13:32 23 Jul 2005

try removing the ide cable and putting in the one for the cd drives. Check for cable select/master/slave and see if it can be recognised and used like this.

  phono 02:48 25 Jul 2005


  Terry Brown 07:19 25 Jul 2005

Have you tried a different cable as it a possibilty that that cable has gone duff ,i.e. one of the pins not connecting properly.

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