Damaged PC, HDD problem, Cannot read or write

  Epirb406 19:50 20 Feb 2007

Hello all,

Why I tell people I can help with their problems and the end up in this kind of situation is something I don't understand!

Asus Pundit, book sized PC, significant water damage, no post, no boot.

Connect new PSU, boots intermitently to 'Disk Read Error'.

Replace Bios battery, slightly more reliable boot to above.

Remove HDD, place in caddy and try on other machine via USB. HDD activity light goes to red for disk activity and stays there. Disk not seen on other machine. Try to reboot, the presence of the HDD prevents PC from booting.

Return to damaged machine, replaced HDD Booted with win XP disk, got disk read error.

Then booted with Seagate utilities disk (It is a seagate Barracuda 160 GB HDD) Drive is recognised and identified for capacity and type. Start diagnostics but disk fails read test and diagnostics abandon test.

Then booted to DOS with a disk from bootdisk.com. CHKDSK will not run, in fact DOS cannot see the disk at all.

The HDD is making 'normal' noises, it is powering up and reading/writing. ie whirrrr....crackle crackle!

I am now checking out MB and IDE connections with a clean windows install on the damaged machine, which, as we speak is about 23 mins away from completion.

Thanks for getting this far, I know the HDD needs to go in the bin and probably the rest of the system too but is there anything else I can do without sending the HDD off to a proffessional data recovery specialist to get this fellas photos back?

Thanks, Epirb.

  Technotiger 20:01 20 Feb 2007
  brundle 20:04 20 Feb 2007

IDE is the only way to connect to a drive of this kind, USB interfaces don't support SMART and have to translate all the information from the drive.

If the manufacturer's diagnostics fail, you are out of options for recovery yourself, unless you believe in the trick of putting the drive in a freezer overnight (in a bag).
click here

  Epirb406 20:05 20 Feb 2007

Thanks for the link.

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear, the caddy I used to check the damaged HDD has a USB interface,

Brgds, Epirb.

  Epirb406 20:10 20 Feb 2007

Yep, seems the bag is pretty crucial!

Am loath to admit defeat because drive is spinning and making the right noises, suprised that it is not giving any of the right responses.

Though the PC is tatty and water damaged the HDD looks in perfect nick.

Brgds, Epirb.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:34 20 Feb 2007

DOS cannot see the disk at all.

DOS will not beable to read or write to a Disk in NTFS.

Connect the drive as a slave to a working PC, can you see the disk in disk management.

  Epirb406 21:14 20 Feb 2007

Unfortunatly that isn't an option I have.

All my systems are compact ff except the one that runs the house accounts and that one doesn't get intefered with!

Do you think it should have registered as an external drive in the Caddy?

Brgds, Epirb.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:11 20 Feb 2007

If putting in external caddy should be set as master.

When in caddy can you see the drive in disk management.

  Epirb406 22:15 20 Feb 2007

cannot see disk but hdd activity light on caddy is constant

Brgds, Epirb

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:19 20 Feb 2007

cannot see disk but hdd activity light on caddy is constant

symptom of ju,per set to slave while in caddy.

It is far better when recovering HDDs to fit internal.

  Epirb406 22:58 20 Feb 2007

Tomorrow is another day as they say......will report back,

Brgds, Epirb.

PS all good advice very much appreciated in my absence!

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