Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

Q: did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

My Dell Dimension 4100 turns on but the green light does not light up...I can hear the fans running, I can open and close the dvd and cd parts...I can plug in my mp4 players and charge it..but the monitor does not show anything but a black screen. Nothing comes up.

Is my motherboard fried or did I crash my hard drive? I dont know what to try...my sister gave me the tower from her old compaq presario s4020wm but it wont work with my dell monitor. I also tried and old mv740 compaq monitor but that didnt work either. I thought I could use the old one until i got mine fixed (or bought a new one)

if I cant get mine fixed then can someone offer some advice on how to get the monitor to work with the compaq tower?

I am on my nephew's laptop and he is staying until tomorrow so after that, i wont be back for help so if I disappear...its not because I dont care, lol!

thanks so much for any advice...

Preferred Solution: did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: did I crash my hard drive or fry my motherboard?

Read other 10 answers

I have an older Dell (4700 I think). The computer won't turn on at all anymore. The amber light comes on and the fans run fast and furious. I get no video, not beeps, nothing. I took it apart, cleaned it, reseated everything and put it back together. Same thing. I took the hard drive out and tested it on my husband's computer. It didn't boot. So I took his hard drive out and tried it in my computer. His wouldn't boot from my system. Is there any reason both my computer and my hard drive would both crap out at the same time? Is there hope for my computer?

A:Solved: Hard drive and/or Motherboard Crash

Read other 14 answers

This system has less than 300 hours of usage on it (probably only half that). Started getting a long error message on start-up, which included "insert boot media", so I first thought it was an OS corruption.  Spoke to Support, and was advised to purchase physical media to restore ($21.65), since the partition wasn't working. That failed.  Opened new ticket, determined the hard drive was bad (still under warranty, but barely).  Paid $40.00 to ship to be repaired.  When I received it back, the same thing occurred in less than three weeks (no longer under warranty).Took to local Microsoft Store.  The determined that drive was OK, but the motherboard or other major hardware malfunction is responsible - enough so that they can't even run diagnostics. Was going to contact Gateway/Acer to inform them, but no email links on their website - only in-warranty chat - it's almost like they're hiding from the consumers. Have spent over $450.00 and basically have an expensive boat anchor.  I could have spent $350 on a Toshiba laptop and been happier. Thanks a lot Gateway/Acer...

A:Hard drive crash (and motherboard failure) - Gatew...

n-Warranty SupportAcer offers both chat and phone support for in-warranty products, to help you return your product to factory working condition. To determine your warranty coverage, view your warranty document. Chat:Chat with an Acer support professional.  Phone:Dial 866-695-2237.

Read other 1 answers

This system has less than 300 hours of usage on it (probably only half that). Started getting a long error message on start-up, which included "insert boot media", so I first thought it was an OS corruption.  Spoke to Support, and was advised to purchase physical media to restore ($21.65), since the partition wasn't working. That failed.  Opened new ticket, determined the hard drive was bad (still under warranty, but barely).  Paid $40.00 to ship to be repaired.  When I received it back, the same thing occurred in less than three weeks (no longer under warranty).Took to local Microsoft Store.  The determined that drive was OK, but the motherboard or other major hardware malfunction is responsible - enough so that they can't even run diagnostics. Was going to contact Gateway/Acer to inform them, but no email links on their website - only in-warranty chat - it's almost like they're hiding from the consumers. Have spent over $450.00 and basically have an expensive boat anchor.  I could have spent $350 on a Toshiba laptop and been happier. Thanks a lot Gateway/Acer...

A:Hard drive crash (and motherboard failure) - Gatew...

n-Warranty SupportAcer offers both chat and phone support for in-warranty products, to help you return your product to factory working condition. To determine your warranty coverage, view your warranty document. Chat:Chat with an Acer support professional.  Phone:Dial 866-695-2237.

Read other 1 answers

I apologize in advance if this topic is not in the right forum. I am having serious issues with my Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP 32bit Media Center Edition. I bought a Seagate 500gb/7200rpm hard drive about 6 months ago and got a message this morning saying "read failure on internal hard drive". I am pretty sure it died as I've slaved the hard drive to another computer and it's not being recognized but the motor is still going. On to my main question here.... How do I know that it's not the motherboard that has gone out? I've been having problems here lately with my quickset drivers as well as my video card drivers but I thought that problem had been resolved. I've also been infected with countless virus's and trojans as of late even though I have anti-virus programs/malware programs. I had the "google redirect" for the past month and was finally able to get it off just Saturday. My motherboard crashed about 2 years ago and was replaced under warranty. I've read that the motherboards in this particular model are crap.

I am worried about my motherboard as I put another hard drive in the computer and I just kept getting BDOSs but it was too fast for me to see an error code. This hard drive is configured for Vista 32bit and is for a different model Dell and different motherboard so I am not sure if that would make it not work.

My second question would be if I had to replace my motherboard would I have to go back with OEM ... Read more

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 hard drive crashed... did motherboard crash also?

There's no reason to think it's the board.
Did you make a warranty claim on the drive?
Did you install XP on the replacement drive, or just try to use it as is? A repair install may solve the problem, but a clean install would be better.

Read other 5 answers

my hard drive crash and i just bought a new hard drive. but i dont have a windows cd only product key on my desktop case.how can I install windows on my new hard drive?

A:hard drive crash... install windows on new hard drive withou...

Galilee Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about wanting to restore your PC and wanted to help -- but need more information. Your PC did not come with Win10 preinstalled, so if you were to order HP Recovery Media and use that, it would restore the original operating system, drivers, and HP utilities.  I presume this is NOT what you want, right? So, while you can make Win10 media to recover your PC, it would be a clean-install and nothing would be preserved. You can make such media using this tool: Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool - Windows Help Note that when you go do download and build install media, the tool defaults to matching what is already installed on your PC (as in, Home for Home, 64-bit for 64-bit).  While you CAN change these settings, do NOT. If you do, the resulting media will be different and will force you to enter a NEW product code! Good Luck 

Read other 1 answers

The comp want reboot never got disc tryed the f10 but still will not reboot gave the drive to comp tec they said its fried bought new drive sata 1ter 7200 and tryed to use my windows 2000pro to bring it up want come up do I have to buy a new windows xp disc can some one give me a hand i used the comp in my shop for doing graphics in airbrushing,to make templets i lost a lot of data from it the old drive still spins $ are short right now but want the comp backup does anyone have disc for the master reboot of hp hp says they dont have the drive that was in was same as new one except for space I live back in the sticks so town is aways away and a city is hrs away thanks again
thank you

Read other answers

I got errors from Google that my computer had a virus but nothing I ran could find a virus, then the machine would not boot. It would get to point about the time windows tried to load and hit a blue screen. When it rebooted it would ask if I wanted to boot normal or safe mode and then start the whole fail blue screen over. I tried taking the drive out and connecting to my other machines as an external hard drive. When the drive connects to my other machines it brings the other machines down hard - blue screen exactly as if I had tried to boot on the original machine.

The goal is to get the files off the bad drive. I was just shocked that connecting it to my laptop or my other desktop took those machines down just like I was trying to boot the bad drive from the original machine. I am open to suggestions on recovery of any kind.

The original machine is a Dell XPS 8300 Intel Core i5-2320 processor Windows 7 64 bit
The drive is a Seagate 1 Tb 7200.12
The machines I tried to connect faulty drive to as external hard drive were both Win 7 64.
The external hard drive bay is Sabrent USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive

Thank you

A:Hard Drive Crash - Trying to connect as external drive crashes all

There may be a couple of vectors to the virus. One for the boot sequence, another as an autorun in its root folder. I would try usb tethering the drive to a machine on which autorun or autoplay is completely turned off (as in, no exploration), or maybe better, run a Linux live session off a usb stick or dvd. I recommend LinuxLite.

Read other 5 answers

Hard drive crash enquiry
My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

A:Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.

Read other 3 answers

My hard drive crashed seemingly due to a trojan horse. Unfortunately I did not have a recent back up. So I hooked it up as a slave to another drive. I can access some of the data, but my most recent data is not accessable. I'm sure this is because of the password protection on a different profile.

I am using Windows XP Home Edition which does not have the administrator tools that professional does. Isn't there a way that I can get around the security and log in through DOS?

Do I need to use the old motherboard with the new drive in order to do this?

I know there has to be a way to do this and I am desperate to get my data off of the drive.

Please HELP!!!!!

A:Hard Drive Crash-Access from another drive

Background please: Did you try a repair install? No data loss with that.

Can you get hold of/make a Win98 startup disk?

Read other 10 answers

I was on the internet one evening and my mouse stopped working.I then turned off the computor cause thats all it would do after that.When I turned it back on it did nothing but go all the way to the windows xp screen before the sign in page and quit. I was running windows XP SE home edition.On a Sony Vaio.(2003) Do I need a new hard drive and if so what do i do when I replace it as far as partitions and formating?

A:Did my hard drive crash?

Read other 16 answers

HI Folks,

I recently experienced a hard drive failure on my 7 year old computer, the one with W98se OS...

Not to worry... I had 99% of my data files backed up on another computer in my network...

I have since backed that up on a DVD...

See profile below...

I know it failed, because it no longer spins, and the bios cant find a hard drive...

The problem is: If I were to replace the hard drive, I do not have an OS for it...

I removed the bad drive from the computer, and I hung a 1 GB IDE hard drive on the IDE buss. This drive was from my W95 computer that has a dead MB. Using EBD I booted the unit and it ran W95 successfully. I decided to format C: /s as I wanted to clean all the data from it anyway. I then tried to install Windows ME, from my "reinstallation CD", but that did not work. It said "can't be installed on this computer"... I do not know why. Is it due to limited resources, or is it looking for something special? Having only 64 MB RAM and 1 GB drive might be the problem???

Then I copied the contents of the EBD, and a few DOS compatible programs to the drive. It was fun operating only in DOS, as we used to do in the good ole days... I created an autoexec.bat to set the Path and ran some of the programs... So, the rest of the machine is fine. It boots nicely from the C drive and runs well.

The remaining questions are: If I purchase a replacement hard drive for 20 - 50 dollars, how large of a drive can this machine take (having 64 MB RAM... Read more

Read other answers

i know my hard drive crashed, it makes the clicking noise when i try to boot and it doesn't boot. Does anyone know of a way to get the info off it? i have another computer if i need to run software on it, or something, but there is some importatn stuff on it, and was wondering if there is anyway to get it off.

A:hard drive crash help?

Read other 16 answers

I have Windows Vista 64-bit edition on a PC desktop. For whatever reason, my computer has decided that it no longer wants to load Windows. It just keeps rebooting. I've tried "last known good configuration" to no avail. I've also tried putting in the operating system disk, and the computer won't recognize the drive. It lights up for a few seconds, and then goes black. If there is a way I can fix this myself, I would prefer it. However, if I have no alternative, I will take it to a technician. Thanks.

A:Hard drive crash

Read other 11 answers

Hello and thanks
I am using xp home, my computer froze up on 12 18 and had to re boot. Went into a loop and would not load windows. I used a recovery disk and got control but all desktop and program files were gone like I had a new computer. I have pc angel on drive d but it is non diplayable and I dont know how to use it or if it will restore c drive. I hate to walk into a forum and ask for help without even saying hi, but thank you. oh yeh Hi

A:hard drive crash

System manufacturer and model?

Did you use a legal/valid recovery disk for that system?

Have you tried any recovery software? Based on what you've stated thus far...that seems like what you need to do (IMO).


Read other 1 answers

Out of nowhere I got a "bluescreen" today letting me know there was an error writing to D:/. This was odd because nothing at all should have been writing to it, as it's my slave drive and all it holds currently are my mp3's which hadn't been accessed in a few hours. So I rebooted thinking that whatever was happening would be cleared up with a reboot...

Well upon restarting during boot it gave a message that there was a possible error on drive D and that it will now run scandisk. Scandisk comes up, goes over D then at the end it immediatly went into Surface Scan and appears to freeze there.

I've tryed rebooting and attempted to get into safe mode, but it still wants to surface scan before safe mode so it freezes on that surface scan. Any ideas of how to bipass this scan, or fix this scan so I can figure out what the problem is?

os is windows 98se

A:Possible Hard Drive crash!

ok friend advised me to boot into dos (which it was able to do) and do "rename scandisk.exe something.exe" which i did, and then reboot

windows is booting now, but no clue on how to fix this problem =/

Read other 3 answers

Hi Everyone, great website!

My computer has just encountered a major hiccup. During start-up, it made some strange noises, like it was spinning fast then spinning slow, then it suddenly turned off. From what I have read, I think the hard drive is on the way out. I turned it back on, and it started up ok, but I turned it off in fear if it crashed again, all would be lost. Is there any way to back up some stuff from my comp? Is it safe to turn it on when it is on the way out like it is?

Also, for about a year the fan (I assumed) has been making noises (not all the time, sometimes just for a little while). Hard to describe the noise, kind of just like a noisy fan....

Also, occasionally get the blue screen with a 'fatal error' when trying to close down, but this too has been happening for a year or two.

And it's a pretty old computer, probably about 5 years old.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

A:Hard Drive Crash

Read other 6 answers


I own a fujitsu simens E lifebook 6180 and until yesterday was working fine. I use it to work and everything was perfect, until the day I needed to use the bios options and I couldnt because the computer had a password.

I tryed some programs to deactivate the bios password and phoned fujitsu in the UK. The guy told me that to take the password off I would have to pay 203 UKpounds (about 400 Dolares), and would involve eprons to take out, etc...
My laptop do not have a floppy drive so I had a external from a old COMPAQ Aerial 486 PCMCIA and try my luck and introcuded it in the computer. I go to a driver site and install some sofware and the computer behaves ok but do not recognize the floppy at all.

Then also Yesterday night after doing some internet that virus I think MS Blast comes to the laptop and the computer says in a system message that haves to reset becaus of RPC protocol or something like that.. after some seconds i was off. I turn on again and loads windows and i closed it down. After a while i ry to open and NOTHING came up on the screen... seemed dead and i could not access the BIOS becaus eof the password and i could not use floppy because I dont have one.

This morning desperate i open the laptop and removed the cmos for a wjile and when i try again with the bios cmos on again bingo! it worked the bios without password but the computer sitll do not work and i get a message OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND.

I tried with CD rom and a new message ca... Read more

A:HELP: hard drive crash ??!!

You might try to find a low level format utility made for the HD....basically recertifies it to factory specs and will possibly fix any bad sectors that are causing this problem. Try the HD website or laptop website. It will wipe everything off the HD and might take an hour or two to finish (unlike a Write to 0's app which would take minutes). Make sure you have the bios set to FIRST BOOT...CDROM when installing from XP CD.

Read other 8 answers

when I turn my pc on, it gets me to the login screen. but the text and many elements are missing like icons.sometimes the guest account has a password but i never put one. i ran diagnostics and found harddrive problems. startup repair doesnt work and no system restores because it was relatively new so i never made one. any suggestions or help would be appreciated

A:what do i do? did my hard drive crash?

Read other 10 answers

My hard drive stopped loading windows last week. I have tried a couple of recovery programs but they did not work. Here is my story. I have a Gateway PC, 1.9 GHZ P4, 256MB memory, DVD reader, CD R/RW and a wireless network. I had XP home SP2 with all patches loaded. I started my computer last week and got a message that my hard drive was damaged and I should check the troubleshooting section of my manual. I purchased a new HD, installed it and loaded/patched windows XP home. I purchased Hard Drive Mechanic Gold and attempted to recover the HD. I followed all the steps but the old drive still does not boot. I then tried ReadNTFS to see if there were any files I could recover. It scanned overnight but came up with just garbage. Anyone have any suggestions? I assume this is the result of a Virus. BTW I was running Norton AV 2005 with current updates before this happened. Any suggestions? I am moving forward with my new HD but there is data I would like to recover on the old drive.

A:Hard Drive Crash

Read other 10 answers

XP Pro SP2: System is now "clicking" when booting as if a relay is stuck. Have used BIOS to boot directly to CD-ROM WinXP program as 1st boot, but system cannot boot from CD. Clicking continues and both CD drives 'flash' as if they are trying to activate

A:Hard Drive Crash

d/l and run the hard drive manufacturers diognostic utility on the hard drive

Read other 1 answers

My dell latitude E6520 laptop Win7 stopped working.
The last time I used everything was fine, approx 2 weeks ago.
I didn't use it during this time but it was plugged in.
Windows doesn't load, I believe that it is the hard drive, after doing a system diagnostics.
When I remove the hd and using connectors plug it into my desktop I can see it in explorer but not able to access it.
Desktop is running WinXP, and when I try access the laptop hd it asks if I want to format.

any ideas

A:hard drive crash????

It definitely sounds like your hard drive has gone bad. Either that, or it's the SATA cable (if it has one.) But it's much more likely that you'll need a new hard drive.

Read other 3 answers

My hard drive crashed on my desktop PC.  I purchased a new drive but the software was preinstalled on the computer. Do you have recovery disc kit so I can reinstall Windows 7 software on the new hard drive?Thank You

Read other answers

hello, my hard drive crashed on my laptop, and i have to replace it, how do i recover window 8 os, i dont have a usb back up,

A:hard drive crash

@tjoe81 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! Sorry, but you can't recover what you had, in terms of getting it back; what you can do is restore the PC to its original condition -- and for that, you need HP Recovery Media. HP Recovery Media is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you ... Read more

Read other 1 answers

I've just brought a new pc, and whenever I connect my External Lacie 250GB USB hard drive to it, it either causes the pc to crash there and then and restart is needed, or I can access a couple of files on there and then it crashes. This happened from the first time I plugged it in and installed it (I continued the instilation to a sucess upon restart, but within minutes it crashed again) I've formatted 2-3 times also.
On my 2nd pc however, all is fine
Is this a problem with windows on it, USB drivers, ports, what? I've tried all the ports on there (4 on back, 2 front)
Athlon 3800+ X2 64bit
2GB ram
Windows xp Pro
6600GT PCI Express
Thanks, I'm stumped!

A:USB Hard drive crash

Read other 11 answers

I think the HDD has crashed on my 1998 Quantex w/OS Win 98. But want to make sure before a new one is purchased. Opened up case and replaced floppy drive. Upon reboot received "boot disk failure" message. When I try to boot from "a" drive with recovery disk and win 98 COD (whether selecting reinstall Win 98 w/o formatting or format drive first,etc) I eventually receive the following message:
"Unable to create a temporary directory. If you have HPFS or TFFS installed on your hard drive, you will need to create an MS-DOS boot partition to set up windows." This is followed by my CD prompt. When I went into BIOS I don't see anything listed for the primary drive. When the computer starts there is "none" listed beside hard drive category. My system board manual which came with the computer has the number M6TLC Ver 1.0 on it. Would like to at least be able to format drive and reinstall OS if possible. Please advise.
Many thanks!!

A:Hard drive crash

Read other 6 answers

My hard drive crashed in my Gateway laptop. I replaced the hard drive and attempted to reinstall Windows 8 with the system disc and recovery discs Gateway sent me. However, when I try boot the recovery disc in Legacy BIOS mode a warning window tells me this recovery system can only be used in UEFI mode and when I attempt to reinstall in UEFI mode a warning window tells me to boot this disc using Legacy BIOS mode.

A:Hard drive crash

This one of my biggest pet peeves with OEM systems when a HDD has died. Replacing he HDD is not problem but getting the recovery discs to work is a nightmare sometimes.

Suggestion: Download the windows 8 ISO by following this link from MS
"Open the downloaded .exe file and enter your Windows 8 or 8.1 product key. This tool will create installation media that matches your product key — so, if you have a Windows 8 Professional key, you’ll get Windows 8 Professional installation media. The tool will create 32-bit installation media on 32-bit PCs and 64-bit media on 64-bit PCs."

Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

Read other 2 answers

I have a Dell inspiron n5010. The hard drive crashed, error code 2000-0146.
Computed won't load windows 7 and I do not have any restore points. I bought a cheap restore program. Helped a little, gave me the failure code and shows some files on computer
1st question: Can I change the hard drive to an SSD 500gb?
2nd.: Can I program the SSD from my new windows 10 laptop and install it in the old laptop?
3rd: Is this repair worth it?

CPU INTEL i3, 2261 MHZ
System memory 4096MB
Extended memory 640KB
memory speed 1066MHZ

New Computer

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 2200U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx, AMD64 Family 23 Model 17 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7733 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) Vega 3 Graphics, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 905 GB (839 GB Free); D: 24 GB (24 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO, LNVNB161216
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

Read other answers

My computer just stopped working. I cannot even run my recovery disk. I get a message that says either "cannot find hard drive" or "cannot find operating system". The computer has a Celeron Processor and is three years old. I should probably buy another but don't have the funds right now. Thank you for any help!

A:Did my hard drive crash?


It might have. I had one go bad about two mounths ago it was making weird sounds like clicking and finely when I went to go turn on the computer it would'nt boot. :knock:

Read other 5 answers

Hi all,
Not my 1st post, just a new id out of necessity.

Over the weekend my tower block was knocked over with a loud thud. When switched back on there was a blue screen with a message about the C drive and data possibly being lost. Did not record exact message. Switched off. Switched on. It got down to the bottom on what I call screen 2, then left me a capitalized message. UNABLE TO BOOT. LOAD SYSTEM DISK.

Switched off, checked all around inside for loose connections, none found. Hard drive was whirring when powered up. Maxtorr. Same capitalized message when I tried again.

Used Windows ME start-up floppy. Ran SCANDISK/all. Went very quickly and reported no errors. Ran other things (sorry for vagueness) and something else which told me there was no FAT or FAT32 files on C drive. "HUH?" I thought. Have now resorted to FDISK, formatted hard C drive, loaded Windows ME from CD and am now on my way to reloading all progs, etc.

I can't understand how a knock over can cause all this problem? The disk reformatted without problems. It's almost cartoon like in that all the C drive data was somehow shaken off!

A:Hard drive crash

Read other 10 answers

Here's my situation: We had a power brown out during a storm. It fried my power supply and hard drive. I didn't panic too much in the beginning, b/c my computer was still covered, and I had a back up disk. However, the back up disk is not working now. I desperately need to recover the data.

A good friend of mine is a "computer guy", and he came by to help us with it. He did the swap the cuircit board trick, but it was not with an IDENTICAL board, which I keep hearing HAS to be the case for it to work. He did however get it to spin up, but the computer kept reading the wrong size drive (it read the size the from the replacement board's drive), and couldn't get to the data still. Plus, there was that horrible click noise as it spun.

I've heard a little bit (and I know very little about this, so I'm just going by what I've read, etc.) I've hear a little about how it is a good sign that it was spinning again, but not so good that there was the clicking noise. I've also heard I might be OK if we went ahead and got the identical drive and tried again. AND I've heard that if the clicking continues, that we might try FREEZING the drive, and then try to retrieve the data while it's still cold.

So my question is this, I guess:

Do I need the EXACT model board?

WIll that make a difference, and will that help the clicking?

And will freezing it help the clicking?

Are there any other sugges... Read more

A:Hard Drive Crash Help!!!

Oh... here is something else that might help (and again, I have no clue what I'm talking about here): Apparently, the theory my friend has is that the drive spins up, starts its self-test, hits a bad sector, and resets the test. We aren't sure if this is the case or not, but that is the guess at this time. THanks again for any help you can give!!

Read other 9 answers

So for the past few days, my computer began running very slow. Games loaded slow, programs loaded slow. Today, I decided to finally give it a reboot and now the Hard Drive is no longer recognized. I've switched the SATA ports it is connected to and even go into windows installation it doesn't see any drives. Is this a Hard Drive crash?

A:Hard Drive Crash??

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

Read other 1 answers

my hard drive crashed. i have hp pavillion p4 with xp pro upgrade. computor won't start, hard does not work. can i use an usb 2.0 external hard drive (western digital My Book) (and install xp pro) to get my computor going again? or do i have to install an ide hard drive??

A:how do i fix a hard drive crash??

Read other 13 answers

My computer, the last few weeks, has been running very slowly. Yesterday I got home from work and my computer would not boot. It would turn on and the BIOS would come up, then it would either not detect my hard drive or it would say disk read error. I tried unplugging it and switching IDE cables with my CD Drives and now it will not detect my hard drive or CD Rom drives...i took the hard drive and made it a slave in another computer and it ran check disk and fixed about 100,000 files...then it booted and the hard drive was there and all the data was still on it...but i couldnt access it. Like my program files folder wasnt a folder anymore it was some weird file format...so i didnt have access to anything. I dont knwo what to do or whats wrong...maybe something is wrong with the motherboard? it wont detect anything...also when i reset CMOS it says CPU frequency changed or something and gives me a warning. Please help if u have any ideas. Or can tell me if its screwed.

A:Hard Drive Crash?

When you put the hard drive in another computer it may be you lost some of your commputer setup files in the 100,000 files you fixed. My suggestion would be to format it and reinstall the operating system. Prior to this you could hook it up as slave in the other computer and save the files you want to to a CD or dvd.
In terms of the resetting the cmos when you do this the parameters in the bios reset, so you have to enter the bios and adjust the settings to the cpu you have installed.

Read other 3 answers

I have a Dell Inspiron 600m which gave me a blue screen on startup which read "unmountable boot volume" message STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8A28F030, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000) I called Dell tech support and coughed up $50 since I was out of warranty and they tried to enter the recovery console with the OS disk but couldn't get the CD drive to read the disk. Tried other disks and no luck. Now they're telling me that both the hard drive and optical drive failed at the same time and they want me to replace both. I find it hard to believe that they would both fail at the same time. Can someone please help me out here..... thanks in advance.

A:Hard drive Crash??!!!...and more


Read other 1 answers

Hi, i have a some what new harddrive which i have been using for about a month. Until yesterday i was just opening a relativly small program and it just started lagging like crazy. It made this reperative little "eert" sound so i ctrl alt deleted it closed
when i restarted it took like 5 minutes to turn on! Then xp sed it had recovered from a fatal error so i thought it was okay
Then it happened again. But i just ignored it again. Then finally it started getting louder and ctrl alt delete wouldnt stop it so i just restarted it. But when it turns on the bios doesnt detect it any more! I could here the harddrive makin that repetitive "eert" sound. Is my hd broken?!(please no). It was brand new and there are no viruses on my computer. There was sufficient cooling(i think). And i never left it on too long. my SMART was on too. No warning....some one hellppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

A:Hard Drive Crash?!

Read other 14 answers

when I turn my pc on, it gets me to the login screen. but the text and many elements are missing like icons.sometimes the guest account has a password but i never put one. i ran diagnostics and found harddrive problems. startup repair doesnt work and no system restores because it was relatively new so i never made one. any suggestions or help would be appreciated

A:what do i do? did my hard drive crash?

now its saying "missing operating system"

Read other 2 answers

I have a p 1.7 mhz pc, running windows xp. A couple years ago, I was getting messages that my Seagate hard drive was about to fail , so I bought a new one (western digital WD800)and copied all of the files from the old one to the new one. I set the new drive as master and the old drive as slave and they have both been working fine until a few weeks ago. The WD drive with all of my current files crashed. When the WD drive is installed (as slave or master), neither drive is recognized. (The seagate will not boot installed by itself but it is accessible if I install it in another computer as a slave). If I install the WD drive into a different computer, it is not recognized. If I install the WD drive into the different computer as a slave, (with a working hard drive as master), neither one is recognized.

What I am wondering is if anyone has had any experience with WD drives and if it could be the circuit board that is causing the problem, since it affects both drives when it is installed? I really need the data on the drive, and would appreciated any help I could get, in getting it to work long enough to get the data off.

A:Hard drive crash

When hard drives crash, hopefully it doesn't trash the disk platters. One thing I have seen done when a hard disk would not spin up was a technician fiddling with it to get it to spin up again - and it did! In this case, unless you can get the hard drive to spin up, then its probably toast.

Given you get the hard drive spinning so it can boot up hopefully as a slave on another system since your secondary is not in such great shape either, then you may be able to run the Hard Drive Manufacturer's disk drive utility against the disk and repair the bad sectors - maybe, maybe not.

Here is a webpage to all of the Hard Drive Manufacturers. Download their disk utilities for your hard drives and run them against each disk that can spin up.
Links to Hard Drive Manufacturers at:

Here is another useful set of utilities:
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows at:

You might want to check out the following Harddrive Regeneration Tools:
Hard Drive Mechanic: http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/ ($69.97)
HDD Regenerator 1.51: http://dposoft.net/#b_hddhid ($59.95)
HDD Regenerator V1.41 Fixed:
http://www.programmersheaven.com/zone16/cat733/28658.htm (?)
SpinRite v6.0: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm ($90)

Good luck,

-- Tom

Read other 1 answers

(okay, so I am Wilma Flintstone with a dinosaur)

6-7 year old Presario
AMD Athlon Proc.
14gig HD

First - the mouse was "hijacked" (zipped across the screen then disappeared) so I cleaned it, but it wasn't really dirty
Then - the computer wouldn't allow me to do anything, not even ctrl-alt-del
I do a hard restart - starts to boot but doesn't.

All I get is the red "Compaq" screen that appears before Windows boots.

I opened up the computer and cleaned out the bunnies, plugged in and restarted - same thing.

I checked out the cables and found a split but had an open plug before it so I used that - same thing, so that wasn't it.

I have 2 fans and they run fine, overheating doesn't seem to be an issue either, though it may have had a hot moment, who's to know, I never noticed a "hot smell".

I removed my hard drive and placed it into our newer computer, plugging it into the slave port (it only had one available spot to plug it in, unlike my older one with many extra connections). I plugged in the power and started it. I booted up with my hard drive not with the newer drive (128 gigs, XP). But it booted up okay and I played with some of my programs - the ones I was on when it crashed. I didn't lose anything on the HD so that's ok.

So my questions are - would it be a cable, processor or mother board?

And how do I get the newer computer to boot in XP with my 98 HD in it and ... Read more

A:A Crash - Hard Drive is OK

"graphics designer" Windows 98, 7 year old computer...

It's long past the time for a new computer, but you know this. Are you runnung Windows 98SE? It is possible to move your data I believe. What are you using for making backups? Floppies, Tape? CD?

Read other 3 answers

OK.... OUr computer will not boot it has a 2703?? Hard Disk error and a pointing device error...... It goes to this black screen with the front of a floppy drive and a floppy going into it and it list all the "F" keys F1 - F12 but it points to the F1 key I put the 98 boot disk in and push F1 and it loads the help files.... And then I am lost......... Please help!!!!!!!!!

A:Hard Drive Crash??????????

Read other 10 answers

I have a Gateway laptop with Vista operating system. Unfortunately I did not back up my system and my hard drive crashed. Is there a way I can retrieve the photos and files in my system?

A:Hard drive crash

How did it crash? Did you get some kind of boot error indicating a bad sector or is it a hardware failure (drive not spinning, making lots of noise, etc)?

If it's a bad sector message, you can most likely retrieve your data by removing the hard drive and installing it as a slave on another computer. Or install a new hard drive in your computer, install the operating system on that drive, and make the old drive a slave. You also could try putting in the windows system disk, booting from that, and seeing if it can repair the problem, although in my experience this never works, or if it does work it doesn't last for long. But if you can at least reboot once you can back up. Just don't count on this being a long-term solution.

If the drive experienced a mechanical failure you could still try installing it as a slave as long as it is still spinning in some way, but I don't know what your chances will be of data recovery, there are too many variables here and you did not provide any description of the symptoms.

After that, professional data recovery (expensive) is an option. Or search this forum for the same problem, someone else might have another suggestion.

Read other 3 answers

Last June (07) My husband and I took a trip...there were forest fires sprouting up every day in the area. So I took my most prized possession my pc tower. We went to Fl. a week later I return home plug it in and nothing A pc repairman came to the house and installed a new hard drive. I had years of genealogy and pictures on that and just gone...I have given to several people trying to restore the data....to no avail. I have resigned the fact it is gone forever.
I was told it has to be examined in a 'clean room' which I do not have the money to do.
If any techy wants to take it a play with it. I will gladly send it to you.

A:Hard drive crash

Does the computer recognise the hard drive anywhere ? Are you using Ide ?

Read other 2 answers

I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" when the system boots. I read another post that suggested that the hard drive might be damaged/crashed. I went with this suggestion because the hard drive had problems before that i had to fix by repairing/reinstalling(i don't remember which) the OS. the question i have is if it is possible that the hard drive controller is the problem not the hard drive itself (or possible both) because i have put another used hard drive (one that has tested good on other systems) in and got the same error message. i am about to try reinstalling the OS on the used hard drive just to see if that takes care of the problem. I just don't want to buy a new hard drive and find out that it isn't the problem. Thanks for any help you can give.

A:Hard Drive Crash, Maybe?

UpdateI finished reinstalling the OS and the computer boots fine now so i think I've ruled out the hard drive controller but i would still like to hear back as to if the hard drive controller could be a cause.

Read other 4 answers

My laptop crashed says operating system failure. I heard clicking noises coming from the Hard Drive they told me it's shot. I bought a new hard drive installed it turned on the computer all i got was a blank screen with a cursor blinking on the top left corner. I tried the quick restore cd's that came with my laptop went thru the whole setup and when it was time to reboot same thing blank screen with cursor blinking. Am I doing something wrong? please help!!!!

A:Hard drive crash

Read other 12 answers

So today my computer attempted to update some files and suddenly a warning popped up (about several hundred times) and then I was alerted to scan. Long story short, the scan resulted in about 8 critical errors with the most disturbing of "drive c is unreadable". Any suggestions as to what to do?

A:Hard drive crash!

Can you access Safe Mode?

Sounds like you may have rogue malware installed on the PC.

I would suggest following the instructions in the link below and post in the Security Forum

NEW INSTRUCTIONS - Read This Before Posting For Malware Removal Help

Read other 1 answers

I have a Micron 700 Mhz Celeron computer with 128mb sdram. I have no idea *** the video and audio or motherboard components are. All I know is everything is on board. I recently upgraded from windows 98 to windows xp and a week later the computer failed to boot up and I could only see "NTLDR is missing". I formatted the drive and reinstalled windows xp and used it trouble free for a week and same thing happens again. YOu guys think I have a virus that embedded itself in my memory maybe? I am stumped here. Please help.

A:xp crash hard drive

You said you formated your drive, by what means did you do this?

Also are there any other hard drives or partitions that were not blanked out during the format?

It could be a virus but that depends on the answers you give me to the above questions. :) Post back and let me know and we'll take it from there.

Read other 3 answers