As a long shot, you might try attaching the hard drive to a different disk
controller on the motherboard, assuming that it has more than one. Also,
try a different cable from the disk to the motherboard. Finally, try a
different power connector to the drive. If you are very lucky, the hard
drive is itself OK and one of these changes will restore it to operation.
You could also place the hard drive in an external USB enclosure and try to
read it on a different PC.
If none of the above works, then the hard drive is really dead.
There are professional data recovery services that can take a hard drive
apart and mount the magnetic platters (disks) in a test fixture and then
salavage data. These services are expensive, but dependning on the value of
your personal data, maybe they would be worthwhile. Most offer a cheap
diagnostic, to determine whether they can recover data, then charge more (a
lot more) for the actual recovery service. But, do not expect them to
recover installed programs or the operating system, only individual files,
and probably not all of them.
As for your next PC (current PC box with new hard drive and new operating
system), consider the following to avoid a similar problem in the future:
(1) Parition the hard drive in at least two pieces, maybe more.
(2) Install the operating system on the first partition.
(3) Also, install programs on the first partition.
(4) Invest in some disk imaging software, such as Acronis or Norton, and
plan on making disk images of the first parition only to an external USB
disk. Request that the image be split into convenient pieces, such as 200
to 650 Meg. (Most modern imaging software has this as an option.)
Occassionally copy the image to CD ot DVD. The reason for spliting the
image is to allow easy storage on several CDs or DVDs.
(5) Store all personal files on the second (or higher) partition.
(6) Backup your personal files every time you change them, using windows
explorer, XCOPY at a command prompt, etc. Occassionaly write personal files
to CD or DVD.
(7) If you have an office, not in your home, or a safe deposit box, store
the CDs/DVDs there. But, be sure to keep them cool and in the dark. For
example, do not store them in a car parked in the sun.
"Crazy Axis" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Heya Guys I Seriously Need Help Because When I Get My New Hard Drive I
> Dont Want To Lose My Operating System But I Shouldn't Should I Because
> Its Basically Like Upgradin Your Hard Drive ??
> My 80GB (Original Hard Drive) Which Is Somehow Fuc*ed Up And Died On Me
> So Basically I Lost All My Documents And Programs. I Had Which Is A
> Pis*Take. The Problem With It Is That It Just Wont Show Up On BIOS Or
> When I Turn On My Laptop I Keep Getting The Same Error Saying Something
> Like "Operating System Not Found" And Have My Laptop To Run A Simple
> Diagnostic Everytime I Turn It On And It Does And It Picks Up Everythin
> Else Apart From My Hard Drive.
> The Hard Drive Which I Will Order The Minute I Found The Correct
> Information On Here Thanks To You Guys !!! Is 'Hitachi Travelstar 5K160
> at PC World - Buy cheap 2.5inch Hard Drives (OEM) - Hitachi Travelstar
> 5K160 160GB 2.5\" PATA Internal Hard Disk Drive'
> And I Just Want To Find Out Before I Place The Order That I Wont Lose
> My Operating System When I Put In The New Hard Drive Cause I Have Done
> Many Things To My Previous Computer Which Involved Upgrading Graphics
> Cards And So On But Never Messed With Its Hard Drive I Just Installed
> More Hard Drives On It And Never Messed With The Main Hard Drive !!(C
> Thankz Guys
> Crazy Axis !!
> P.S. Is There Anyway To Salvage Any Of My Information From My Busted
> Hard Drive Or Not ??
> Crazy Axis
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