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Old 17th October 2007, 13:04   #31
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I friend has given me a Laptop to look at as it does not run properly. I have run HDATA2 on it and it looks as if the HDD is faulty. There are lots of Unrecorrectable CRC or ECC errors on read.

Is there any software out there that could mark these as bad and allow the HDD to be used ?

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Old 17th October 2007, 13:51   #32
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I suggest you change the HDD instead of trying to fix it. Atleast, right now you are able to recover the data on the drive. It will soon reach a point where the HDD will stop working all together.
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I suggest you change the HDD instead of trying to fix it. Atleast, right now you are able to recover the data on the drive. It will soon reach a point where the HDD will stop working all together.

Thanks. I just needed a stopgap arrangement to be able to use the laptop. I have ordered another one but it will take another week to arrive. There is no data on the HDD that I need. I just wanted to get it up and running so he can access internet etc.

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I am not sure if I'm posting this too late. Have you tried HDD Regenerator? It's available as a free download.
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Fellas, my computer screen just went blank yesterday. The LCD monitor turned off. I tried restarting in normal mode/safe mode/ last settings that worked mode. In all cases, windows startup screen showed up but after that the screen would again go blank.
I have never had an encounter of the HDD crashing kind before but Vid tells me this is what it is.

Need some help guys. Please suggest how I could try and recover the data.

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Fellas, my computer screen just went blank yesterday. The LCD monitor turned off. I tried restarting in normal mode/safe mode/ last settings that worked mode. In all cases, windows startup screen showed up but after that the screen would again go blank.
I have never had an encounter of the HDD crashing kind before but Vid tells me this is what it is.

Need some help guys. Please suggest how I could try and recover the data.

Thanks
This could be due to a lot of things, not neccessarily your HDD crashing.

However, recovering data should be easy > just put your current HDD in an external enclosure / or set it up as a secondary drive (not a boot drive) and boot from something else. You should be able to access your data then.

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This could be due to a lot of things, not neccessarily your HDD crashing.
Some other symptoms, don't know if its connected in anyway. My UPS has been making strange noises last couple of days. When I start it up, for about 3 min there is a loud grinding sort of a noise, of the type that would be characteristic of a winding rotatating. Slowly the sound fades away
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To me this looks like a hardware issue & no software will help you until the harddisk is detected in the bios.
i have used the refrigirator trick to some level of sucess in the past. you could try that if the issue is with the spindles. if this is an issue with the board then the only way would be to replace it from a working hdd.
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a loud grinding sort of a noise,
Is that coming from your UPS or your HDD ?

Have you tried plugging the computer directly into mains?

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To me this looks like a hardware issue & no software will help you until the harddisk is detected in the bios..
If this is a reply to MC mayank, his computer is detecting the HDD in the bios (since its starting to boot windows), if its a reply to the earlier problems, then ignore my message.

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The sound is from the UPS. I'll get back home and confirm. And ya was thinking of plugging the computer to the mains directly. Will try to do that as well and let you guys know
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Try this FREEWARE program for data recovery (including formatted drives)

Freeware file recovery software to undelete files or recover lost files
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I connected the PC to the mains directly, it works fine and thank God for that. So looks like the UPS is gone. Why would the UPS cause such an effect on the windows starting up? The CPU still remains powered up so what could be causing this sort of behaviour.

PS:While fiddling around with the cables at the back, I dropped the CPU. Since then, the mouse has stopped working. What do I do?
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Try resetting the CMOS, see if the Mouse works, is it a PS2 or USB mouse ?
Tried connecting another Mouse ?
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I connected a USB mouse and it works fine. The PS2 is not working. How do you reset the CMOS?
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