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My Hard Drive Suddenly failed

By tse ·
I got a Maxtor 6gb Hard Disk Drive I am using almost everyday. Suddenly, My computer can't detect it. I don't have back-up with my files. The CMOS doesn't recognize it . Can I still recover the data? Some says, I just have to put in cold area. Thedisk doesn't have strange sounds. I believe that one of the wires in my pc was grounded. Does this one cause of this? Thank you.

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by TheChas In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

Try replacing your IDE cable, and use a different power connector for the drive.

Check your BIOS settings, and make sure it is set to detect the Hard drive. Use auto for the settings if possible.

If that doesn't bring back your drive, try it in another PC.

Then download and read through the Tech Republic article "200 ways to revive a dead hard drive"

Best of luck.

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by tse In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

Pretty basic I guess. Thanks

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by Chud In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

it's time to get out the screwdrivers...

have a look inside your case - it could just be a loose connection and the PC has been knocked so you might not need to replace anything...but otherwise I agree with TheChas.

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by tse In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

I thought it also :)

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by yuss In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

On a related point, check the Maxtor site to see if your drive is still under warranty. I found out one of my old drives was. It was a pleasant surprise. Maxtor also has some diagnostic tools for download.
Remember to write down the serial number and details from the drive label once you have your PC open.
I suspect a cable (IDE or Power) problem if your bios cannot read it.

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by tse In reply to My Hard Drive Suddenly fa ...

I checked out the maxtor site (under warranty).
What usually maxtor do for this?

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