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Hard Drive Needs TLC or RIP? Help I'm A Girl

By helpimagirl ·
Hi I read your 200 ways to revive a hard drive and at about #15 my eyes started to glaze over and by #21 I was mumbling and drooling. Here are my specific bits of info regarding my problem...

When I hook the newly failing or failed drive in as a slave (it has always been a slave there is no OS on it) I choose the boot drive and my computer reboots...The first thing I get on the iniial black page with white type that runs thru and detects and reports whats in your computer etc. is a "warning hard drive failure is imminent press F2 to continue) so I press F2 aND i get the initial windows screen and then when it transitions t what would normally be my user log in page it transitions to the black screen and then never comes back (thats what happens 9 out of 10 times) the 10th time iT BOOTS all the way ...then when I go into my computer to see if the 500 gig drive (divided into 3 sections by me) i showing up there I see all 3 drive letters ----please note these were labeled with names as well like "Legal Archives" and "Music and Music Videos" etc. when I try to access these drives it tells me it's empty and asks if i want to reformat or something ....this HD was almost full ... I am a research attorney who researches and writes appellate briefs and petitions for review and this HD is very important and I need to be able to at least copy. Please tell me there is a magic software program I can run that will recover the data contained on this POS Maxtor HD. It feels like it's doing something when i touch it. I have tapped it with the end of a screwdriver handle. also why won't my normal drive with my OS system on it not boot everytime with the slave it seems like it should boot up everytime whether the bad drive does or not? Thank you !!!CJ

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Imminent failure...

by smackwaterjack In reply to Hard Drive Needs TLC or R ...

That same thing happened to me, someone told me to try the drive as a slave in another computer, telling me that some motherboards are more fussy than other. It worked--be ready to copy all the info off the drive then and there, you may not get another chance. If it doesn't work, try it in yet another computer... . best wishes

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