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By jefferyan ·
I have a 20GB Maxtor HD that has quit on me. The computer locked one day, and upon rebooting, the BIOS could not detect the HD. I have tried the drive in two other computers with the same results. I have replaced the drive with a new unit and reinstalled the OS (WINXP Home). The crashed drive still spins up, but the BIOS will not recognize it. I am guessing that the controller built onto the HD is defective. Assuming that this is true, is there any reasonably cost effective way to recoverthe data from this drive? It is not critical data, but some is irreplaceable (can't teach some users to backup, no matter how hard you try!).

Thanks for the help.

jefferyan@msn.com

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by mdelyea In reply to HD Rescue

If you have another 20GB Maxtor HD (exactly same model), you can take the controller board off the good drive and put it on the bad drive. Backup any data you need then replace the controller board on the good drive. Then throw the bad drive in the garbage.

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by dmiles In reply to HD Rescue

You can reference the article featured in TechRepublic titled 200 ways to revive a hard drive that you may find to be of help.

One option that may work is to install the drive as a slave to the new drive and then try to transfer the data

Change the jumper configuration,then set the BIOS to Auto for Primary Slave

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