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By danlimmert ·
Friend has a old 486, the hard drive is listed in the cmos but he can't access it at boot up .He wants to save the info on the hard drive but can't even access thru DOS .Any ideas why the hard drive doesn't register or is there a recovery program that he can use to pull the info of the disk?

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by luebbert In reply to looking for a disk recove ...

The drives most likely gone bad, you can setup another harddrive with an operating system and slave the other drive to it. You may be able to see the HD then. If not the HD is most likely dead. You can also try a dos based backup program like Ghost to try and copy the drive to another HD.

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by OTL In reply to looking for a disk recove ...

Is the HD listed in the cmos correctly? Verify with what is (normally) list on the HD as heads, cylinders, sectors, precomp, and LZ. Were there any changes made to the hardware or setup prior to not being able to access the HD? Did not mention if this was a working system that crashed or one that had been in storage for awhile.

Try booting from a floppy and run fdisk, if it sees the harddrive partition(s), exit and type fdisk/mbr, reboot and you should see the drive.

If it does not see the drive see answer #1 above. In cmos will have to set the secondary up for the HD and change jumper settings.

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by cbach1997 In reply to looking for a disk recove ...

When things like this happen, I always take the troubled drive, make it a slave, and stick it in another machine (Win98 works well for this). Reason being it may just be a bad boot sector, which isn't used when it isn't booting.

Hope this is enough to get the files off there you need, good luck

cbach1997@hotmail.com

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