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Hard drive won't boot.

By kenjb2819
Mar 12, 2008
  1. I left my computer on one time for a while, and when i came back to it, the screen wouldn't come on. so, i shut down the computer manually and rebooted. then, my hard drive tried to run, clicked a few times, and shut off. then, it said there was no hard drive. now, whenever i try to boot it, the same thing happens. i switched to another hard drive and installed windows on it, and it runs great. but, if i put the other drive on as a slasve to get data off it, the computer says that they are both missing, and i cannot access either one. whats going on?! a virus? what?!?!?!
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Are the drives Sata or the flat ribbon cable (ATA or IDE) type?

    On Sata, they just plug in without any configuration. (Except to put the faulty HardDrive in the secondary Sata port.
    If it doesn't boot, then it may be a faulty drive (hardware wise)

    On ATA, they should be set for CS (Cable Select) on both drives. And the faulty drive can be plugged into the CD data cable (just to test it's working)
     
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