HDD failure or Vista problem?

By lopdog
Nov 13, 2008
  1. Hi!

    Yesterday I restarted my computer, and suddenly it didn´t recognize my HDD, and therefore did not want to load Windows Vista. The BIOS stated that no HDD was installed. I restarted a few times, and suddenly it was back, and a message told me that Windows could not load, giving me options of Normal Startup, Safemode etc. I´ve tried all of the options, and after loading a few seconds the computer will just freeze.

    I´ve been able to start with Ubuntu and Knoppix Live-CD, and Ubuntu detects the two partitions of my drive. I cannot access the Vista partition (error message with a suggestion to run chdsk /f from windows, something I obviously can´t do...) but I can see the contents of the second partition (but I can´t open the files, I get a read/write error).

    I´ve also tried to reinstall Vista (booting from DVD) but the installation program doesn´t detect any discs.

    Is this likely to be a physical problem or could I repair the disk if I format it or something?

    Any help appreciated.
  2. Joe Walton

    Joe Walton TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I can't see it being a problem with Vista because that wouldn't stop it from showing the hdd in the BIOS, that sounds to me like a hard drive problem (maybe im wrong) is it a sata hdd ? in that case do you have drivers for it. Also maybe try booting from an XP disk and see if that picks up the hdd.. just a couple of ideas
  3. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 295

    I´ve booted from and XP disk, and same thing happens, no hdd found.
    I also downloaded Seatools (, and run a short and long test. The short test reported an error, and recommended me to run a long test. The long test had no problems (passed). But nonetheless the problem persists.
  4. lopdog

    lopdog TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 295

    Confirmed: This is an electrical problem with the drive, I´m returning it to get a new one.
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