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a HDD or a MB failure?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tipsi, Aug 31, 2004.

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  1. Tipsi

    Tipsi Thread Starter

    Aug 31, 2004
    Hello Tech gurus! my buddy is in a great mess, i am sorry if this kind of problem has been posted befor....but can you please help us out...this is his story:

    To cut a long story short...

    I have a main computer that i use to take on assignments with me, I simply download all my image onto this comp, as and when i need to. As i have been working for about 6 days now, without being able to back anything up, i have amassed about 9,000 images.

    Today, my last day, both my 120GB drives went down, I dont know as yet if it is the MB or the drives as it all went down at the same time.

    Drive 1 is my boot drive and includes existing customers instructions and new customers contact details. (All this is moved onto my network when i get home).
    Drive 2 contains all the images and txt files with notes of charges etc.

    I have put both drives, one at a time, onto a spare comp but neither drive will boot up (both have an OS on them), windows tells me that it has closed down to protect my system and tells me to run CHKDSK. I have done this but no joy. The CMOS does detect the drives though.

    And to make things even worse, i have a partition that i use for Bugs type stuff, so now i have lost all my FTP stuff and other bits of useful info.

    Does anyone have any clues about what i can do to save my skin, and my wallet!!

    i hope you know the answer dear Tech buddies, he has win xp installed

  2. ohheck


    Jan 5, 2003
    get a pc that works- check the jumper at the back of the existing hard drive - it's near the power supply plug; set it to master (probaly says "slv" "mst" or similar in very small print)
    take one of your drives, set its jumper to slave-
    connect it to the middle connector of the ribbon- master drive attaches to the end connector. if it works then copy and paste your data to the good drive-

    unless of course you've done all that already... :rolleyes:

    ah- reread your post- if your drives are bad and the spare pc doesn't have a (working) drive of its own then yeah you'll have problems- need to locate a working pc and hook your drives up as slaves to it-
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