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shedens

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I have a p 1.7 mhz pc, running windows xp. A couple years ago, I was getting messages that my Seagate hard drive was about to fail , so I bought a new one (western digital WD800)and copied all of the files from the old one to the new one. I set the new drive as master and the old drive as slave and they have both been working fine until a few weeks ago. The WD drive with all of my current files crashed. When the WD drive is installed (as slave or master), neither drive is recognized. (The seagate will not boot installed by itself but it is accessible if I install it in another computer as a slave). If I install the WD drive into a different computer, it is not recognized. If I install the WD drive into the different computer as a slave, (with a working hard drive as master), neither one is recognized.

What I am wondering is if anyone has had any experience with WD drives and if it could be the circuit board that is causing the problem, since it affects both drives when it is installed? I really need the data on the drive, and would appreciated any help I could get, in getting it to work long enough to get the data off.
 
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When hard drives crash, hopefully it doesn't trash the disk platters. One thing I have seen done when a hard disk would not spin up was a technician fiddling with it to get it to spin up again - and it did! In this case, unless you can get the hard drive to spin up, then its probably toast.

Given you get the hard drive spinning so it can boot up hopefully as a slave on another system since your secondary is not in such great shape either, then you may be able to run the Hard Drive Manufacturer's disk drive utility against the disk and repair the bad sectors - maybe, maybe not.

Here is a webpage to all of the Hard Drive Manufacturers. Download their disk utilities for your hard drives and run them against each disk that can spin up.
Links to Hard Drive Manufacturers at:
http://compreviews.about.com/cs/manhard/

Here is another useful set of utilities:
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows at:
http://www.ubcd4win.com/

You might want to check out the following Harddrive Regeneration Tools:
Hard Drive Mechanic: http://www.highergroundsoftware.com/ ($69.97)
HDD Regenerator 1.51: http://dposoft.net/#b_hddhid ($59.95)
HDD Regenerator V1.41 Fixed:
http://www.programmersheaven.com/zone16/cat733/28658.htm (?)
SpinRite v6.0: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm ($90)

Good luck,

-- Tom
 
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