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I think I killed my drive, second opinion please?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Amazing Jim, Aug 4, 2006.

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  1. Amazing Jim

    Amazing Jim Thread Starter

    Aug 4, 2006
    Here's the story.
    About 6 months ago my PC started making an odd noise, which I decided was
    the fan, but it turns out it was most likely the hardrive bearings grinding,
    oops, mistake number 1.

    Last week the system started glitching, so I did the
    defrag/drivers/virus/adware checks which didn't really do much good, so after
    researching further found a .wav file that indicated the bearing noise
    problem. Realising that it'd been slowly destroying my HDD for the last 6
    months I ordered an external to run a belated backup onto (another dumb
    mistake I know) and a new internal HDD as a replacement. Unfortunately it
    appears they've arrived too late as the system now refuses to start at all.
    I'm not even getting the BIOS screen, so I'm suspecting that it's cashed in
    it's chips. Dust removal had no effect, and neither did gentle shaking,
    tapping, prayer and as a final resort I even tried 'freezing' the drive, but
    still nothing.

    I've tried swapping the drive physically to another machine (this one) but
    no joy, I've also tried swapping the hardrive from this old system into the
    current one, but got no results. I suspect it's because as this is my
    previous model it's only running Win98 instead of XP, and it's not getting
    the expected files/OS. Am I right with that at least?

    Because the original HDD is ATA and the new one is SATA I also got a host
    PCI card, but as I can't get the system to boot I have no way of installing
    the drivers for the card, and therefore can't install the drive. (Muppet, I
    didn't think of that)

    So, the big question firstly is, have I pushed the old drive bearings too
    far and the unit is useless? Is there any way to recover it's data?

    And secondly, how can I install the new SATA drive/card? If it comes right
    down to it, the system is 3 years old and I know I can replace it and
    transfer the upgraded graphics card etc to the new model and drop the new
    SATA drive straight into it, but I'd prefer to dodge the expense for a while
    at least.

    Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
  2. Jimmy the Hand

    Jimmy the Hand

    Jul 28, 2006
    I have not much time right now, but this I can say: the old computer's BIOS should start even without a hard disk drive. It if doesn't start, then besides the old HDD something else if failing, too. If there's no sign of life then maybe it's the motherboard itselt. A bad VGA card or RAM module at least produces a few beeps from the speaker. Or maybe it's the power supply unit.
  3. Amazing Jim

    Amazing Jim Thread Starter

    Aug 4, 2006
    Thanks for the suggestion, looks like I've got a video card problem too. After swapping out the ATI x700 I have for the old ATI 9000 it replaced I now have BIOS and the setup of the new drive is underway.

    Later I'll have to figure out whether it's a bad card or I'd just done something stupid while installing it.

    Thanks again.
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