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Ok guys this is very serious, ok so I have worked on a clients computer over the weekend and it ran fine on Friday... Ok so I came down here to my work area and it hangs on the XP boot screen and reboots constantly.... Drive noy longer detected by system after reboot...

Ok so I think this is where I screwed up, I popped it into another computer and it exhibited the same issues. So no doubt its a dead drive.. I hooked up the good drive in my good computet and it is no longer detecting the drive... HELP!!!

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Did you try a different sata cable? Those can go bad.
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Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post
Did you try a different sata cable? Those can go bad.
Yeah, I used the good one in my xw4200, then I hooked that same confirmed to be good cable back onto the drive that was in my xw4200 in the first place, and it did not detect the drive...

I fear I did something to the controller -_-

If it helps, I hooked it back up and it took a while for the changes to be detected. Now the HDD light stays on and the drive sounds like the the needle is moving from one side of the drive to the other every two seconds...
Edited by raidmaxGuy - 10/23/11 at 4:27pm
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I've never heard of a drive killing the controller before. Sounds very strange, have you tried another SATA controller on the machine?
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Ive seen that happen many times. Its the drive dying. I have had drive click and not detect in the PC then move it the HDD to another computer and have it work. Then die completely when I move it again. Its probably a dead drive, just let them know these things happen. If they need any data, a good free program is recuva by piriform but I personally use GetDataBack.
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I too have seen a drive affect a controller, rare but it happens.Load defaults in bios to get the controller back it might work.

If they have data that is a must have then you could freeze the drive over night then quickly attach it to a computer to see if you can drag there docs and any other personal info off.

Put the drive in a ziplock bag in the freezer.
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Ok, my drive started working. But I may need to recover some pictures, problem is that their drive is not detected at all except maybe for a moment on ocassion. I took the PCB off of the back and the contacts had serious tarnish on them ( some appeared kinda purple). So I gave those a good scrubbing with isopropyl and put it back on, but have not really had much success..

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