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so just today I guess my hard drive decided to kick the bucket atleast I think. It's been acting sluggish over the last month and I have been getting alot of bsod. But just today my hard drive is all of a sudden not reconizable by my operating system (windows 7 64 bit). That is problem one, I have tried reformatting but again windows will not register my hard drive. I tried doing a system repair but again hard drive not registering.

The 2nd problem is that I can not boot into windows, This morning everything was working perfectly and randomly but computer shuts off and tries to restart but I get an error before the windows loading screen even pops up saying BOOTMGR missing something along those lines. I have tried unplugging everything, reseating everything and leaving out the cmos battery for hours and still nothing seems to work.

Recently I have had a fludder of power surges flipping my breaker and my computer being shut off that way alot over the last months I guess it destroyed my hd maybe? As it's spinning it makes a clicking like noise.

Hard Drive is a Seagate Baracuda 640gb. I believe I purchased it in 08.

Thanks guys, I'm losing my mind on what to do here. Also if someone can recommend a inexpensive SATA hard drive around $40 that would be awesome just something I can use temporarily.
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The clicking noise is a classic sign of a dying or dead HDD. The good news is it sounds like you wont loose any irreplacable files, which by far the worst part of loosing a drive.

And because of the post-flood price fixing, the cheapest new hard drive will cost more than an entry-level 60GB SSD. If you can scrape a little more money together, you could buy a 40GB SSD for $50 shipped or a 60GB SSD for $60 shipped.

You can get some pretty sketchy used hard drives from the Amazon Marketplace or Ebay for $40, but considering the price and performance of SSDs, it kinda seems like a no-brainer to me. smile.gif

(You can also drop a wanted ad in the OCN Marketplace, but nobody wants to part with their good drives it seems. tongue.gif)
     
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