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Okay so the power went out last night and now my computer won't boot... mad.gifmad.gifmad.gif It was my sig rig...It was in a surge protector and everything else in the computer works. I took the hard drives out and plugged them into another computer...Both the hard drives show up to the computer but I can't access the files. They spin up fine and sound normal so i'm guessing they should be fine. What are the chances that there is something wrong with the drives? I had about 800GB of stuff and a lot of it was important. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you! smile.gif
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Okay I am assuming that the computer does post, but just won't load windows, correct? If that is the case, it may be the boot record is messed up. It is fairly easy to fix. Just use the win xp disc and boot from it. Choose the repair with recovery console and follow the directions till it give you a prompt. I would run the "chkdsk" command first to check the drive for errors and after that is finished type in "fixmbr" and this will fix the boot record. Your comp should boot after that.
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post #3 of 11
download a UBCD 4.1.1 and then run an HDAT2 scan on the harddrive. This will verify that there aren't any bad sectors or any other issues with the disc.

You can boot to a Windows disc and run a "chkdsk c: /r/v" on the drive which will repair any issues it finds.

This is all assuming the drive shows up in the BIOS.
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post #4 of 11
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Yes, that is correct, it just won't boot into windows. It posts and then takes forever at "reading hard disks" so I'm going to try that once i find my disc. thank you for your replies!
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post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Should I only have the boot drive plugged in when I am doing this?
Edit: When I do what Valafar suggested, it says it doesn't recognize any hard drives frown.gif I guess i have to use my
Pentium 4 rig now...
Edited by Pentium-David - 4/5/11 at 4:26pm
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post #6 of 11
If you have your bios set to AHCI Mode the XP disk won't be able to see the drives. You can either integrate the SATA drivers into the XP install disk, use the F6 floppy method to install the SATA driver, or change the bios to IDE (sometimes called Compatibility mode) long enough to run the CHKDSK /r on the drive, then change it back to AHCI mode before you attempt to boot to the hard drive.
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post #7 of 11
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I tried booting in IDE and AHCI mode...The thing is, the computer doesn't even see the hard drive frown.gif as if it isn't even plugged in. The Terabyte one has all of the data on it but in Disk Management (MMC) it labels the drive as "Unknown" I'm scared to format it because I only have about 120GB of the data backed up. Thanks for the reply by the way
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post #8 of 11
If they don't show up in the Bios then try changing the SATA cables and the ports. You might want to try them on another system to rule out the motherboard being damaged. If that doesn't work the drives are probably toast. An electrical surge can wipe out part of the electronics allowing the drive the spin up, but still not work.

DO NOT FORMAT THE DRIVES. If you do the chances of recovering the data from them goes way down. It's possible that the MFT and backup MFT have become corrupted. Sometimes TestDisk will rebuild them, but normally it requires the use of data recovery software to dig deep to reconstruct the file structures and allow you to recover the files. You'll need a blank drive with enough space to hold the files you recover though. You can't just restore them to the original drive in cases like that.
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post #9 of 11
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Yeah, i tried other SATA cables and in another computer with Windows 7. It shouldn't matter that i tried it in an old SATA board right? (2004) Yeah I definitely don't want to format them...I already have a blank 400GB but that would only work for the 320gb. I guess i need to go get a 2TB or something for the 1tb
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post #10 of 11
Are they at least recognized in the other system? Not the file system, but the drives themselves.
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