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Old 01-25-2004, 07:20 AM   #1
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fdisk gives unable to read /dev/hda... mbr is gone... what can it be?


hi guys,

i have a bad situation with a new hd : 3 months old Western Digital 80 GB ...
rebooting ....
i got the detection process of the drives and everything was ok . . All my masters and slaves were detected..
after that, i got that classic screen looking for boot record ...
during this process, in my boot HD, i got a short loop of CPU beep .... : - (

after that i cannot reach my system anymore...

informations ..

1. i have backup of everything in the disk ... no problem to loose data..

2. "fdisk /dev/hda" gvives me "Unable to read /dev/hda"

3. i ran "fdisk /mbr" - with a MSDOS boot disk ... I hear that this would erase the MBR ...

After information "3",
i got no beep anymore during reboot . now there is a message..

"Missing operating system..."

but i still can't run "fdisk /dev/hda" ... I receive the same message again ..
"unable to read /dev/hda"....

does anybody know what is going on?

Thanks in advance..

Regards

sorry for english mistakes..
 
Old 01-25-2004, 07:46 AM   #2
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just more information...

output of:

"mke2fs /dev/hda "

blah,blah,blah
..
..
..
Writing inodes table : 157/597...
..
..

and freezes...

i hope it helps...
 
Old 01-25-2004, 03:49 PM   #3
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I'm wondering if the drive itself is OK. Also make sure the cables are seated snuggly. If you don't mind loosing your data, you could run the Western Digital setup for new disks, might need to download this. If may contain a diagnostics program. Don't know if this would be destructive or not.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 07:33 PM   #4
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I've heard that some HDD require that you have special
drivers for them.

How about with a Windows CD? Can you use recovery console,
and fixbmr? Can you install NT?

Do you have a spare drive around? If that works, then, it
sounds like your new drive is the problem, and you can
return it on warranty.

My friend spent many hours over a few months trying to
coax his computer to boot. He did all kinds of things with the
hard drive. But, it turned out to be something on the motherboard.
He is now going to buy a new machine.

Sorry, can't be of more help.
 
Old 01-25-2004, 07:36 PM   #5
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A Linux suggestion.

Delete ALL the partitions on the hard drive and start over. Sometimes,
the old file systems don't get wiped out and it causes lots of grief.
I speak from experience on this one. See my other post about grub.
 
Old 01-27-2004, 04:29 AM   #6
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burial ceremony....

thank for the feed back guys!!!

now i am back with a new HD ...
the old one is history..
after trying the new world, at least for me, of e2fsck, dd, ...
nothing worked...
i still have the old hd ... it was in the garantie so i got a new one...
i never saw something like that...
WD really new and then gone..
dos-fdisk didn't see the drive also..
linux fdisk no chance..
anyway i still have it and i will try to figure out what happened..
thanks again for the feedback..

Regards
 
  


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