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Old 02-09-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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I think my hard drive crashed


I have a hard drive I use for storage; music and stuff. It's a 500GB SATA drive. Thing is, the power went off and I think it crashed. The BIOS is having trouble identifying it and it doesn't mount.

Now, I have no idea what do so I was wondering if there was anything I COULD do?

Anything at all?
 
Old 02-09-2008, 12:17 PM   #2
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Reset the BIOS.
Set the BIOS settings to Auto-Detect setting.
Check, whether you can see the drive's name in the BIOS.
 
Old 02-09-2008, 01:57 PM   #3
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do you have a Knoppix CD?

first reseat the connections, this is just a good first step to check out.
second, Mr. ameya sathe is correct, look at your BIOS

You can use Knoppix to help isolate the issue. Is your drive fried or your mother board? It is possible that some things got "mixed up" on your drive, especially if you were doing a read/write operation when the power went out. If you can get the drive to work somewhat under Knoppix, you have a chance of moving/copying the data on a different disc and reformatting/repartitioning the drive back to normal.

Unfortunately, times like this make you reflect on backing up your data...we have all lost files this way. Though, I hope that you can recover yours.

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Old 02-09-2008, 02:17 PM   #4
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What does it say when you try to mount it ?
 
Old 02-10-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
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Here's my /var/log/fsck/checkfs:
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Log of fsck -C -R -A -a
Sun Feb 10 23:01:03 2008

fsck 1.40.3 (05-Dec-2007)
/dev/sda1: clean, 33/8032 files, 22580/32096 blocks
/sbin/fsck.xfs: /dev/sdb1 does not exist
/sbin/fsck.xfs: XFS file system.
/dev/sda5: clean, 33521/3908128 files, 2448478/7811598 blocks (check in 3 mounts)
/dev/sda6: clean, 24/977280 files, 78294/1953897 blocks
/dev/sda3: clean, 154325/3908128 files, 879425/7811606 blocks (check in 5 mounts)
/dev/sda7: clean, 6589/1954560 files, 328572/3905795 blocks
fsck died with exit status 8
It just says it doesn't exist.

sda is my system disk, so at least I'm glad that's still in one piece. Also my NTFS (old 250GB IDE drive) just gives me a bluescreen and reboots when I try to boot into Windows.

Must have been some massive power failure...

The BIOS stalls for a bit, though, trying to identify my drive (it makes sounds) but fails and doesn't detect anything.

I guess I'm fucked, huh? Do you think there's any way at all I can recover some of my data? I had some hard-to-come-by music stored on that drive.

Thanks for the suggestions so far.
 
Old 02-10-2008, 08:03 PM   #6
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Are all three drives connected at the same time? If so, to be sure it's the drives that are fried, disconnect them, then reconnect one-by-one to the system drive's data cable. Make sure you change the jumpers to 'Master' so they'll be identified properly. If all three work, then it's the mobo, not the drives.

Cheers
 
Old 02-11-2008, 04:25 AM   #7
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If the device node exists you may be able to recover all or most of the data using something like foremost, that's assuming you can still read anything from the drive.
 
  


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