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Re: hard drive wont run
If it spins but as it spins it makes a "Cla-Clack" "Cla-Clack" "Cla-Clack" "Cla-Clack" "Cla-Clack""Cla-Clack" it probably has a hardware failure. No software will recover that. I have heard of some people putting the drive in the freezer, allowing it to get cold, and managing to recover some files before it warms back up. But I've not had such success personally.
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Also, make sure you have enough RAM to support your growing number of installed programs. Download and run this system scanner to check if you can add more ram to your PC: http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/
depending on your brand of hard drive if its western digital remove all jumpers and put on the master cable only, if it is alone,if there is another drive on the same cable then put jumper on master jumper which on western digital is in the center of the pin group,, your problem sounds like a jumper on the hard drive problem not a repair problem, i would look on the hard drive whichever brand and see jumper settings and make sure also that your jumper is good ,,,good luck I hope this helped
I didn't understand the first sentence but if you can't even start windows 7 cd then there is a hardware issue (most likely not hdd unless it hangs when it is trying to detect the hard drive) as all the software is on the cd vs reading from the hard drive, if you get to the hard drive and 7 sees it but fails on install then hdd is bad, try finding something called bart pe it's a boot disk you can run windows off of the disk and test the hard drive using western digital diagnostics utility. even more rare you may have a dirty lens in the dvd-rom. there are alot of possiblities.
Did you just open the hard drive and install it out of the box? If that is what you did, then the computer its self will see the hardware but vista or any other operating system for that matter wont read it without a partition hence no drive letter....download a partition program like easius partition manager or partition commander and create your partition and windows will be able to see the drive. Once windows see's the drive then you have to format it! Once its formatted then your up and running. I hope this helps, comment back and let me know...thanks
check the hard drive.western digital hard drives work good in this computer. ihave two of them.also windows xp home works good on this.or run the system recovery cd.lastly' re do the
You are referring to a software which was preloaded on your hard drive and it appears you lost this program. Western Digital provides on their website a few tools, but not the preloaded programs on your drive (except for the backup program tools intially installed.
I reccomend calling Western Digital and ask them how to obtain this software.
Hi donna9, have you tried windows system restore? Click the start button, slide to programs & slide up to Accessories than to System Tools. Click System restore. You will not loose you're personal data. Also check you're antivirus software. Make sure it is up to date & run a full system scan. If neither have helped you gain access to the programs in windows there is only one other recourse. (A full install of windows). It's impossible to repair the windows files connected to these programs. Please back up you're personal data to a second drive (copy & past) or a CD/DVD because you'll need to format the drive. (All a pain in the rump). If you have restore CD's you can run them. To make sure this is not a drive issue if you have to do a fresh install of windows. Find the primary drive's name. Example: Seagate, Western digital, Samsung. Find the model number of the drive. You can find the model number of the hard disk drive by opening windows device manager. Right click once on My Computer. Slide to & left click on properties. Click the hardware tab & than click the device manager button. Click the + sign next to Disk drives. Listed there will be the model number of you're primary drive. Write it down. Example: ST3160827AS. This is a Seagate drive. Go to the manufactures web site & download the setup tools/utilities. You'll be able to create a bootable floppy disk or if you choose to create a bootable CD. This software work's outside of windows & will check you're drive for errors & repair it if needed. Whether the software does or does not find an issue with the drive it is possible you will loose you're data. This is why I'm suggesting this rout before installing windows fresh.
If you have a WD Media Center, Dual-option Combo, or Dual-option USB external hard drive, you can use the Retrospect Express software that comes with the drive to create a backup schedule that will backup your data onto the drive.
To setup an automatic duplicate schedule in Retrospect Express 6.5 on a PC, please follow the instructions below.
Start Retrospect Express by pressing the Automatic Backup button on the front of your Media Center external hard drive after you have installed the Retrospect software and powered on and connected the drive.
You will be presented with the Western Digital Automatic Backup Wizard. Click Next to continue.
Highlight the drive(s) that contains the data you wish to backup and click Next. To select multiple drives or folders, hold down the Ctrl key and make your selections.
You will have a choice to backup your documents only or all files, make your selection and click Next.
Highlight the drive you wish to copy your data to and click Next.
You will have the option to run the data duplication daily or once a week. Make your selection and click Next.
If you choose a daily duplication, you will have to select the time that you'd like the duplication to start each day, then click Next.
If you choose a weekly duplication, you will have to select the day and time that you'd like the duplication to start, then click Next.
If you wish to run the duplication one time when you are finished setting up the schedule, check the Start the backup now box and click Finish. Otherwise, just click Finish.
You will see the Automatic backup button glow a solid blue. When the blue light is on it indicates that the automatic duplication schedule is enabled and your duplication is set to run at the scheduled time.
For the duplication to run successfully, you must have both the computer and drive powered on and connected correctly at the scheduled time.