I couldn't get the parts i needed to repair my hard drive so i decided to repair by taking the disks out and putting them into another hard drive. i have done this but my computer is not reading the drive even as a slave? why is this? what can i do? this is the 1st time i have messed with a drive so i'm not sure what i'm doing! help
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Re: changing disks for my hard drive
We have a terminology problem here.
I assume you mean that you couldn't repair the computer, so you took out the HDs and put them into another computer.
The new computer has different hardware, and maybe a different OS, so your solution can't work.
If you're going from XP to XP, you may be able to use a repair install, but chances are you need to reinstall the OS.
Please speciify the OS on both machines and I may be able to offer more suggestions.
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click start control panel
administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager look through all
of your devices if you see a yellow question mark?or exclamation mark
! or red x right click to reinstall
drivers or if you can see your usb but
its not working ports(com&lpt)right
click update driver make sure the lead/s that
attach to this drive have a secure seating and are not bad/faulty the light on
only tells that its getting power it might not be getting enough power you
might test the lead/s or just replace the cable of
the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that
windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work
fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending
or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable, check the USB leads that
attach to the motherboard usually red-white-green-black make sure they are
securely seated and have no dust build up on them dust will cause static and a
lot of unforeseen problems hope this helps
Let's try to explain the question that grinds us all when in cams about the hard disk. Can we actually repair a bad block? Before of the answer you must find some information about what is a hard disk, how does it work, what are bad blocks. After that you must identify them because you will need the exact location of the affected sectors. After you have done that you must run a few steps: - before you try to resolve the problem with the bad sector you must extract the data that was written to that block. To do this you must run a Recovery program that you can find freeware on the net. - bad sectors are unreadable parts on your hard disk but the nature of them must not be always physically and that part of the platens to be destroyed. The bad sectors can be simulated by some programs. This means that some programs installed on your computer can interrupt the reading process on to another segment of the platens. That is in the most happier cases but the chances that the bad sectors are cause by this is less then 10 percent. In this case is difficult to resolve the problem because even the Scandisk or other identification programs used to discover bad blocks will give a rapport that nothing is wrong with your hard disk. The best way is to uninstall the latest programs applied to the computer. - lets supposed that you have a 20 gigabits partition on your hard disk that has bad blocks. After the identification program it will indicate you where are the blocks situated on the partition. So this way you can isolate them in to another partition that you must never use again. Another scenario can be created and the bad sectors can be at the beginning of the partition in the middle of it and at the end of the partition. Know it's a little bit tricky because you can't just go on and create three new partitions to eliminate the bad sectors from use. In this case most of the new hard disk has a spare space available just for this type of scenarios. You must access the CASH memory of the hard disk and indicates to the hard disk that instead of writing down on the effected blocks it must write to the spare blocks. - another to restore the hard disk is to use the low level format option. Many of you think that low level format is a program. Wrong, the low level format option is set for any BIOS and can be easily use if you know some command line programming. The low level format can take to be complete a very long period of time but in the most cases we can obtain marvelous results. Actually the low level option takes every cluster of the hard disk and identifies them again (throw a thermal process) and writes down on the memory of the hard disk what sectors can be written and witch blocks are un-writable. This procedure is the best that can be because it will need no effort from your side to try and avoid the bad blocks that already exists and the hard disk itself know where the bad blocks are. In conclusion the bad blocks can't be fixed. The problem is a permanent one and we can only try to use the hard disk until it is broken down for good. But if you are having financial problem this is a best way to keep going with your old hard disk.
The video chip is part of the motherboard. FixYa does not do repairs on any equipment. You need to take it to a computer repair shop to fit a replacement motherboard, provided there is one available. In most cases it is better to put your money towards a new and better laptop, and may be a better alternative. You can remove the hard disk from the Toshiba and put it into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an external USB hard drive.
Either the disk is faulty or the the boot block is corrupted. If you have the operating system CD, you can try to reload it. Doing so will wipe out anything you have on the drive. If it reloads, you will be back in business. It the disk is faulty, the OS will not load.
You may want to take this computer into the Big Box store and have it evaluated before youtry to do this repair.
Let first determine If it is a hard drive problem (from a fall)
Download the MS DART program and burn to a cd
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/dart.aspx Test the hard drive with this. (also test that other bootablecds will boot) You may need to change the CD drive to boot first or press F11 (yours may be different) for the boot menu and select to boot from the CD. This program will help you determine if it is hardware or software. Trojans/virus won't usually do this unless it started deleting part of your OS.
Test the memory with DART. This is a common cause for what you mentioned.
If it isn't Hardware, It is probably software. (Duh.)
We will assume that the hardware is good now. If that much damage is done, then you will need to reload windows. The DART program has a boot/startup repair feature. Attempt that. It should tell you if is repaired or there is hardware issue. If the startup repair doesn't fix it, you may need a full re-install.
U are actually facing the same problem as "jackwilkinso". As my previous post:
Windows XP does not come out to support SATA hard drive, because inside do not inclued the SATA driver, that why u cannot see the harddisk during the setup. What u can do is try to install the SATA supported OS like Windows Vista or Windows 7, or maybe can "forcely" put in the SATA driver in ur Windows XP setup CD.
Well the disk you connect is blank hence the black screen you get. You need to install the Operating System (Windows, Linux) etc. first and a Windows CD/DVD will serve as a system disk. Put the CD or DVD in and start the computer. You will see a message "Hit any key to boot from the CD", hit a key and you will get into Windows configuration.
If you dont have a Windows CD or the original CD that came with the laptop, there is nothing much you can do. You will need to purchase one and go from there (unless you decide to switch to Linux, then you can download it for free and burn on a CD - Take a look at Ubuntu, it is a very "Windows user friendly" Linux distribution...