Hard Disk using Hard-Drive enclosure is recognied as CD-ROM Drive
I bought a new AcomData Hard drive enclosure and am trying to use it to read data from one of my Old computer's Maxtor 200GB internal drive. According to the AcomData instructions, I changed the Maxtor drive configuration to MASTER. But whey I try to plug it with my laptop (with XP and SP2) using the enclosure's USB cord, it is recognized as a CD ROM drive. I have tried following steps to resolve this issue but with no Luck:
1. I have tried chaning the drive letter for this external drive enclosure, thinking that the default drive letter might be conflicting with something. But the problem still remains.
2. I have tried it plugging to a Vista machine and another XP machine with SP3 installed.
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The bios cannot find any device it can boot from. This can occur because of hard disk failure, a loose connection or file corruption. There usually is a boot menu that you can get to from the bios by hitting some key specified by your bios manufacturer during the POST bootup process. Usually there is some message on screen like 'press esc for bootup options' or 'press f2 to enter bios setup' or something similar. As your machine starts up, try hitting ESC, F2, F5, F8 or F12 -one at a time-hitting each key several times during bootup (maybe your manual can give you a hint). If you get into the BIOS setup screen, look at the screen that tells you what the BIOS thinks you have attached for storage. If you don't see a hard disk there, you have a definite hardware problem. If you get into a boot option screen, try putting a Windows Installation CD, or a recovery CD from your laptop manufacturer, in the CD-ROM drive of your computer and enabling the machine to boot from the CD-ROM. If the PC boots from the CD-ROM, you may be able to use Windows Recovery mode or your manufacturer's recovery disk to get your hard drive working again. If you have any files you can't live without on your hard drive, look into getting your hard drive out of your laptop and into a USB drive enclosure that you can use another PC to try and read those files from the hard drive prior to attempting any recovery options, as some of them erase all files on your hard drive. Also check to see if your PC has manufacturer diagnostics that you can boot into to check your hardware with before attempting any other type of repairs.
try other known good windows installer. if it boot, then the problem is in xp installer, if it not. try other external cd-rom drive. also be sure the disc rom drive are dvd rom drive because a cd rom drive cannot read dvd disc but a dvd rom drive can read cd rom disc installer
I use there products to wipe and reload any time that i need to.
it is easy to use put the cd in the dvd and make sure the bios is set to boot to the cd rom first then hard drive.
then follow the on screen prompts after it boots to disk.
This error is indicating a physical problem with your hard disk drive or occasionally with the hard disk drive controller. The S.M.A.R.T. status error means that there is a physical problem - not a windows installation problem. The second error you are getting during start-up is secondary the the hard drive problems. The system cannot read some of the information on the hard drive. The area is cannot read contains necessary operating system information. You need a new hard drive for this computer. If it is still under warranty then call or email Gateway support so that they can send a replacement drive. If not then you will need to purchase a new drive. If a new drive does not solve then problem then the problem is on the motherboard. You did not specify which model laptop this is. Most of Gateway's laptops have built-in cdrom drives, but a few do not. The systems that do not will accept an external cd-rom drive, and should have been shipped with an external cd-rom drive so that it can be reloaded. You will need a cdrom drive to load your operating system onto your new hard disk drive once you replace it.
Hi saratrought, if Windows XP runs and you have read problems in CD/DVD drive try to read another disk, if any other disk work fine then you need to copy your CD/DVD info (or program) in another new disk.
Or just use Windows Explorer to try copy all data from CD/DVD disk to a New Folder in your Hard Drive and then from that location you can try to install your program, if your data don´t copy well then again i tell you that it´s your disk not your CD/DVD drive.
Hi, The hard drive has failed. You can try to boot from the installation
disk and do an OS repair. This will not lose you data. If you do an OS
reinstall, you will lose everything.
Even if you get a new drive (is it still under warranty?), you may
not be able to recover the data using an external drive enclosure. If
it's under warranty, you will be able to get a replacement drive
containing the OS. If not, you will need to buy a drive and install the
OS from the install disk. Then buy the external drive enclosure (not
expensive), install the old drive and try to recover your files. If it
won't cooperate, some people have been successful by freezing the drive
for a while, thawing and trying to recover. Using a commercial data
recovery company to get your info off the drive will cost as much as a