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Hard drive crashed

I have a Dell Dimension 2400. Without warning the hard drive crashed. Is there any way I can access and retrieve info I had on this hard drive?

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  • bjjs434 Feb 12, 2009

    Not sure what you mean by does it spin up. Windows won''t load has a blue screen eroor code (IDE failure) and when I tried to reinstall XP it would load up the drivers but then nothing.

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    rick May 11, 2010

    Does the hard drive spin up?

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I have a similar problem. You have a bad hard drive. If you want to use your computer, you are going to have to boot the hard drive manually. To do this, simply start the computer normally and quickly press F12 repeatedly. At the options screen, select number 2, "Hard Drive (C):" and your computer SHOULD load up normally. I hope this helps!

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It all depends. Best bet is take it to a data recovery professional & see if they can recover anything for you. Hope this helps.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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    Roy Lonsinger Feb 12, 2009

    The IDE failure could mean 1 of 2 things. Most obvious is the hdd itself has went bad, no spinning sound coming from it would show it not having power. 2. Worst case is if the ide controller on the motherboard went bad. If you can enter bios setup you can see if the controller is enabled & working. If it is then the hdd itself has went out. You may possibly be able to recover data but it would be something a data recovery specialist should determine. Hope this helps.

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