You helped me greatly last Nov diagnosing a hard drive that got corrupted by a power outage.. Now it seems the new hdd is defective. It sounds like it is spinning, but makes a crackling sound for a couple seconds, and just continues spinning. In the setup menu there is no hdd recognized, and the computer won't boot up. I subbed the old hdd that I reformatted and it works fine.
I tried the freezer fix and repositioning the drive but no difference. Seems toasted to me but do you have any suggestions?
It seems like you have a faulty HDD which will not initialise properly as a result of internal defect. Have you tried shaking the drive, which sometimes settles the HDD. Try nudging it against your hand.
If this does not solve the problem you will require a new drive as repair may make it uneconomical.
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Right click My Computer, Properties, then click on Device Manager. Select Disk Drives then on tab menu Action, Add legacy hardware. Go through the setup and use CD's that came with Hard Drive otherwise search company site for drivers.
Sounds like its not seeing your hard drive or you have corrupt system files and windows isn't booting.
Press F2 to go into the setup and make sure the hard drive is being recognized. If it is recognized then that means windows is corrupted and you'll need to reinstall your laptop back to factory defaults. If the hard drive is not being recognized in there then you'll need to reseat the hard drive back into the slot.
Then turn the laptop on and press f2 to go back into the setup. If the hard drive is now being recognized then see it if boots into windows. If it doesn't then you'll need to restore your laptop back to factory defaults.
If the BIOS still doesn't show the hard drive then your hard drive is bad and would need to be replaced.
That power outage probably damage some sectors of your hard drive, or corrupted some files that Windows need to boot up.
You need to install the Windows installation CD, and press R after the Welcome Setup screen.
Once there, it will should you the available drives and partitions.
If you have a computer set up like most people, you need to press 1
Then Windows will ask for the Administrator's password.
If you have no password, just press Enter.
Once on the C:/ prompt type the following
To perform a check disk, and repair any errors on the hard drive.
The process take some time, but at the end, Windows will start up.
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Sounds like both units are suffering from hardware failure. The most likely culprits are failed USB/1394 to IDE/SATA circuitry or failed drives.
The simplest test/solution is to buy a new, empty, drive enclosure and transfer your drive into it. Test that enclosure, if it works, the drive is fine your done.
If it doesn't the failure is in the drive itself and if you have important files on the drive you will require the help of a pro. State your region and city and I will give you a recommendation for a professional data recovery service.