When my moms motherboard died, they gave her old hard drive to her in a external HD case. the other day, i tried to install that hard drive in my computer as a slave HD for extra storage sice there was no operating system on it. when i powered on, it said 'disk read error press controlalt delete to resart'. I turned off my PC, checked my connections, but then i found that it would not restart, HELLP. I have an emachines t series computer. Please reply
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Re: Hard Drive Install gone bad!
Unplug the slaved hard drive.
Restart the computer. If you get the same results.
Pull out the cmos battery on the motherboard. Most look like shiny nickles, be carefull not to damage the board. Make sure you unplug the computer first and let it sit a minute or two afterwards before putting it back.
That will set the bios back to defaults and you should be able to get the computer up and running from there.
As far as slaving that drive to be used as extra storage, you might want to consider an external enclousure instead.
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A clicking noise coming from a hard drive often means the hard drive is bad. But it could just be the case is bad. I would remove the hard drive from the case and try to connect it to the computers USB port using a hard drive adapter. If it works, I would copy your music and data of ASAP. Then you can test the drive to see if it is bad or if the case is bad.
The Hard Drive could have come loose from the SATA or PATA connection, or your Hard Drive could have simply died. If it is still under warranty; replace it. If it is out of warranty; open the external casing and check that the HD is connected and / or test the HD in a separate external casing or Desktop that you have. If it is connected and the external casing is working properly (or Desktop is booting properly and can read it), then you have a dead Hard Drive and will have to buy a new one.
Hitachi hard drive are junk they are poorly made, but here is an option the could by a bigger hard drive and install it in the External case they are all the same, first take out the old HD from the case and take it with you to the store and purchse the same connection type wether its IDE or Sata and install it in the case, the cases are universal and all most all 5-1/4 inch HD will fit in the case is does not have to be A Hitachi Brand any brand will fit, I recommend a Seagate HD.
the external hard drive's motherboard is burnt take it apart (this will be a little hard but it will come apart) after you take apart u will see it is just an internal hard drive in a case so either...
1) put it inside your computer as an internal or..
2) buy a new external hard drive case (that will have a new hdd motherboard in it)
after you install it either way your computer will reconize the hd and WORK i done this just yesterday.
You could have a faulty disk controller. Try inserting a different working hard disk into the HP and see if it can detect it in the BIOS. If not then the disk controller is faulty and this is a motherboard problem. A replacement motherboard may not be worth it, put your money towards a new laptop and put the hard disk into an USB hard drive adapter case and use it as an USB external hard drive.
Could be the problem is with the case, not the actual hard drive which is inside the case. Try taking the screws out and removing the hard drive from the case, put it into ***********'s external case. If it works there, you can go online and find another hard drive external case (just get the case only).
Hard Drive requires lots of power to load. If you have purchased only the IDE cable to connect it to USB port, USB port will be unable to initialize the Hard Drive. To make it work,you require an external casing for IDE Hard Drives with external power support. Like this one -- http://shopping.rediff.com/shop/productdisplay.jsp?3.5Inch-USB-2.0-EXTERNAL-Casing-For-SATA-/-IDE-Hard-Drives&prrfnbr=10209520&source=browse&frompg=Hard%20Disk%20Drives
If you already have this casing with external power support, please let me know.