There are a couple of posts here with a problem like mine System will not recognize my drive. I got another drive same model and changed the controller board. Still same problem is there different versions of controller boards on the same model of drive. Is there anything else I can try. Has anyone taken the platters out of a drive and put them in another drive same model. I will try the freezer thing and see what comes of that. Is there anyone that has had luck with that.
Anyone care to exchange there experience with changing the controller on the hard drive Id like to hear how you made out
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Re: Invalid boot disk
The reson for this invalid boot disk is it need to be formated to the motherboard and made active primary hard drive this is it you are going to use it but it you have files that need to be recovered please use another pc and use ntfs recovery tools to recover files this see deep inside the hard drive even when there is no boot sector there place this drive on secondary Ide if pc has 2 ide ports but if only 1 ide then jumper this as slave.
and if a virus attacks the mbr which is know as the Main Boot Record.
hope this helps.
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Either the hard drive is faulty, or the boot loader is corrupt. A quick way to check the drive would be to attach it to another computer to see if the drive is recognized.
If this is a windows OS you can try using the installation disk to repair the boot manager. If this is a linux system, try booting a live CD and see if there is data on the hard drive. You may need to reinstall grub.
I would also run smartmontools or Disk Sentinel to check the drive health in detail. Both applications are free.
Open Disk Utility (as I'm sure you already have) and select the main partition of the problematic disk on the left side, which should be titled disk1s10. In the First Aid tab, click the "Repair Disk" button on the bottom right hand corner of the window. *Note: If this is the current boot disk, you will have to boot off of the Mac OSX Install Disk by inserting it and holding the "C" key while it is turning on. Select your language and choose Utilities --> Disk Utility from the menu on the top of the screen, then following the above instructions.
you need to enter a boot disk/recovery disk/windows xp disk into your CD drive and in the system BIOS select the CD drive to boot first. Once the CD has loaded you can re-format your HDD to NTFS and re-install windows
You will, however loose all your data but your HDD will function again with windows
Looks like the controller on the Hard disk has malfunctioned. I am afraid, that the Hard disk has to be sent to an expert nearby for Data Recovery. They would have tools which could be used for getting your data intact. But again it all depends on the level of damage to the Hard disk.You may get all / some of your data ot you may get none. Please consult your hardware vendor for this
This error can be a couple of things. If the "boot block" on the disk has become faulty, the system won't recognize that the disk has an operating system on it and will generate this error message. If the disk is defective completely, the same error will occur. If you have a boot floppy or CD, try re-writing the boot block on the disk. If that fails to resolve the problem, the disk is defective and will need to be replaced.
Hi i had a similar problem but mine was with a new HDD but you could try it and see if it helps at all:
Try looking for the drive in the "Disk Management". Right click on "My Computer" or "Computer" and select "Manage" then select the "Disk Management" item.
If you can see the drive, but there is no drive letter assigned, you may need to format it for your operating system or create an accessible partition on the drive. You can access all these options by right clicking on the drive from the "disk management" screen that you should be on.
mine needed to be initialized (by right clicking on it) and then i formated it
Hi Crkinard.. i think you shuld first find out whether the problem is with the external device or your computer... so check if the device is recognised by another system... as you have been using the device dor couple of years i think yours computer's drive for external devices should have been corupted.. so check out the device with some other computer.. if it is recognised in that computert then you can easily reinstalled the software for your device again..
If your computer stops booting from the hard drive and is asking for a boot disk, then:
1. The motherboard/PC is no longer recognizing the hard disk;
1.1 Go to your CMOS/BIOS setup and manually detect the hard disk, save & exit.
2. The CMOS/BIOS is set to boot from other devices such as CD, FDD or USB but not from the HD.
If after configuring the CMOS/BIOS and the hard disk is not recognized, then it is probably defective and therefore need to be replaced.
If the hard disk is recognized but will not boot, then some files of your OS needed to boot are missing, corrupt or overwritten. You would need to re-install your OS and opt for a "repair".
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things stand or should you need additional information.
good luck and kind regards.