Hi everyone. thanks for taking the trouble to read this. I have a dell
desktop and my secondary hard disk is failing. i have partitioned the
hard disk into two but i already have a primary disk. the primary disk
seems to work fine. but the secondary disk asks me to format it anytime
i try to access any of the two partitions. i cant afford to format it
because i have a lot of important data on it. thanks again for reading
and i hope you can give me some help here. thanks.
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Re: Hard Disk failure
Ok, If you want to Keep all the data AND be able to boot into that secondary Hard Disc, Then You Need toBoot into your primary Hard drive, Navigate to the Secondary Hard Drive from within Windows.................
then, back the data you want to save onto: DVD-Rs, CD-Rs, External Hard Disc, Flash Drive, etc..
And Then Delete the partitions and Reformat it.
If That doesn't fix your problems completely, then your Hard Drive has seen better days and needs to be replace. But I'd Try The Above First......at least this way, You won't lose your data!
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In the case of loading a particular Operating System(OS) from a specific Hard Disk, you can change the boot priority from BIOS (Hope you know to get into BIOS) as shown in the picture
Or if you want to change the physical configuration of your Hard Disks to Master and Slave, then follow these steps.
Open up the side panel of your PC Case.
Disconnect all the wires from both Hard disks.
Look over the labelled top part of each hard disk to know the settings of JUMPER PIN so as to set it as primary(master) or secondary(slave). Please note that if you are using IDE hard disk, this may be enough. But in the case of SATA, inspite of this, you may also require to install RAID Driver after connecting them back into the computer. These drivers can be downloaded from http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriversHome/NeedProductSelection (You may require to set up your product manually and download Serial ATA drivers)
(Connect them back, Screw up- if you haven't done it already). Now you may be able to use the required hard disks as primary(master) and secondary(slave).
You can also watch two videos of changing jumper of the hard disk. But be careful while replacing jumper. Any incorrect configuration or jumper setting or damage of pin may cause in device failure or result in damage of your hard disks.If you have any further doubts, feel free to ask me...
Hi, What happens?Does it hang on the loading page or does it restart itself before loading? If it hangs on the loading page,press CTRL,ALT and DEL.This boots the system. If it restarts itself,remove the hard disk and re-fix it again.Problem solved? Remove the CMOS battery and the hard disk and re-fix them again.Problem solved? If not,you may have to repair your operating system. This how you do it:-
Remove your hard disk and enslave[fix it as a secondary drive] it on another machine with a good operating system.
Start the machine.Accept to run unnix[using two drives]
The machine will automatically detect your hard disk's failure on the operating system and repair the damaged files.
On completion and after Windows opens,turn off the machine and remove your hard disk.
Fix the hard disk now on your machine and start it.
If both of the hard drives are on the same data cable/disk drive controller it is unlikely that both the have failed. Reseat the data cable connectors on the hard drives and at the motherboard. Reboot you computer and hopefully it will boot up. Check the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drives. If not the disk drive controller on the motherboard may be faulty.
Disk read error happens when there is a hard drive failure (sometimes in isolated spots and some times crital failure) if you have another computer, you can try connecting the hard drive as secondary and check if you can backup. The solution to this problem is to replace the hard disk drive.
Boot disc 0 failure is usually indicative of the failure of the hard drive that contains the operating system. Make sure the hard drive is well seated into the cables and that the cables are seated onto the motherboard. If it all is well, then the hard drive has most likely failed and needs to be replaced.
Try to use a different IDE cable. If that doesnt help, change your hard drive cable to the secondary IDE slot on the mainboard and change your BIOS accordingly, If still nothing try running two different drives wether its a hard drive, cd rom on one cable, or 2 hard drives doesnt matter just make sure that your jumpers are set properly.
The safest thing to do is to stop powering up the hard drive. Get a
new hard drive and adapter cable to pull the data off the old hard
drive (secondary) and onto the new hard drive (primary) after the new
hard drive has been formatted.
If you don't feel you can safely do that, you may want to seek the
assistance of someone who can or a company that provides hard drive
A hard disk failure error typically indicates the hard drive has (or is about to) fail and become useless.
generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.