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The system won't recognize the hard drive to boot up. Is there a boot disk so I don't have to do a system recovery?

The yellow light is blinking and beeping on my Gateway GT4022. When I booted this a.m. it does not recognize the hard drive. It's asking for a system recovery disk. Is there a boot disk so I don't have to do a full system recovery?

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  • needler5845 May 11, 2009

    The CPU was unplugged for a couple of hours. Now - the yellow light stays on - no blinking or beeping. It will not re-boot. When I try from the hard drive, it goes to the NVIDIA Boot Agent and does not complete. When I try from a restore disk, it tells me it's a non-system disk or disk error. It does that for both restore disks.

  • needler5845 May 11, 2009

    I have a second hard drive in my computer. I should be able to make that a master. I think I have my OS on there - wish me luck!

  • needler5845 May 12, 2009

    The OS was on it. The saga continues. I played around switching master/slave on hard drives. Took a couple of tries to get setting jumpers in right place, but it worked! Now, the original master is working again. Perhaps it was too hot. The yellow light is not on anymore. BUT - I have lost my ethernet connection. The driver is installed and working properly with no issues in device manager. So, I have ordered a new hard drive and a USB ethernet connector, just in case it is the ethernet adapter. Should be here in 3 days - I live 100 miles from anywhere. I did run a chkdsk on master and there are no bad sectors.

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    The beeping you hear is called a bios beep. One quick beep is good. Many beeps signals trouble. How many beeps do you hear, and would you happen to know what bios you have?


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I think the hard drive has failed. Sorry

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  • Hank May 12, 2009

    Good Luck....keep me informed :)


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Please try to unplugged your HDD for a short period of time, let it cool because there's possibility that heat temperature affected the drive, which I likewise encountered in my PC. also, please check the cooling system of your PC, if it's possible install additional exhaust fan. regards

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  • eeugenio24 May 12, 2009

    Yes, you can try to use your second HDD & set it to Master drive, hope an OS is stored on it, if not, please reinstall the OS. regards


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You hard drive is missing from the system. Or, just does not recognize it. The obvious - Remove any USB devices like drives and any media from disc player. Its trying to load, but can't find bootable hard drive, CD, or USB... Remove the hard drive and reseat (reconnect). Check BIOS by pressing an F key during boot. Look on the screen for correct Function key. Might be F2 key. Verify BIOS recognizes the drive. It must be listed! There is no going forward if it's not. Check boot order and make internal hard drive first. Save and restart.

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Definition of Hard Disk: Hard Drive is a storage device where you can store any types of data and file. Hard Drive is available as external and internal device. We know PC storage device as internal system Hard Disk. When you save data or install programs on your computer, the information is typically written to your Hard Disk. The Hard Disk is a spindle of magnetic disks, called platters, that record and store information. There are several interface standards for passing data between a Hard Disk and a computer. The most common are IDE and SCSI. Hard Disk is made of one or more aluminium or glass platters, coated with a ferromagnetic material. Most Hard Disks are found as Parallel ATA (PATA), Serial ATA (SATA) or SCSI device.

Difference with Floppy Drive:
The term hard is used to distinguish it from a soft, or floppy, disk. Hard Disks hold more data and also faster than floppy disks. As an example a Hard Disk can store anywhere from 10 to more than 100 gigabytes, where most floppies have a maximum storage capacity of 1.4 megabytes. Floppy is more risky device than Hard Disk for losing data.
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Most common problems of Hard Disk which may arise anytime are Booting problem, OS Installation problem, Hard drive crashing and another Hard Disk not showing original space or not showing partition etc. But in every case the risk is loss of data. In some of cases formatting and reloading of Operating System can recover your Hard drive and make it useful but formatting can recover a blank Hard Disk only without data. But you have to recover Hard Disk with data, so formatting is not possible.

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Data recovery is the process of retrieving back data from the damaged media. The damage of storage media can be physical damage and logical damage. The data is retrieved back by recovery experts after determining the type of the damage caused to the storage media. Most of cases data recovery is important and formatting is not possible there. So that I need to choose another way for solution of this type of problems of Hard Disk. The first and secure way to recover a Hard Disk is using data recovery software.

Recover Data from crashed Hard Disk: Power surges, Software Corruption or Malfunction, Hardware or system failure, Natural calamities, User errors may crash your Hard Drive. Data recovery software helps to retrieve or recover the data from the crashed hard Drive. Data recovery software gives an easy and Graphical User Interface with less difficulty so that the data can be recovered easily. The recovery software helps to recover the data and restore them on a second Hard Disk, the Hard Disk being connected to the computer and recognized by the BIOS, the recovered data can be stored on a safe location on the second disk.

Logical data recovery: In a data loss situation when the Hard Drive is perfectly fine and the BIOS recognizes the Hard Drive but reports a read error, logical data recovery technique is very helpful. Here the files that are damaged or corrupted by any user error or virus attack are rebuilt rather than repairing the Hard Drive.

Fragmentation: When the FAT entry is lost during accidental file deletion, formatting or partition deletion that particular block of Hard Drive becomes inaccessible. Some data recovery software makes an attempt to rebuild the files without a FAT entry. This technique is very efficient if the file size is smaller than the clusters size. But it is inefficient in recovery the larger files.

Data Recovery from deleted partition: Partition is allocation of memory in different sections. Each partition will be like separate disk drives. Partition is very use full when the user is using operating systems more than one. Usually after formatting the disk it may not be able to recognize a partition because of accidental deletion of the partition table or by virus infection. The partition is not actually deleted; it can be recovered by using recovery tools and copy the data present in the partition to the required destination. Formatting the drive erases a large amount of data present on it, but not all the data. The recovery of the data depends on the fragmentation of the file system as the parts of files are being placed on different places in the drive. The data recovery software will assume that files were not fragmented and stored in continuous clusters. If the partition was formatted using different file system, then recovery process will be very complicated.

Another Data recovery process: If you don't have any data recovery software you can try another process to recover data. Attach the Hard Drive with another system in slave or second SATA.If detect the drive then boot to the first Hard Drive and use the bad Hard Drive as secondary. Then you can copy the data from the second drive to first drive easily. Here have another process to recover data from a crashed Hard Disk. But it is so risky, and should not try to do this for an inexpert person. First pack the Hard Disk in a bag properly where moisture can't attack. Now freeze it upto get chill. After freezing quickly attach with a system in secondary, and copy the data within the Drive will come in room temperature.

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I don't know what you mean by recognizing ..but i suppose it does not start the recovery process..and this may have a few causes..
The first thing to check is if the disk is having an operation system on it or it is just the drivers and factory programs recovery ..In this case you need a boot-able disk with the operation system on it ..and use the recovery disk after installing the system first .
Another thing may be just a boot issue ..If your computer does not have the boot from cd enabled ..this may be an issue my advice is to press f2 on stat and go to BIOS settings ..and look for boot sequence and select the cd /dvd drive as first boot device ..and hard disk the second..and save the changes by pressing F10 ..and restart ..This will make the disk to boot like it should if it has the correct information on it ..It will ask to press any key for confirmation of the disk boot ...and go with the installing .
there is a 3rd possibility in which you have to load the ahci driver for the system first ..cause the recovery disk loads the files but do not see a boot disk ..cause the hard disk by default is set to work on the ahci function of the sata bus..and if you do not load a 3rd party driver for the ahci does not see the hdd..In this case load the driver from a floppy or from a usb ..and go on with the process or just go to bios ..and look for the ahci feature in the advanced settings or in teh devices..and disable it and let it run sata as ide or ide compatible settings with F10 and restart ..It will never ask for driver again and will load the recovery if the disk is functional .
i hope this will help ..cause I covered almost all possibilities but a faulty disk in which case you just have to get a boot-able disk with the operation system you use and reinstall it clean ..and run the drivers after doing it ..and install all programs needed manually .
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Some ssytems hiccup and need the bios set, you want to look for boot order and see your drive there.
If your drive is not recognized, you may be having drive issues at which point you MUST consider data recovery to another drive before you proceed.

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