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Harddrive not installing on the computer

I put a question on here a couple hours ago, but now my problem has changed!! before, my external harddrive would plug in and be 'seen' by the computer, but wouldnt show in the 'my computer' area. Now, when I plug it in, it keeps looping through the 'finding hardware' icon at the bottom. It scrolls through it finding, then asking me for permission to look, then being unplugged. I used three different cords, five different USB slots, and two different computers. It would be my guess that its the harddrive itself, but I am open to suggestions!! HELP!!

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Open your external drive and see whether the cables are well fix .....i mean the one that enters the hard disk found inside the external drive

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SONY VAIO PCV R53 39 DS WON'T BOOT UP


Pull the harddrive out, install in an economical external enclosure.
The external enclosure has a USB cable.

Plug the USB cable into any available USB port, on a working computer.

Go to My Computer, or Computer; and double-click on the drive letter, that corresponds with the external enclosure.

(Actually with the harddrive in that external enclosure, it is now an external harddrive)

http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=PCVR539DS&LOC=3#/howtoTab

It's an IDE harddrive. Also known as a PATA harddrive.

A harddrive is measured across it's width.
2-1/2 inches across is a laptop harddrive.
3.5 inches across is a desktop harddrive. (3-1/2 inches)

So you need a 3.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure.
One example,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1733195&CatId=2779

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joecoolvette

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WD 500G HDD suddenly un-readable; changed name to local disk, says I need to format in order to use it. I have tons of important stuff on there.


Could you confirm if the problem with the drive not being recognized is a problem with the USB cable? I have a 250GB passport and it worked fine with my XP. Once I decided to reformat it to NTFS and tried to do so by plugging into my new windows7 laptop the problems started.

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My lacie drive fell off desktop and is not recognized as readable by my Mac. What chance do I have of recovering the data?


Inside that LaCie external harddrive's enclosure is a regular SATA harddrive.
The kind that fits in a desktop computer (3.5 inches in width), or laptop. (2.5 inches across in width)

Open the external enclosure (Case) of the LaCie, remove the harddrive, and install it into a suitable external enclosure.
(Laptop size, or desktop size)

The external enclosure has a USB cable also. Just plug it into any available USB port on your desktop computer.

Do I know for a fact that the harddrive is okay, and this will fix the problem?
No sir/maam I do not.

But IMHO this is the first diagnostic method to use.

IF the harddrive is a desktop sized harddrive, it could be installed in your desktop computer as a Slave drive.
However the above method is so much easier, and it allows your harddrive to be an external harddrive once more.

Inside the external enclosure of the LaCie external harddrive, is a small circuit board that the Harddrive plugs into.
It is this small circuit board that receives the damage in most cases.

If the problem is the Harddrive itself, a professional data recovery shop will;

A) Try a new, or good used harddrive circuit board.
Check to see if the harddrive's circuit board received the damage.

B) If the circuit board proves to be good then the next step is to remove the Platters inside.
The room used is a Clean Room.
A room that is 99.9 percent dust free. (In most cases)

The Platters are installed into the case of a compatible harddrive, that has the Platters removed.
Then as much information as possible is copied off.

There are other methods data recovery specialists use also.

[A Harddrive is built in a Clean Room. 99.9 percent dust free. The technicians wear a Clean Suit, that resembles what a doctor would wear in an operating room.
They enter the work area after going through a corridor, fitted with air jets at various levels.

If a harddrive is opened up in a room that is not a Clean Room, the harddrive's 'life expectency' drops to a day, or a few hours. The dust 'kills' them ]

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpY8c7lT_7k&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax390l2A-AY

Observe the other videos also.

Examples of both a SATA 2.5 external enclosure, and a SATA 3.5 SATA enclosure,
(The Harddrive's width is measured in inches. (2-1/2 inches for a laptop drive, 3-1/2 inches for a desktop drive)

SATA 2.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3195233&CatId=2783

SATA 3.5 external enclosure,

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4421576&CatId=2780


For additional questions please post in a Comment.
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I have just tried, for the first time, using my new 320GB Canvio. The white pilot light comes on, and I feel the disk spinning for a short time, but there is no operating software presented, and no file...


External harddrives do not come with an O/S. They are for external storage, beyond the master harddrive you have installed.

The master harddrive has the O/S.
The Platters are spinning because BIOS had a look to see what is on the Toshiba 320GB external harddrive.

[You press the Power On button. The first chipset to receive power is the BIOS chipset.
(Basic Input/Output System)

BIOS looks to see what devices are connected to the computer, does a Ram Memory count, turns the Processor on, then hands the computer over to the operating system.

BIOS finds THE harddrive with the O/S on it ]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

When the Windows O/S (Operating System) is installed on a computer is assigns hash values to certain major hardware components in the computer.

A) Processor
B) Harddrive
C) Motherboard. (Motherboard chipsets and BIOS software on the BIOS chipset)
D) Graphics chip. (Whether it is Integrated Graphics, {OnBoard}, or a graphics card)

Change any two of these hardware components and Windows throws up a 'red flag'.
Microsoft's User License states, "One genuine copy of Windows per One computer"

If a hash value has changed, such as there are different hardware components, Windows 'feels' it is being stolen.

Why do you feel there should be an O/S already installed on the external harddrive?
Awaiting your reply please state in a Comment.

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joecoolvette

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I have left my hard drive off for 12 hours as adviced, but on turning it on again the problem is still the same. The drive is trying to boot up over and over again.


My solution will be multipart, and lengthy. So if you're a coffee drinker, I suggest you make yourself a fresh pot

Reasoning? I'm going to explain a little bit about the hardware makeup of an external harddrive, and multiple solutions that in the hopes of one of them, may cure your problem.
I'm trying to arm you with as much information as I can, so you can use deductive reasoning, and take the best approach for You.

General symptoms that affect an external harddrive,

1.Bad USB cable. Although it is unlikely, USB cables can go bad.

2.Power supply.
To solve this problem, you need another power supply just like the one you have, for a test. ( Not exactly laying around. I have a work around for that, which I will detail later)

3.Controller failed.
Inside that external enclosure, (The metal, or plastic box of the external harddrive), is an ordinary harddrive such as used in a desktop, or laptop computer.

Yours has a Desktop size harddrive in it. (They measure 3 and a half inches across in width. 3.5"
Laptop HD's measure 2.5")

Harddrives are IDE, or SATA. All harddrives have been going to SATA for quite some time.
Yours is a SATA harddrive.

Inside the external case is an Interface, connected on a Controller Board.

Harddrives use metal round pins that are built on the harddrive itself. These in turn plug into an Interface, or also can be referred to as a Socket.

With an external harddrive, the harddrive itself may plug right into the Interface, (Socket. The metal pins of the harddrive plug into the Interface socket holes), or the Interface plugs onto the harddrive, and cables lead from it to a small PCB in the external harddrive enclosure. (Case)

The metal pins transfer data (Information) back and forth. (Signal pins)
Power for the harddrive is also transmuted through these pins.
Just like plugging in a lamp to a receptacle.

The Controller Board is a PCB. Printed Circuit Board.
This is connected to the bottom of the harddrive. It controls the mechanism inside the harddrive.

This is a link to Howstuffworks>Computer Channel>
Computer Hardware>Hard Drives and Disks>How Harddrives Work,

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/hard-disk.htm

When you arrive at Page 5 you'll see the Controller Board. (Their term is Electronics Board)
The Controller Board can be safely removed from the harddrive, and not ruin the harddrive.

You cannot open a harddrive case itself, where the Platters and Arms reside, Unless you have the proper environment.
('Clean Room'. A 99.9% dust free room that would make NASA jealous! This type of room is where a typical harddrive is assembled)

If you use an ESD wrist s-trap and connect it to a good ground source, plus work on a table, you can safely remove, and replace the Controller Board. (No magnetism Anywhere near! NO speakers!)
An average ESD (Electro Static Discharge) wrist s-trap is about $6.

This link shows the connector pins I have been referring to,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hdd.jpg

(You can click on the photo to enlarge it)

At the bottom of the photo is the back of the harddrive. All the way to the right are 4 pins. These are not recommended to be used on a SATA harddrive, but are for power to the drive.

All the way to the left, is a connection which has 15 pins for the Power connector, and to the right of it are 7 pins for the Data connector.
(It's in the upside down U shaped opening. There is a rectangular wide opening all the way to the left, then a narrow rectangular opening, then the upside down U shaped opening)

4.Harddrive failure. The mechanism inside the harddrive itself has failed. These are mechanical components, as you can see in the Howstuffworks link. Average lifespan for a harddrive is 5 years. Depends on how much it's used.

Solutions:

A.If the harddrive is still under warranty, you can see if the manufacturer will replace it. HOWEVER, they do not guarantee anything that is stored on it. You will get another harddrive minus your information.

B.You can take it to a Data Recovery Specialist. Average price is $50 per hour on up. Average time is minimum 1 hour, and usually takes 3.
I could be mistaken, do research for your area.

C.
1.You could start with using another USB cable, and see if this is the problem.

No?
2.Then it's on to the power supply. This solution cures 2 possible problems. I didn't mention, that sometimes the small PCB board in the external case also goes bad. Most of the time, according to hits on the internet, this is a major problem with a LaCie external hardrive.

The small Printed Circuit Board inside their external harddrive case, (Enclosure), goes bad.

Solution is to buy an external enclosure for a 3.5" SATA harddrive. Take the harddrive out of the LaCie external enclosure, and install it in this one.

Check computer hardware websites on the internet. (Examples of two are Tigerdirect, and Newegg) Look for Harddrive Enclosure. Then 3.5, then SATA.
Average price for a decent one is $20.

3.If this doesn't cure it it may be the Printed Circuit Board on the bottom of the harddrive. If your data warrants saving, then you may want to buy the SAME style of harddrive, borrow it's PCB, and get your information off of your old harddrive. More cost I grant you, but cheaper than a Recovery Specialist. You aren't buying another LaCie external harddrive, you are buying just the saqme SATA harddrive used inside.

Past this, the harddrive mechanism itself has quit. Only a very competent, reliable, Recovery Specialist can recover your data, if possible.

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Maxtor 3200


Seagate troubleshooting Error Code 10, states that drive has failed. (Seagate bought out Maxtor)

Before you resign yourself to everything is lost on this harddrive, how about trying one more thing?

How about putting the harddrive inside in a new external enclosure, and see if it works? I suggest that perhaps the external enclosure it's in, is bad.
The harddrive inside is a 3.5 inch harddrive. Same width as used by a desktop computer. It is a Sata harddrive.

Here's an example of a 3.5 inch Sata, external enclosure,
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3901268&CatId=2780
Just pop the external enclosure open that holds it now, take it out, and install it into an external enclosure like the example above. Plug in the USB cable.

Don't know if this applies to your particular Maxtor Personal Storage 3200, but when I went to search for the type of harddrive it uses just now, I ran into thsi, and thought I would pass it along. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/personal_storage/ps3200-sw)

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Hard drive crash, not usable at all; downloaded xp drivers and computer drivers but cannot get them installed. Hard drive not recognized.


When you install a new harddrive, it has no Operating System on it.
Windows XP and Windows Vista, are examples of an Operating System.

Each laptop manufacturer, has their own system of changing a laptop harddrive. Some allow you to press a key or two, to put the laptop in a state where it will save the basic Operating System files, and when you install the new harddrive, it will transfer them over to it.

Some laptop manufacturers do have this option.

You either have to take the harddrive out, install it into an external enclosure for a harddrive, (Uses a USB cable) Then attach the external enclosure via the USB cable, to another computer, and use a 'mirror' imaging program to save the Operating System to that computer.

Then the new harddrive is installed in that external enclosure, and the Operating System is 'mirrored' over to it.

Just information for you, as you cannot do this now with a crashed harddrive.
Your option now, is to buy a genuine copy of the Operating System you had on the laptop, and install it.
Not what you wanted to hear, huh?

You need to buy whatever version of Windows XP it had, (WinXP Home or WinXP Pro), or Windows Vista.
If it was Windows Vista, I suggest getting at least the Windows Vista Home Premium version.

I personally prefer Xp over Vista.
Tigerdirect.com, and Newegg.com, have these.
Look for Software>Operating Systems.

OR, you can simply put Ubuntu Linux on it for free.

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I have a HP4455. It has a Quantum Fireball 3.5 HD. A few weeks ago i turned on the computer and nothing. Says Operating system not found. I went into BIOS. Listed none for Master and Slave I went into user...


Windows 98 computer, huh? http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=bph04973&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=58161 Suggest you try a different, known to be good, flat ribbon interface cable. Sometimes these interface cables go bad.

Harddrives are a mechanical device. They have a 'Life Cycle'.
After so many hours of usage, the life cycle come to an end. Kind of like for a human being. It could be your harddrive is at it's end.

You could try installing this harddrive into an inexpensive external enclosure.(Uses a USB cable) Plug it into a working computer. Go to My Computer, find which drive letter it is, (Example: (D:) or (E:) or (F:), double-click on that drive letter, and see if you can access this harddrive.
Your harddrive is an IDE harddrive. IDE is also referred to as EIDE, ATA, and PATA.
It is a 3.5" harddrive.
Examples of inexpensive IDE external enclosures,
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2779&name=3.5-Enclosure-IDE&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10

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