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Hard drive crash

I hear a weird sound from my WD hard drive. The system does not boot. I tried going into the CMOS, but it hangs. Need to recover the data. need solution.

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What kind of sound is that? Anyway it's not a good symptom.
Check out this page with sounds hard drives make: http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php 
Does it sound like yours?
Hope it helps.

Posted on Nov 07, 2008

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Your hard drive has crashed but here is what you can probably try. Take off the hard drive. Put it into another system (a friend's computer or something) as secondary drive. See if it gets detected in the BIOS. If it does, you can try and run a application like Recover my files to try and salvage your data. Hope this helps.

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I can't access my wd external hard disk (passport )through (my computer) i can see it using windows disk management as unallocated partition...when right clicking..no options are active but properties


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Have you tried accessing the hard drive on another computer?
Have you tried using a different USB cable?
Was the hard drive dropped or moved while it was plugged in?

Check the WD Site if you hard drive has warranty.

I hope this solves your problem and please reply if you need more help.

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http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/04/how-to-recover-data-from-hard-drive.html

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