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WD2500BB-22GUC0 unrecognized by PC after multiple hotswapping, etc.

!!!!!!!!!!GET COMFORTABLE GUYS -THIS MIGHT TAKE A WHILE!!!!!!!!!!!
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........*takes a deep breath*

 I have a GT5032 running MCE that has been one headache after another. I purchased it refurb from a 3rd party in 12-2006 and have not added any internal hardware so I suppose it's stock. I finally decided to take the plunge and do a full re-install, but not before getting an external hdd to save my irreplaceable accumulation of files. With those backed up I removed the ext hdd, inserted "Gateway System Recovery Disc" (which I ordered from gateway and is for my model) and rebooted. I got the error for missing system file in windows/system32/hal.dll, having been familiar with such errors I removed the hdd which we will refer to as "HD1"  to connect it as slave to "HD2" the hdd of an old comp running winxp to manually replace hal.dll . HD1 and HD2 have been used together before with no probs. I boot it up and click on administrator only to find that my old comp has locked me out at the login screen until I activate windows, so I reboot with same results. So this time I push OK to activate windows and then it says windows is already activated, so back to the login screen and keeps going in the same circle, tried another reboot after and same thing. Here's where things get confusing...I have another hdd "HD3" that runs win nt4.0, so I swap HD2 with HD3 leaving HD1 as slave. This boots up fine but does not show my HD1. I reboot, check the BIOS, jumpers and all the obvious, but still no HD1. So I accuire an XP PRO installation disk hoping I can boot up HD1 alone in its own case and reinstall this way. Well the XP setup disk runs but when its time to pick a drive for the install it says there are no disks present! So now it wont even recognize its own drive and I've checked the BIOS, etc.  From there I was so fed up, irritated and heartbroken that all 3 hdd got put together in every combination into BOTH computer cases so I can only imagine what the hell I did but  HD1 is not detected on anything!  OH and this might be the what did it......HD1/HD3 are NTFS and i'm pretty sure HD2 was FAT32?!  My main areas are XP Administration, Networking Concepts, and Computer Forensics so I am somewhat new to hardware swapping and the specifics but I know the basics. I dont care about HD2 and HD3 anyways and was determined to do what it took to get my baby back up and running!!!!  =(   Sorry if I babbled on but I didnt want to leave out anything that might be important If anyone can help I would owe you the world!! *whew*

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    Trisha Mar 23, 2008


    Thanks for the reply! Well the full system restore (destructive) using gateway system recovery is what I used in the first place, after which I got the missing hal.dll error. I also tried to boot with this disk after I could not get my sys to recognize my hdd. I got an error with this saying something like "No hard disk can be found, System Recovery will now exit." I reviewed the above link and by its explaination, I have done everything correctly. Also I d/l super fdisk but all I am getting are disk boot errors. Since my Gateway has no floppy disk support I had to attach my unrecognizable hdd to the pc I am currently using, which has a floppy disk. Thanks again and I am open to any and all suggestions/feedback!!

  • Trisha
    Trisha Apr 08, 2008

    Well I have tried switching IDE cables in a sad attempt to resurrect my seemingly dead hdd. Did not try this before because I knew the cable was working fine w/ the other drives. So no surprise when I got the same result using another IDE cable. Next it looks like I am going to try putting the drive into an external hard disk drive case and hopefully I can get some reaction since it is via usb. Could this drive possibly have gotten fried during the multiple boot-ups with other hdds? Or maybe static could have ruined it, I was not grounded at all but was not too rough with the drive. *Sigh* I dont know how much longer I can use this old SLOOOOW computer!!!! I can barely surf the net with no add-ons enabled in IE, this is why I have'nt posted in a while. If ANYONE has ANY suggestions, ideas, or possible feedback...I would love to hear it! TYVM for your help!

  • Trisha
    Trisha Apr 16, 2008

    =/ Well no luck using the external drive case, and I'm pretty sure the hdd in question was not spinning or making any noise what-so-ever. I guess she's gone and died on me...oh well you live and learn I guess! But just in case I find a solution or use for it later, I will hang on to it. -TLCM

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Full System Restore (Destructive) Using Gateway System Recovery Windows XP R2
the above link can walk you through it step by step

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  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williams Mar 19, 2008

    Also you can download super fdisk and run this program to set up and detect your fixed disks.

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