Dead hard drive- does not power up, no lights or fan... What now?
We went on vacation and had our desktop turned off in case of power failure or storms- when we arrived- our monitor turns on (no pic- but lights on the side light up), the Scanner/Printer charges up, but our "Box" or hard drive is dark, no light around the start button, no fan, no nothing..
I still have internet connection to my laptop and my vOip phone line is working fine- We took the back casing off the computer drive and vaccumed it out- it was very very dusty!! and checked to make sure that all the connectors were connected and plugged in. I even tried plugging in all the componets to my OLD hard drive and the old one powered up fine.
Help! I have a 2 year old and ALL my pics and video since her birth are on this hard drive!!
I have an HP A720N
Re: Dead hard drive- does not power up, no lights or...
Jikes, What ever you do Never vacume any PCB Boards or the inside of your computer. You will zap everything with Static. A Hoover is like a Static Bomb. Rest assured you will very likely be able to get the photos back as i believe its not your hard drive that is at fault. If you need to then i can recover your photos and files.
Lets try a few things. (You might just be very lucky) Open the Case, Turn it on its side and Remove the Graphics Card (If its not a built in on the board type) Then remove all the power from the Powerpack to the motherboard (Physically remove the Cable Plugs (Should usually be one or Two) then remove the Power Plug on the back of the PC, wait about 5 minutes and then insert the Graphics Card, and the Power to the Motherboard, then Plug the mains to the Power Pack, Cross your fingers and pray, Switch on. If the problem still is same then remove Power from Back of PC and locate the Bios Battery (Looks like a Flat Watch battery) Check voltage if you can or replace (Should be 3 Volts or close to) Please let us know how it goes. Other diagnostics can be found at www.powerjackrepair.com
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Check fuses, and if the power supply fan and the CPU fans are running then, you will most probably need to re-install your operating system. (sometimes a power supply failure will cause a corrupt hard drive, it can even kill you Power supply or hard drive.
hello, make sure nothing has come unplugged and that none of the buttons are stuck on. With that said if this is an older pc, your power supply inside the case might have went out. power supplies go out quite often, replacing them is not to bad just make sure you have the correct physical and power size. Also verify that it has the connectors for that particular motherboard.
hope this helps
If the hard drive is OK then you can remove the hard drive from the desktop case, and insert the hard drive into a USB 3 1/2" hard drive adapter case, this should come with a power adapter. These are available at your friendly computer shop.
Boot up the laptop then plug this USB hard drive adapter into the laptop's USB port. The laptop will see this as an external USB hard drive. You can open the various folders and files on this external drive and copy the folders and files to the laptop.
You can delete the Windows folder and Program Folders on this external drive to free up disk space and use this as a back up drive etc.
If you are not sure how to remove the hard drive and install it into an USB hard disk case, then I suggest you get a computer savy friend to help you.
could be your hard drive thats dead. You might want to go buy a new one. Depending on if you have a warranty on it you should pop open the case and try turning it on if its coming from the hard drive your hard drive died. It also could be a fan hitting something slowing the cooling process and overheat your processor.
First thing to do is to verify that the pc isn't powering on.
- listen for the hard drive(s) and fans. If you don't hear them, skip these tips.
- open the cd/dvd drive bay. If it opens, you've got power.
Now, since this a vague subject, here's what the possibilities are IF the pc isn't power up:
- PSU (power supply) failure. They can be killed by power surges... frequent power outages from tripped home breakers, lightening strikes and so on. If the PSU fan isn't operating, it's a good sign that either the PSU fuse is dead or the PSU itself is.
- HDD (hard drive) failure. Although, in this case, you would get an error message on the screen informing you that no operating system was found.
- Improperly installed or loose componants. Sometimes the pc will simply shut down and refuse to start if RAM is installed incorrectly. It would also refuse to start up if the RAM were dead (not likely that all RAM would die at the same time though).
- CPU (processor) failure. Overheating caused by insufficient are flow (dead cpu fan or excessive dust) and power surges can cause a cpu to fry. This will cause the pc not to start up.
- Resource conflicts. If you've recently installed a new componant, the pc may not start if that componant conflicts with the resources that another major componant is using. In this case, uninstall the componant that you've installed and restart.
- MB (motherboard) failure. Excessive heat, shock or condensation can cause the micro curcuits of the board to melt, crack or short. In this case, there's nothing you can do but replace the board (tigerdirect.com can offer cheap, quality replacements).
Unless you'd care to elaborate further regarding the details of this malfunction, I'm afraid that you'll have to investigate each one of these possible causes to find the issue.
You need to do some research here, Take the cover off before you try to start it, but keep your hands out. No turn it on, Do the fans spin, there should be at least 3. The first is usually in the center of the machine on the circuit board. It is about the diameter of a coffee cup, this is the cpu fan. The second should be on the back of the case (inside), this is the case fan and the third is in the power supply. The one in the power supply is visible from the back of the case. All 3 fans should be spinning, are they?
If all the fans spin, next check to see if you can hear the hard drive power up and start to spin.
I have a feeling your power supply is dead, but to diagnose, we need more info.
when you leave it for a while will it start, If it dose dose the cpu fan work if so then It's not your fan, But if it shuts down after a short time it could be that it is over heating, That could be because the fan is not seated properly or heat sink is blocked