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Missing Hard Drive Answered

My teacher's laptop booted up one day and gave the message "internal hard disk drive not found". The hard drive makes a kind of clickin clunking sound on startup. His college class files are on there, along with our yearbook. Any ideas?

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NachoMahma

11 years ago

. I have to agree with What and Tech. Let's hope your teacher learned his lesson about backups.

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tech-kingNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

assums philosophers voice in todays day and age, any true computer user has to be emotionally and data-wise braced for his sytem to fail, crash, shut-down,lose power, or even self destruct at any time, without notice.

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NachoMahmatech-king

Reply 11 years ago

. Yeppers. My important stuff (mainly music and CAD files) is on a RAID1 and the work stuff gets backed up off-site every day.
. As I tell my clients; It's not a matter of if the HDD (or system) will fail, but when it will fail.

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imanNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

if your data doesn't exist in two places it doesn't exist at all.

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NachoMahmaiman

Reply 11 years ago

. I like that. Consider it stolen. ;)

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tech-kingNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

you use raid one? why? raid 0 and a backup ide drive would be a faster and more powerful setup.

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NachoMahmatech-king

Reply 11 years ago

. Not that worried about speed - reliability and recoverability are my main concerns. I don't run CAD or audio apps on the server, so faster drives wouldn't do me much good. . It uses a card that does most of the maintenance in the bkgnd for me, which I really like. And it will reliably rebuild when I swap drives for off-site backups. All in all, it makes it convenient enough (let's face it, backups are a PITA, I don't care who ya are) that I usually have good backups available. . And, yeah, I bought a spare controller card for when it craps out. . If I can ever figure out how to get software RAID5, Linux, and WinXP to cooperate, I want to set up a 1TB server - just so I can say I did it.

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zachninmeiman

Reply 11 years ago

That doesn't help. Thats for recovering data off of formatted drives, or files that have been "deleted". If you can't get it working at all, its not going to help.

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imanzachninme

Reply 11 years ago

no it isn't it is for saving failed drives.

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zachninmeiman

Reply 11 years ago

It won't save a hardware failure, though!

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imanzachninme

Reply 11 years ago

well then you are doomed unless you have a clean room :)

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gimmelotsarobots

11 years ago

My teacher already handed the computer over to the school ITs. I say that's a bad move. There probably just going to get a new drive over warranty. Anyway, I'd like to learn more about these backup systems you're discussing.

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Kiteman

11 years ago

Here's an obvious thought - has anybody turned the laptop over and looked to see in the drive is still there? My laptop has several parts that can be removed simply by sliding a small catch over.

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gimmelotsarobotsKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

It was most definitely there. Other wise, the laptop was haunted by a clicking monster.

Pull the hard drive, stick it in the freezer overnight, pull it out, quickly pop it back in the laptop, if it boots, get your data FAST!!! Very old trick.

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NachoMahmazachninme

Reply 11 years ago

. Believe it or not, it may work. I've usually seen this applied to stiction problems (drive won't spin up), not noisy drives, but it's worth a try.

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Tool Using AnimalNachoMahma

Reply 11 years ago

I've always heard it with the click of death, for stiction you do the over head arm swing wrist snap

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NachoMahmaTool Using Animal

Reply 11 years ago

. Either way, the freezer shouldn't do any harm and there's a chance it will help. If all else has failed, I'd go for it.

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NachoMahmaKiteman

Reply 11 years ago

. ROFLMAO! . Since it's making "a kind of clickin clunking sound," I just assumed the noise was from the HDD. On second thought, it could be CD/DVD, &c. . That's why we keep you around. ;)

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littlechef37

11 years ago

How old is the drive ? What brand ? I would try what Tool Using Animal said : Put in freezer And have a flashdrve/ external hdd ready.

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tech-king

11 years ago

probably the end of the hard drive. you might be able to recover your data from one of the professional services available.

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whatsisface

11 years ago

If it makes a repetitive clicking sound, the hard drive is most likely dead, especially when combined with that message.