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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-11-2006, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hard drive question

My computer will not turn on now. I assume that the hard drive is toast. Any way to get some of the data off that drive and onto another? It has some info that I need. Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-11-2006, 01:53 PM
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It won't turn on, or turns on and won't boot? If it just won't turn on then it's probably a power supply (desktop system) or the motherboard (desktop + laptop). If it turns on and won't boot do you hear the hard disk spin up at all?

A friend of mine just had a severe HD crash and we managed to get all of her data back. Just depends on what (if anything) happened to the drive.
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You are talking about a couple different parts here... is the computer dead (as in wont power on) or does it come on and not boot (as in hard rive is making funny noise or no HDD found error message)

If the machine is dead, most likely, you havent lost anything from the hard drive.

If the hard drive is dead, then you have to pay for a service to recover the data. There are software packages that will do low level data recovery but I do not have any experience with them.

Can you be a little more specific in what it does when you turn it on?
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You are talking about a couple different parts here... is the computer dead (as in wont power on) or does it come on and not boot (as in hard rive is making funny noise or no HDD found error message)

If the machine is dead, most likely, you havent lost anything from the hard drive.

If the hard drive is dead, then you have to pay for a service to recover the data. There are software packages that will do low level data recovery but I do not have any experience with them.

Can you be a little more specific in what it does when you turn it on?
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Don't listen to this guy, he has no idea what he's talking about.
lmao... damn consultant...
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Everything is plugged in and the computer will not turn on. When you push the button nothing happens. The monitor is still on and the speakers are buzzing a bit but the PC is dead. Thanks for the help.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 07:07 AM
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You need to find someone local to look at the power supply as Mikeb said.

Your data is still there, its probably just the power supply.

As stupid as this sounds, have you made sure the electric plug has juice?
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Don't make me whoop up on you. You've met me, I saw the fear in your eyes. haha

davbrucas, I 3rd everyone's opinion. If for some reason you'd rather just get a new PC, you can just move the hard drive to the new PC - extract the data you want, format it and use it for storage. Life will be good.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 11:06 AM
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Try unplugging the power cord for 30 secs or so, then plug it back in.
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monitor and speakers are plugged into same outlet and they work. i will get a new computer and swap the hard drive. thanks for the replies.
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monitor and speakers are plugged into same outlet and they work. i will get a new computer and swap the hard drive. thanks for the replies.
Lol, that's the money bags way to do it. Damn doctors.
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if everything else is ok sounds like you might just need a power supply which can sometimes be a better deal to get a whole new case with a power supply then it will look like a new PC

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-13-2006, 10:21 AM
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if everything else is ok sounds like you might just need a power supply which can sometimes be a better deal to get a whole new case with a power supply then it will look like a new PC

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-13-2006, 03:28 PM
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Regardless of whether the speakers work or not, newer power supplies have a breaker that will trip with some bigger surges. Unplug the computer, hold the power button for five or so seconds and then plug the computer back in. Sounds like the drive is alright, though.
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