Yes, that happens, a disk that turns bad. It's always a little bit distressing to see it happen to people you forgot to backup their data, because (for some reason unclear to me) they think that cars can fail and TV's can fail but hard disks can't. Surprise for you: hard disks do fail also.
Anyway, all you can do:
Buy a SATA to USB2 cable (some USD 20) and use that to connect that disk via USB (as an external disk) after you booted without it.
Now there are 2 options:
1. Everything is fine. Then immediately copy all data from it to another hard disk.
2. The disk can't be read. Then try the tools from http://forums.cnet.com/7723-7588_102-354911.html?tag=threadListing;forum-threads. They might be able to copy your data to another hard disk before you throw away the old one.
3. Those tools don't work either. Then go to www.drivesavers.com or any other respectable data recovery company and ask them how much it will cost to get your data back. It won't be more than few $ per Gigabyte. That's not much for important data, is it?
Hi im new here , I joined because. I have a very confusing problem with one of my sata hard drives. Its a 500 gb maxtor I think(ill check again tonight) ok here's what happened: I came home and my pc had the blue screen of death so I restarted but it wouldnt boot! It said bootmgr missing. I tried various things like bootoing off windows 7 to try repair but it didnt even recognise the disc. After hours of stressing out I decided to disconect all my hard drives (4 in total) I then just connected the drive with windows installed and it booted up no pproblem. The problem is that when I reconnect the 500gb drive with ALL my stuff on like films,dvds,music,apps etc it will not boot! The foxconn screen comes up then just hangs,pressing keys does nothing and if I press the power button on tower it immidiatley powers down. If I connect just The power to the drive or just the sata cable the pc will boot but if both are connected it just hangs on the foxconn screen. My pc was running just fine for last couple of years and all of a sudden this happens? So basically my pc wont boot if the 500gb drive is connected. I did manage to get into the bios on one occassion but the. 500gb drive wasnt visible in the list.
I would really appreciate any advice. Anyone can give me as im really at a dead end. I really dont want to loose all the data on that drive as its took ages to colllect and is important.
If theres any extra info you need just ask
Hers my pc spec so you know:
Pentium d 925 3.0ghz
Foxconn 945g7md 8ekrs2h mobo
Mis nx8600gt 256mb fanless
4x 1gb ddr2 667 ram
1x160gb maxtor hdd
1x200gb samsung hdd
1x160gb maxtor hdd
1x500gb maxtor hdd (problem drive)
Ocz psu 600watt
All drivers and bios upto date.