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May have crashed hard drive, need help please.

by ndhelp001 / January 10, 2010 3:30 AM PST

Hey all!

Had been neglecting to back up my files, and was just setting up a new wireless router, so that I could have my different computers setup and ready to go. Had to load some drivers for my usb wifi card, which I down loaded, since my cd drive wasn't connected. Wasn't working so well, so I decided to try and connect the cd drive. Shut everything off, turned it on again without the cd connected, it booted up. I did this about 3 more times, before I actually found the connector cable that I needed to connect the cd drive to the motherboard. After turning off the pc and hooking up the cd drive, I turned on the PC. It acted like it wanted to boot up, but stayed at a black screen with the "American Megatrends, etc, etc, Press F2 for setup and F11 for bootup, etc" Pressing either option had no effect. Was like everything was disconnected.

Wondering if I just disrupted something in the Bios, or if I ended up crashing the hard drive. Is there a way to check the hard drive, maybe by taking it out and trying it in my other PC?

I have another desktop, and can get another spare easily enough, but I have a bunch of files and data on this hard drive that I don't want to loose. Any help is appreciated.

Thank you,

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And so
by Jimmy Greystone / January 10, 2010 3:39 AM PST

And so what happens if you disconnect this drive? Putting everything more or less back to how it was when it did boot?

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by ndhelp001 / January 10, 2010 6:10 AM PST
In reply to: And so

Very embarassed! After starring at this thing, and checking and rechecking the connections, I had one the cables misconnected. It's working now, and I'm good to go!! Thank you for help.

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It happens
by Jimmy Greystone / January 10, 2010 10:28 AM PST
In reply to: Solved

It happens. I fix computers for a living, and let's just say I'd be a very rich man if I had a nickel for every time I've forgotten to connect some cable and then spend a few minutes trying to figure out why the system won't boot, or why it suddenly won't recognize the hard drive. It's a very common mistake, so don't worry about it.

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by ndhelp001 / January 10, 2010 11:24 AM PST
In reply to: It happens

Thank you Jimmy, helps to be able to laugh about it!

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