Compaq laptop but no other details to see if others are having issues with that model or make hard drive.
The vanishing drive is consistent with heat issues I see but without make, model and knowing if you do the yearly vent cleanings and a much longer story about how it is used on a coach I'm left with more questions than answers.
The one thing we know is that hard drives fail. Common reasons are heat, shock and a few bad models.
Folks, your help is tremendously appreciated:
I have a Compaq laptop running Vista Home Edition with one large vista partition on the 320GB HD (11GB recovery partition, 50GB Unix partition). I also dual boot to Ubuntu Linux.
In November, my hard drive crashed after hard rebooting. The hard rebooting was needed because I couldn't get the computer to respond after an hour. I am not a fan of hard reboots...but had no other choice. The drive came up with errors and then eventually never came up. The drive was two years old and chalked it up to being a bad drive.
In February, after reinstalling everything, I came out of hibernation and the computer hung again. Again I needed to hard reboot, again I was told the disk was corrupted. After two or three reboots - the drive was unrecognized. I tried booting to Koptix and it didn't see the drive either. I bought an external enclosure and attached it to another computer. I could see the drive for awhile - but various hdd tools said the drive was corrupted or needed to be reformatted. Reformatting failed. Eventually, I couldn't even see the drive. I chalked this up to a cheap drive.
In March, I replaced the drive - created a dual boot windows/linux system. Again, I came out of hibernation and the computer froze. Again, tenatively, I hard rebooted. Again, the drive came back corrupted when trying to get into windows. For awhile, I could boot into linux. Linux told me the drive was failing - but I could see all in the windows partition and linux. At one point, linux didn't see a drive error anymore. So, I rebooted into windows. At that point, the full drive failed. I can't even boot to linux now. I tried looking at it on my other computer via the enclosure - and it can't even find the disk.
I am so frustrated for wasting all this time and money. Does anyone have a clue on what's going on? Are these drives really dead or can I salvage the data - or at the very least the drive?
There are similar hibernation problems MS reports with large partition vista drives. However, the errors they repot coming up aren't what I get. Hell, I can't even see my drive and don't even get a blue screen of death or the request to do a chkdsk.
One last point - using the bios scan of the HDD comes up (with all three HDD failures) with a request to replace the corrupted drive.
Please help. Your patience and help is very much appreciated in advance.