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    Hard drive failure

    Hi,

    I reckon my desktop main drive just failed on me. I tried repairing the installation because I thought that was the problem but to my surprise the letter for my system drive had because the letter for my backup drive and the backup drive had become the letter for me files drive. Now, luckily I have the files and backup stored on a seperate hard drive otherwise it would be a real mess. What I need to know is whether or not it is possible to retrieve files off a failed hard drive? I had the system set to backup everything today at about 14:00 hours but the failure occurred before the backup had time to complete.

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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Well, it looks like I was a bit too fast in posting and that it wasn't actually complete hard drive failure but rather the bios (bios?) failing to recognize the drive. However, after several unsuccessful attempts at loading Windows it decided to load. I have no idea why besides hard drive failure the system would think there was no system drive in the computer even though the boot drive has not changed?
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    If the Bios has difficulty recognizing your hard drive then there is a big possibility that it is already dying. Or hopefully the connections just loosened.
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by dee-u View Post
    If the Bios has difficulty recognizing your hard drive then there is a big possibility that it is already dying. Or hopefully the connections just loosened.
    Although, since I am currently using my desktop at the moment I am hoping it is just the loose connection scenario.
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Better back-up your files now that you are able to access it just to make sure.
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Is your mischievous HD an SSD by any chance NightWalker ?
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by Niya View Post
    Is your mischievous HD an SSD by any chance NightWalker ?
    Not from what I remember.
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    Re: Hard drive failure

    Well what you've described happened to every SSD I've ever used. It starts with the BIOS not seeing the HD periodically then it stops seeing it at any time which I assume to mean its finally gone. I've seen traditional HDs do it as well though no where as often. SMART usually detects imminent failure of a traditional HD before it goes so you at least get a warning.
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