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Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2002 - 9:55 pm:   

Hallo, when I left for vacation I shut of my computer (a 5700N Compaq) and it was working fine. When I returned I turned it on and it refused to load past the BIOS screen.

I narrowed the problem down to my second hard disk, a 1997 4.74GB internal Maxtor, which regularly clicks rapidly then emits an upwards slidewhistle-like electronic noise(reminds me of sound programming in BASIC). If I pull this drive out the comp works fine.

I can't see any burn marks on the circuitry of the drive like on the last HD I fried 3 or 4 years ago (I didn't rip the Maxtor apart, the board is just naturally visible)

I am a beginning computer programmer, and all of my source code is on that disk! I made a backup a few weeks ago, but have progressed greatly since then, and I don't want to do the work over again!

Any advice on getting the data off the disk? I don't especially need the drive itself, just my source code. (And my web page, and a few game saves)
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2002 - 3:15 pm:   

Alright, I fixed that. I just put the drive in the freezer for a couple of hours then got all the stuff I needed off it. It worked great.

Now I have a problem where my drives (different ones) are stated to be in "MS-DOS compatibility mode file system", and the CD-ROM isn't recognized. If I boot with the win98 startup disk it sees the CD-ROM, but I can't get into Windows. Help?
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2002 - 8:37 pm:   

Problem fixed. Just played around with the registry and the data cables.

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