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Kevin Wheeler
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2003 - 3:10 pm:   

I am having a problem with my hard drive, and I was wondering if anyone has any insight as to what happened. The computer was turned on, and Win 98 booted up fine. Later in the evening, I moved the mouse and a window appeared saying something about losing contact with the C: drive.
I rebooted, and after a brief attempt at reading the C: drive, a message appears saying "Operating System Not Found".

Using a boot disk, any attempts to switch from the A: drive to the C: are met with a "fixed disk not present" error.

I went into BIOS, and the hard drive is not detected.

I am going to buy a new hard drive tonight and see if it works. If it doesn't, I suppose I can assume that the hard drive might be fine and I have other problems. If it does work, what should I do to recover the data from the old drive? Does anyone know of a utility I could buy to do so?

Posted on Friday, October 17, 2003 - 10:17 pm:   

Norton Ghost is a good recovery tool if the drive is not bad. You really should find out which company manufactured the drive and download the corresponding disk utility from the manufacturers websight.

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