My system was working fine, no sign of trouble. This morning I turn it on and get a "Non-System Boot disk" error. I switched hard drives and the new drive booted up no problem. I also tried fdisk from a boot disk and I received a no hard drives found error.
Of course I would like to get the old drive working or at least see what I could salvage off of it. When the old drive is connected, I do see a green light, so it appears that it is getting power, however, it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I can't hear anything going on before I get the message.
I went into the BIOS and see that it doesn't seem to find the drive.
I don't understand what happened. The hard drive is only 2 years old. There were no symptoms leading up to this.
Does it sound like the drive is salvageable? I know of some places that guarantee that they can get the data off, but they are expensive. Is there anything I can try before taking that route?
My system is a dell desktop. 700mhz 20gb running windows2000 professional.