I have an old Quantum Fireball Lct 15 7.5GB hard drive (Fireball is now owned by Maxtor). The drive died the before I could copy the contents to a DVD (I installed just a few days earlier!)
Here is what happened:
I turned on the computer once, Windows couldn't boot because of missing files. I rebooted again and the computer said "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND CONTINUE". - No grinding noises.
My current symptoms are:
- Bios does not recognize the disk.
- There is a green LED on the controller board which blinks twice, waits, blinks twice, waits.
- When I turn on the computer, the drive does not vibrate. Maybe it's not spinning up?
- If I unplug the IDE cable but leave power cable plugged in, no vibration.
- I plugged the device into a second computer-- no luck.
- Tried different IDE cables-- no luck.
1. What does the blinking green LED mean?
2. Any suggestions on how I can recover this myself, long enough to get the data off of the drive? Can I buy my own controller card and plug it in? Give it a good wack? Put it in the freezer overnight? (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Desktops/Q_20377274.html?query=dead+fireball&clearTAFilter=true
3. Are there any recommended data-recovery services? I got one quote of $650!!!