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Hard Drive not found when starting PC

I have a fairly new Levovo (7 months old), the hard drive however is from 2003,  I thought I was getting a deal little did I know this drive was sitting on a shelf for 5 years.  Anyway, all was great then one day it hags and when I try restarting it, it goes as far as the WINDOWS screen with the status bar on the bottom and never gets any further that.  I took the drive out and put it into another machine and when it (the drives are SATA) is in the 3rd SATA slot on the MB the PC doesn't start it just goes to a blank screen.  I unplug the suspect drive and the system starts fine.  Do I have to trash the drive all together or is there a way to get the data back and put it back onto a new drive?
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rynoxCommented:
The hard drive is definately faulty.  Can you hear the platters spin up when it is powered?  If you do there may be some hope:
Looks like connecting it directly to a SATA port while booting causes problems.  SATA is plug and play by besign so you could try plugging the data cable in while the system is running, but be wary as this may cause problems as well.  if you do this keep the power plugged in at all times, don't play with the power cable when the computer is running.
Other options are if you have a eSATA connecter you can go that way, or use a USB/SATA adaptor or an enclosure.  If none of these methods allow you to see the drive, your only option may be sending it off to a data recovery service if the data is that valuable.
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Roachy1979Commented:
Try booting from a Linux Live CD such as knoppix in the first instance and see whether the drive mounts.....if it does you can always copy the data to a usb hdd.....

http://www.knoppix.net/
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PCBONEZCommented:
When a drive keeps the system from booting it's generally a short in the power on the drive.
There isn't much you can do about that.
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LoudninjaCommented:
What operating system are you running? Try and boot to the recovery console using your operating system CD. (with the hard disk powered on... I'm assuming you can see it in the CMOS settings screen) Choose the diskcheck option! For windows use the following command:
chkdsk 'DRIVELETTER': /p /r   (NOTE: the apostrophes are for emphasis and there are spaces before each / )
Good luck
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bigpadhakooCommented:
Just Update your bios by visiting your manufacturers site. if it doesn't helps there are good chances that your hard disk is crashed, if you hear a Tic-Tic noise from your disk then it is crashed. you should use HDAT2 to diagnose and repair your drive. you can download it from following link

http://www.hdat2.com/

Good Luck !!
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
You say "it goes as far as the WINDOWS screen with the status bar on the bottom"

Then the laptop is getting as far as seeing the drive in order to "attempt" to load Windows.
Can you boot to a CD in the Lenovo with disk tools on it?  Can these see the contents of the drive?

In the PC what happens if you make the laptop drive SATA1?
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BeaucairejAuthor Commented:
WOW!  What a geat response.  I will resond to each:
rynox:I did try hot plugging in the drive while the power was on still nothing,  The data is worth the money to send it off to a service,
Roachy1979:  It does boot to a CD so I will try that.
PCBONEZ:  Thanks
bigpadhakoo:  I will try your two hits.  I not hear a tic tic sound, so it is not like there is some indication that the drive is bad.
MASQUERAID:  The unit is a desktop and it doesn't make any difference what SATA port i put it on still just sits there and gives me a blank stare.
When i booted into recovery mode and tried to find the dirve C:  it was there but would not let view the contents of the drive.  I kept on getting command not recognized when I tried to display the contents of the drive.
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bigpadhakooCommented:
check its file system for errors and repair with chkdisk utility
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LoudninjaCommented:
Heeey, what about me? :-(  Seriously though, try it. It normally works for me when I have that problem!
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BeaucairejAuthor Commented:
Loudninja:  no tic tic
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bigpadhakooCommented:
ok now try this seriously.... go to device manager and uninstall it's driver if it was present there . reboot and check if it is loaded or not, check with your bios if it is recognized by bios or not, if not then you have to move toward hardware tweaks. i'll tell you if issue didn't resolved
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LoudninjaCommented:
Check my first comment...have you run the disk check yet?? Just follow the instructions I gave you. Your drive letter should be C by default! If you have more than one partition on your hard disk, it wouldn't hurt to run the checkdisk on all of them! Peace
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BeaucairejAuthor Commented:
Loudninja:  How can I run diskchk if i can't even see the drive on another machine?

bigpadhakoo:  The drive will not boot and cannot be seen when i put it into another machine.
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bigpadhakooCommented:
you mean to say system bios doesn't recognize it... if this is the case your drive is somehow corrupted. now you have one option left instead of hardware fixes. get a reputed data recovery or a disk scrubbing software. iolo drive scrubber is a good option to go with it. burn a bootable disk of iolo drive scrubber. it is available in trial version. insert it and check if it detects your drive. if yes grab a recovery software that supports boot time recovery and get your data backed up. now scrub your disk now it'll be booted up if there is any mft or bst related problem is with your drive. if nothing works then you have hardware based options. if you find yourself ok with it just disassamble your disk make sure you nothing touches the metal surface. blow some air with a electric blower on it. screw the nuts and check. if it doesn't work then you have to go for a head replacement.
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BeaucairejAuthor Commented:
bigpadhakoo:  Thanks for the info.  I will do that later today.
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BeaucairejAuthor Commented:
I was not able to use the iolo drive scrubber software.  I replaced the hard drive and reinstalled the OS and all data.  System is running fine.
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