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Old February 23rd, 2010, 12:23 AM
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Re: What the F** is my Laptop doing ?

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Try Test Disk...http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

I had similar problem, The hard disk was getting detected at bios level but after loading OS it was not getting detected. Its partition table was corrupted. I was able to restore it back with TestDisk without any data loss...
Yaar its like....I have tested in 4 different laptops...not getting detected anywhere...it powers up...but no disk activity...in confusion and trauma...I din't notice if drive was spinning (no tick-tick sound though)....it had a fall and casing did open up a lil but I dunno how much damage it did...don't think a fall would make difference to partition table (I mean just a guess)..I checked it in device manager/when you eject a USB drive...drive is getting detected (model-serial number)...but not getting detected in 'my computer' anywhere (XP/VISTA)....I bought it from US (western digital)...I dont think they will even cover it in warranty here ...actually I am not concerned about replacement/repair...but my data
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Re: What the F** is my Laptop doing ?

MacAfee has fu(ked with my worklaptop too! There is no way anything could have got into my work laptop. the number of restrictions is so many, that there is very little that is allowed through. I had to get disk restored. fortunately my company has an effective backup solution which can and does restore data from only as less as 4 hours ago. My conclusion was that one of the MacAfee update was screwed and does not bear well with all machines...
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What a coincidence..My laptop also got attacked - anti virus software updated itself and after that laptop cannot start up fully.Have given it to support guyz yesterday - apparently they have got a long queue.So I cannot do anything at all apart from roaming around inside and outside office.
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Re: What the F** is my Laptop doing ?

Guys do it yourself ... go dual boot ...if you want I can give the exact instructions where you would not end up loosing WinXP and still be able to partition and install over a live system.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 08:57 AM
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that reminds me...my portable HDD drive is close to dead....gets detected..I mean powers up when I plug it into USB drive but doesnt get detected by OS...it had a small fall before it gave up...it had my backups
backup ka backup hai kya? I had thought about this scenario and written data disks to store about 25Gb of really important stuff.
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Guys do it yourself ... go dual boot ...if you want I can give the exact instructions where you would not end up loosing WinXP and still be able to partition and install over a live system.
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Guys do it yourself ... go dual boot ...if you want I can give the exact instructions where you would not end up loosing WinXP and still be able to partition and install over a live system.
Landyabhai, I am in... please start. How long does it take once you have written first set of instructions?
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Yaar its like....I have tested in 4 different laptops...not getting detected anywhere...it powers up...but no disk activity...in confusion and trauma...I din't notice if drive was spinning (no tick-tick sound though)....it had a fall and casing did open up a lil but I dunno how much damage it did...don't think a fall would make difference to partition table (I mean just a guess)..I checked it in device manager/when you eject a USB drive...drive is getting detected (model-serial number)...but not getting detected in 'my computer' anywhere (XP/VISTA)....I bought it from US (western digital)...I dont think they will even cover it in warranty here ...actually I am not concerned about replacement/repair...but my data
the most probably cause is that the disk has disconnected from the USB circuit board. Happened with my disk. I opened the casing, remove the hard disk from the PCB, re-attached it. put it back into casing, put the screws etc back and it should work ok.
Portable hard disks casings absorb shocks most times, unless the fall is bad enough to detach a piece of something inside, the disk is usable. chances of scratching are remote too.

if you search on youtube, you will even get videos telling you how to remove hard disks from the casing. WD ones are a bitch in this matter. they dont have screws...
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backup ka backup hai kya? I had thought about this scenario and written data disks to store about 25Gb of really important stuff.
And where is the backup for the backup of the backup?
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 10:06 AM
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And where is the backup for the backup of the backup?
You may not believe but its there.. most family pics online on picasa (prints in India home).. some files, resume' versions and templates in 8GB flash drive and some zipped into emails.. for music i cant keep more than 2 backups.. some of it in iPod.. rest of the data can go to trash.
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if you search on youtube, you will even get videos telling you how to remove hard disks from the casing. WD ones are a bitch in this matter. they dont have screws...
yeah can be done though.. I have a WD so searched for video.. here's a good one.

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Yaar its like....I have tested in 4 different laptops...not getting detected anywhere...it powers up...but no disk activity...in confusion and trauma...I din't notice if drive was spinning (no tick-tick sound though)....it had a fall and casing did open up a lil but I dunno how much damage it did...don't think a fall would make difference to partition table (I mean just a guess)..I checked it in device manager/when you eject a USB drive...drive is getting detected (model-serial number)...but not getting detected in 'my computer' anywhere (XP/VISTA)....I bought it from US (western digital)...I dont think they will even cover it in warranty here ...actually I am not concerned about replacement/repair...but my data

kuchh hua aage? Did you try opening?
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Yaar its like....I have tested in 4 different laptops...not getting detected anywhere...it powers up...but no disk activity...in confusion and trauma...I din't notice if drive was spinning (no tick-tick sound though)....it had a fall and casing did open up a lil but I dunno how much damage it did...don't think a fall would make difference to partition table (I mean just a guess)..I checked it in device manager/when you eject a USB drive...drive is getting detected (model-serial number)...but not getting detected in 'my computer' anywhere (XP/VISTA)....I bought it from US (western digital)...I dont think they will even cover it in warranty here ...actually I am not concerned about replacement/repair...but my data
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backup ka backup hai kya? I had thought about this scenario and written data disks to store about 25Gb of really important stuff.
lucky and thoughtful you.....mujhe laga...portable drive is enough


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the most probably cause is that the disk has disconnected from the USB circuit board. Happened with my disk. I opened the casing, remove the hard disk from the PCB, re-attached it. put it back into casing, put the screws etc back and it should work ok.
Portable hard disks casings absorb shocks most times, unless the fall is bad enough to detach a piece of something inside, the disk is usable. chances of scratching are remote too.

if you search on youtube, you will even get videos telling you how to remove hard disks from the casing. WD ones are a bitch in this matter. they dont have screws...
I talked with WD guys....they say...you can get your HD checked by a 3rd party and recover your data and then send us for replacement....lemme go to this 3rd party...ask them to open it and then I will try to follow your guidelines and try to extract data...I hope this 3rd party won't screw the idea because they take lotsa money to recover data and if I dont get it done from them...WD won't honor warranty stuff..letz see..

thank you guys for the help. Repps coming
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