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cokefizz3000

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#1 12 years ago

Well my friend and I were messing with the insides of his computer when one of the power cords touched a fan, the entire computer shorted out. Now when we turn his computer on it boots up, and stays at the bios screen while flashing hard disk failure! Help... please.:uhm:




marvinmatthew

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#2 12 years ago

I do suppose that if the fan cut the power cord open (I'm assuming that the fan was spinning when this happened) that there could have been a power surge from the PSU that fried the HD.

There's a terrific hard drive diagnostic and recovery program called SpinRight. It might be a good idea to try: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm




cokefizz3000

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#3 12 years ago

no like we tried to plug a fan in while it was on, and then it shorted. :p




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#4 12 years ago

well thats pretty damn smart, tampering with a computer while its on. :nono:




cokefizz3000

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#5 12 years ago

Hey, I didn't do it :p




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#6 12 years ago

Put the drive on either Slave or Cable Select (It should be on the HDD how to do so), and put it in a different computer with a working HDD (While it is turned off. Else you could get worse than a Fried drive. Like a Shock or an Electrical Fire), boot it up, and see if you can access the HDD. If not, you are teh screwed until you get another HDD. Unless you know how to use DOS. :p




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#7 12 years ago

Sounds like that short either took out the HD, or possibly the motherboard IDE and/or SATA controllers.

Do what DarkTau said, put it in another computer and see if its works.

I would keep your friend out of his PC for awhile, at least until he learns to turn it off first. :rolleyes:




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#8 12 years ago
cokefizz3000;3401842Hey, I didn't do it :p

its still simple logic (electricity flow + open circuit=bad!)

Back on topic, yeah i think its most likely that the HDD fried. cause if his mobo was fried, his comp wouldnt even turn on and tell him there was a harddrive failure.




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#9 12 years ago

its all good besides the lost info, we stuck another one in there and its working good!




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#10 12 years ago

yeah it realy sucks when your harddrive dies all that info you lose