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Hard drive quit working?

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July 23, 2010 3:53:59 AM

So I built my own rig back two years ago. And it has always worked fine. And yesterday morning it worked fine. But when I got home at night the computer was shut down and it wouldn't start back up. And I don't remember for sure if I shut it down or not, but I think I did before I left. I though maybe it had a bug that deleted everything. But then tried to re-install Windows Vista on it and it can't detect the hard drive. All that shows up is BOOT(X:\) and it is about 35MB. So anyone have any suggestions? Did my hard drive just die or something?
July 23, 2010 4:55:44 AM

Your hard drive may be going bad. Run diagnostics on it (use the manufacturers).

As far as the X drive goes, it looks like your install got partly finished and you're seeing the result of unfinished work. Run the diagnostics. If your hard drive is dead, get a new one and try again.
July 23, 2010 5:30:01 AM

Yeah I was going to do that.
July 25, 2010 8:18:15 PM

Okay. I ran diagnostics, SeaTools. And it can't even detect a hard drive at all. So did my drive die? Or the SATA ports on the motherboard, or the cable?