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G50V hard drive kaput?

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  • Windows 7
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Last response: in Storage
November 6, 2012 3:40:42 PM

Hello,My G50V - about 4 years old, Windows 7, 2 HDs - suddenly crashed and when I tried to reboot it, I kept getting the message 'missing operating system.' Was finally able to enter BIOS and reset the BIOS defaults (based on a recommendation I found online). The computer then booted normally, only when I go to 'My Computer' the two drives on my second HD (F and G) are no longer listed. My backups are on G. Am I to conclude the HD is fried? Is there a way to recover the contents? Thanks.

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a c 336 G Storage
November 6, 2012 7:20:23 PM

Does the other HDD spin up?

What is its model number?

Can you see the drive in Disk Management?

Can you see it in BIOS?
November 6, 2012 7:35:53 PM

I rebooted and the drives showed up again and are accessible. In the meantime, I tried to make a mirror image of the drives using Maxtor software and it failed at 98%. The drives are listed in device manager as ST9250421AS - is that the model no. you're looking for? No apparent trouble with the other HDD except when I try to make a mirror image.
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a c 336 G Storage
November 6, 2012 8:03:05 PM

You may be able to get some of the remaining 2% with ddrescue (freeware). Ddrescue understands how to work around bad sectors. It also maintains a log file so that it can resume after an interruption.
November 6, 2012 8:14:31 PM

Thanks for the advice - how does ddrescue work? Can I use it with Maxtor MaxBlast?