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    Fresh install hosed the hard drive

    I have an older Sony that I wanted to do a fresh install of XP and then give it away. During the install the computer blue screened. I was able to finish, but it is a crap shoot if XP will boot or I get a screen saying no hard drive detected. Sometimes it will and then it will not.

    Since then during any attempt to reinstall XP I receive the message that it detects no hard drive. I have tried to repair the MBR and do a check disc but it still fails to run. Could this bad install made the drive unusable or am I missing something here? Maybe a screwed up partition?

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    If the installer does not recognize any HD the drive may have failed. Power down the PC and check all the physical connections. You might also consider replacing the BIOS backup battery (small button battery).

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    Another way to check the drive is to slave it to another system and see if that system sees it. If so, format it while it's slaved and then reinstall it in the original system and then reinstall XP from scratch.

    But, as Joe indicated, it's very likely the drive has failed.
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    Does Bios detect the hard drive? If it doesn't, you have a cable or a failed hard drive. If it does, you probably have a hosed partition. There wasn't a Linux partition on the disk by any chance?

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    Hard drive

    In the Bios, it only shows the USB ports as drives but not the hard drive itself. I'll check the cables and I have an external drive enclosure to check the drive.

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    It's alive

    I removed the drive and changed the cables. Just in case I also gave it a good hard palm slap thinking the the head might be stuck. Placed the drive back in and she took off and has worked since with no problems. ???

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    Just don't be too trusting and be sure to backup regularly.

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    Also the palmslap should be a last resort as it can damage the disk platter. I know what you're trying to fix. I ran across a hard disk a long time ago where the head would periodiacally stick to the platter after spindown and a good jarring would fix it. Haven't seen this in many years though and as Rui stated, I wouldn't trust the disk if it occured but might fix it long enough to back up the data.

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    Hard Disk Sentinel v4.10 trial version

    I've found the above program helpfull in providing details of an impending drive failure I've had recently.

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    This sounds a lot like the kind of things my wife's hard drive did while it was in the process of dying. Before too long, it did die completely.

    If this PC were still in use, this is where I would advise you to do a complete back-up, but it sounds like you don't have anything on it that you need to back up.

    Get the drive diagnostic software for the brand of hard drive, and run it. Unless you get a perfect result from the disk diagnostic software, throw the drive away, it isn't worth the agravation of getting it loaded up, and getting some data on it and then having it die.

    If there is any possibility that the drive has old data on it that you need to keep secure, then before you throw the disk away, and before it gets into a condition where you can't run it, get Derick's Boot and Nuke, and scrub the disk.

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    Do you have an old drive that you could swap in? A new drive may cost more than the PC is worth. Mostly used drives cost more than I want to pay for a used drive, and you don't know if the used drive has problems.

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    If installing a new or used hard drive isn't a good option for you, I wouldn't just try to give away a laptop that old. It would be kinder to people and the environment to simply archive your data onto an external hard drive, then wipe the hard drive with DBAN and recycle the laptop. Or, if you're really sure you have all your data backed up, just remove the hard drive and smash it or put a few holes right through the drive. The object here is to render the drive beyond use or data recovery. Then the drive and the computer can be recycled. In my community, we can no longer put electronics in the trash, as they are banned from landfills.
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    The drive has been working as it should, but who knows. I did a complete image. Thanks Clint for the link. Hard drives have gotten cheaper so I may just replace it with a refurbished WD.

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