Hard Drive repair: Fixing a hard drive failure is a simple - remove the failed drive and install the new
Most components in your system are expensive, the
hard drive is no exception.
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But if you think about the "bang for your buck" the newer hard drives are a
super bargain. Consider this, one byte (that is 8 bits) is equal to one character of
typed text. Now you have a hard drive that has the capacity of xxx gig, that is
xxx billions of single characters, how many books would it take to have say 300
gig of characters? A book case of encyclopedias? Two? Three? So a new 300 gig hard drive costs say $130, you get a meg for about $0.005, that is less than a
half cent per 250,000 characters!
Note: Unless you have a fully equipped electronics shop repairing
the electronics of a hard disk is out of your reach. The reason I say this is
low level component repair isn't the same as it was twenty years ago when I
was doing it.
The main reason is the size of the components: "micro chip" components are
extremely small. They do not have any markings, to change out a failed IC
(integrated circuit) you need to know who made it and the part number. The
only way to get this information is from the original equipment manufacture,
and it is extremely doubtful they will give or even sale you the schematic for
their proprietary product. Your only choice is to remove then replace the
Before we get to the actual replacement/upgrade
we need to know what type of
drive you have.
Is it a SATA (ATA Serial Drive) or IDE Drive?
Each have different connectors for both the drive controller cable and the power
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Replace or upgrade?
Replacement of a hard drive is a fairly simple procedure, Safety First!
Hard Drive repair Observe ESD - ESD will kill it before you get a chance to power it up! Use that static
Open the case, look at the old drive (check the
CD section for steps) note the
cable positions. Disconnect the cables, remove the drive.
Look at the back of the drive, check the drive select jumper, is this the only
drive on the cable?
- Yes: Then it should be set for cable select.
- No: Is the jumper set for Master or Slave
SATA drive selection is set by embedded
Reverse removal procedure.
Replace case cover, prepare to power up. (Check you computer documentation on
how to get to the BIOS setup)
Power up, do you see the post?
Go to BIOS setup, your new drive should be listed. BIOS listings differ from
manufacture to manufacture, if it is not displayed on the fist page,
If this is a replacement drive that the OS (Operating System) was on then you
will have to make sure that the drive is selected to be the Boot drive, also you
will have to reinstall the OS. (check the programs listing for instructions on
reinstalling your OS).
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If this is a second drive and not the OS drive once you see it in the BIOS,
check to see if it is listed as the boot drive, you do not want it to be the
boot drive, change the setting.
Once you are confident that the drive settings for the bios are correct exit and
let the OS load.
Once the OS is up and running you have to do two more things before your new
drive is ready:
Partition the drive
Format the drive
page to complete these two tasks.
Data Recovery Companies:
Ontrack Data Recovery Software
Data Recovery Do-it-yourself Software
A note on "data recovery" software and services: The longer the data has been
missing the lower the chance of recovery and the higher the cost if using a
Therefore backup is a must, and backup often! See the "How To..." section if you
need information on how to do a backup! "It is your data and if you don't
safe guard it the data will not be yours for long!"