Urgent Help Needed

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Demon Hunter, May 11, 2006.

  1. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, but I'm in a crunch. It's getting really late here and I still haven't gotten this slave drive to work, it has very important data. :(

    I just want this slave drive to work. That is all, just a new hard drive. GOD I HATE WINDOWS!

    I've been trying a bunch of PCs, making sure the pin settings are correct, rebooting, BIOS, everything is right but it just won't boot! It gets stuck at the damned logo screen with that annoying "progress" bar. The S.M.A.R.T. status says BAD. This really surprises me because it's supposed to be a new Seagate Barricuda. :confused:

    My last resort is to hook it up to our G4 (which I didn't want to mess with), and hope it reads the NTSF data so I can copy it and breathe again.

    Any help is very appreciated.
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    Grrr, don't get why you're blaming Windows when it's irrelevant, and in fact did its job by telling you the SMART status..

    Sounds more like a hard drive just failed on you.
    Depending on how much critical data there is on there (also, not knowing the extent of SMART support in winxp/your setup), I actually wouldn't want to touch that drive to get the data off of it if there's a chance you can take it to some data recovery companies.

    If it's making any weird noises, stop using it. If you can help it, don't reboot from it anymore. The more you use a drive where some mechanical part is failing, the more it's going to be damaged.
     
  3. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That's the irony. This is the drive the data recovery team gave us!

    A Mac does not have this kind of trouble, finding its own boot drive.
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    The SMART status is independent from any OS. It's a value given by the hard drive and passed on to your OS to tell you about anything you should be worried about, in particular mechanical failures in the drive. You can't prevent it by using one particular OS over another. If the SMART status on your Mac's startup drive was the same, it wouldn't be able to boot either.

    Contact the team, 'cause something's wrong with that drive. Seagates are supposed to be pretty good, but looks like you got a bad one :(
     
  5. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I know that, what I'm saying is it won't even boot into Windows with its normal, functioning drive. Even after I remove the broken slave, it doesn't startup.

    Thanks for your help. Tomorrow I'm going to have to drive to the recovery place, and ask for an external or DVDs.

    Oh well, at least I'm getting paid hourly. :cool:
     
  6. janey macrumors 603

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    Ohhh, misread that. Something's wrong with the way it was setup then..(maybe like, raid0 or something?) Sorry I couldn't help much, but there isn't much you can do about hard drive failure.
     
  7. Demon Hunter thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No worries. :) It's nice to know someone is there to help. If it really is hard drive failure, it will be the most hysterical thing ever.
     
  8. janey macrumors 603

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    Haha yeah, I was chuckling while I read that part where you said that drive was from the data recovery guys..
     

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