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  • I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

    I thought my computer monitor died on me, so I borrowed a friend's to boot up and try to retrive my data. However, that monitor did not work. When I connected, it immediately indicated "going to sleep mode."

    How can I retrieve my data from the hard drive?

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    Re: Help - I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

    There are several things that could be an issue here:

    Does the computer POST when you first turn it on? (test on the screen detailing system properties, BOIS version, etc.)
    Does the power come on when you push the button?
    Can you hear the hard drive spin while the power is on?
    Can you get to safe mode? (F8 while booting up)
    Have you tried a different video card?

    Let's figure out if it is a motherboard or video card error first.

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    • #3
      Re: I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

      Do you get any beep codes? If so, what are they?
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        Re: I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

        The best way to retrieve data from a drive is to put the drive in another machine as a slave. When the Windows boots up on the new machine, you'll see the other drive as a D or E drive (or some letter, depending on what else is on there). You'll be able to navigate it's filesystem, assuming the drive isn't actually dead. From there, simply copy the data you need to a thumb drive, CD, or other media.

        Best of luck friend,

        Chris

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        • #5
          Re: I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

          On another note, the above post assumes you're talking about a standard PC HDD (IED, SATA), not a laptop drive. If it's a laptop drive, you would still do basically the same thing, but you would need to by an adapter (sold at places like Best Buy) that allows you to connect a 2.5" drive (laptop drive) to a PC via USB externally.

          Chris

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          • #6
            Re: I need assistance with retrieving my hard drive data

            Basic Beep Codes for ABIT AWARD BIOS Motherboards

            1.) No beep at all - this means your motherboard is dead, either due to a defective or underpowered power supply, poorly seated CPU or RAM, or a dead-on-arrival board

            2.) One beep - board is working fine

            3.) One long beep then machine shuts down - faulty, improperly installed or missing CPU

            4.) 1 short(Beep) System booting is normally

            5.) 2 short(Beep) CMOS setting error

            6.) 1 long - 1 short(Beep) DRAM ERROR

            7.) 1 long - 2 short(Beep) Display card or monitor connected error

            8.) 1 long - 3 short(Beep) Keyboard Error

            9.) 1 long - 9 short(Beep) ROM Error

            10.) Long(Beep) continuous DRAM isn't inserted correctly

            11.) Short(Beep) continuous POWER supply has a problem

            12.) A two-tone siren, generally caused by overheating or out of specification voltages

            13.) Four beeps then machine shuts down. This is because this version of the BIOS will shut down your machine if no fan tachometer signal is detected on the fan header. Make sure you attach a fan to the FAN1 or FAN4 header or clear CMOS to reset to default (no checking).
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