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    Hard Drive problem! I lost everything! Or have I?

    I shutdown my laptop (Dell M1530) last night everything went fine. I turned it on this morning and it kept booting into Dell Direct Media thing. Anyway it just won't start with my OS which is Windows 7. I can't access any files etc...

    I tried Windows 7 repair and it said it repaired start-up items but it still starts the media direct thing. I tried going into safe mode but my OS isn't even listed there! Even system restore through the Windows 7 disc doesn't do anything.

    I finally ran a built-in diagnostics after booting laptop and it detected a problem with the Hard drive, the error message is below:

    Error Code: 0142
    Msg: Error Code: 2000-0142

    I didn't backup anything (was going to soon) so it would help if someone can help me to recover anything if that's possible. I've only got a few important stuff that would be difficult to replace but most I don't need. Can anyone help? Many thanks.

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    take the drive out and put it in an external case then connect up to another pc and pray

    Original Poster

    mosskeeto

    take the drive out and put it in an external case then connect up to … take the drive out and put it in an external case then connect up to another pc and pray



    lol can you suggest an external case since I've no idea where/which one to buy.

    I would reseat the hard drive first (detach it then fit it back in)
    20 % cure rate with this in laptops.

    Good luck !
    Edited by: "choplamb" 5th Dec 2010

    Hi, can't help u directly, but I think if u google "Dell M1530 Error Code: 0142 Msg: Error Code: 2000-0142" u may get some ideas.

    Good Luck!

    mosskeeto

    take the drive out and put it in an external case then connect up to … take the drive out and put it in an external case then connect up to another pc and pray



    Do a quick search on fleabay, check if your drive is ide or sata and get the one you need, only around a fiver del.

    Hi
    this happened to me about 3 weeks ago and i had to buy one of the enclosures mentioned.
    if you live near manchester there's a shop called Aria and buy this:
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Drive+Enclosures/External+(For+SATA+Drive)/Arianet+2.5%22+Hard+Drive+Enclosure+SATA+to+USB+2.0+?productId=37806

    or you can't get there order it online not sure how much the postage is,
    and when you have just undo the screws under your laptop that hold the hard drive and it may have a face plate attached to it that needs unscrewing and then fit it into the enclosure then on a working pc go to my computer and plug the hard drive in and it should show up maybe as two partitions.
    Then just locate the files you want and copy across.
    With me though when i plugged it in the PC only recognised it as 1 unformatted drive so i had to download a file recovery program and set it to scan the hard drive and it found everything i wanted then choose to recover them its called "file recovery for windows" made by seagate mainly for usb drives but works great on normal drives.
    Or you could try downloading the Ultimate boot cd "UBCD" then boot from the CD and try the recovery options.
    let me know how you get on
    steve

    choplamb

    I would reseat the hard drive first (detach it then fit it back in)20 % … I would reseat the hard drive first (detach it then fit it back in)20 % cure rate with this in laptops.Good luck !



    This worked for me with my Dell Inspiron a short while back.!

    If you need data transfered from a hard drive whether it's a 2.5" or 3.5" , you dont need an enclosure . Just buy a IDE/SATA to USB device .It comes with a power supply for use with the 3.5" drive , but the main device is a cable , it has a USB plug on one end and a plastic box on the other . You plug your hard drive into this box . If it's a 2.5" drive , it's self powered , so just plug your drive onto the plastic box and the cable into the USB port of a laptop or PC .This will enable you to go into your profile and copy your data for backup . I have a few of these device's and use them alot . Great things to have at hand .

    I know it's no help to you at present, but this is why you're also advised to backup an image of the system every so often too, and backup very important files all the time to an external drive (or 2). Over the years I have had so many times where I have lost stuff through a faulty HDD etc and had to start over, that now I do the above as a matter of course... takes approx 15-20 mins for me to backup my win7 partition to an external drive once a month.. and important files are backed up to a portable USB too and kept somewhere safe. That way if something goes wrong, I always have the option to cut my losses and repair from image to get my system back up and running and then just copy my iportant files back over from the USB stick... so approx 30 mins to repair it if it's a software problem as opposed to approx 2-5 hours to re-install windows and programs/updates etc etc.
    If this was my laptop I would most likely just buy another cheap-ish HDD to put in it, load on windows and then buy (if you don't alreadt have one) a USB docking station ebuyer.com/pro…269
    Then you should be able to copy over any files to the new drive that you need from the old one, assuming that the other drive isn't completely dead. I have one of these docking stations as I do a lot of stuff for friends and family too and saves time having to fit in a caddy etc and also it takes 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA drives.... only buy the above if yours is SATA, it doesn't fit IDE drives.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the advice guys. I've unscrewed the HDD and it's a SATA and I've bought a caddy thing from Amazon. I have some hope since when I put the Windows 7 disc in it did find the installation of Win7 and it even told me the size of the HDD. This tells me that perhaps some or even all of the data may be recoverable. And using a recovery program as plan B is also a fantastic idea! so I just have to wait it out now...
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