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Typical crashed drive symptoms and error messages

Some common situations and error messages which would suggest that your drive might be suffering from one or more failures or other potential data loss scenarios:

  • Hard drive no longer recognized by the operating system or BIOS.
  • Hard drive detected by the BIOS / operating system, but reporting as unreadable.
  • Hard drive making strange / funny sounds when power is applied.
  • Hard disk drive not spinning despite power being applied.
  • Primary hard disk failure / Secondary hard disk failure.
  • Can"™t Read From the Source File or Disk
  • Inaccessible boot device.
  • Unable to access drive "X".
  • Disk error, press any key.
  • Device not ready, reading drive "X".
  • Operating system not found / missing operating system.
  • The BIOS recognizes the drive but with garbage parameters.
  • The BIOS recognizes the drive but the data is inaccessible.
  • The drive reports bad sectors.
  • NTLDR is missing, Press any key to restart.
  • Replace disk and press any key to continue.
  • The drive reads some data but reports cyclic redundancy checking (crc) errors.