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Your Questions About How To Discover New Hard Drive

Ken asks…

Need help getting my slave hard drive to work?

I have a 60 gb master HD, and a 120 gb slave hard drive that have been working fine for about a year. A few days ago, my computer stopped booting from my master HD. I discovered that by disconnecting my slave HD, my computer boots fine, but with my slave HD connected, it won’t boot.

Does anyone know how to fix this? I didn’t touch any of my connections before this issue happened. Can I boot my computer and connect my slave drive‘s IDE cable when my computer is booting/already on? Or do I just need to get a new HD?
My slave drive is on the same IDE, and I have the jumpers set correctly.
My BIOS is not detecting the drive, even if I switch all the cables around…
And it clicks when I try to boot my computer with the drive plugged in.

New Niche Finder answers:

NEVER connect an IDE hard drive while your computer is on. They are not hot plugable. USB hard drives can be hot plugged and supposedly you can hot plug SATA drives although I’ve never tried it.

Most likely your issue is caused by a jumper not being set correctly. Check your jumpers. They are those little plastic pieces that connect to two pins on the back of your hard drive. On top of your hard drive there is probably a little diagram showing how they can be set. Slave, Master, and Cable Select. I typically use cable select for IDE hard drives, but not all motherboards support this, so you may need to have your master set as master and your slave set as slave.

Barring all of this it is possible that someone tampered with your boot record in Windows XP. I’m too tired to walk you through that process right now. Just check your jumpers and if they are set perfectly and you still have a problem, just email me or add comments and I’ll check back on this question.

Mark asks…

How easy is it for someone to access deleted data from your hard drive?

I’m quite worried coz recently I deleted lots of information and uninstalled programs before passing my dying laptop to someone else. By the time this person got it we discovered that the hard drive casing is shattered due to a heavy book having fallen on the keyboard a while back, after which the pc started acting up, so I decided to start cleaning it down and give it to someone to salvage parts if they wanted.

Now I’ve heard that deleting stuff (personal documents, photos, etc. that were in the trash) can be accessed if those files weren’t overwritten by something else – new data, new programs, whatever.

How easy would it be for someone to retrieve my deleted data, I’m just concerned about security issues.
Please don’t insult me by posting stupid advertising links in response to my query, you will be reported for violating community rules (vis a vis the first respons posted here). Thanks.
And what about if the hard disk isn’t even working as a result of this impact I mentioned – the guy I gave the pc to says he can’t even start it up and probably the hard dive is damaged irreperably as a result of the casing being shattered. Would that make a difference to being able to retrieve the data?

New Niche Finder answers:

To recover a simply deleted file all you need is something like http://www.softperfect.com/products/filerecovery/ which can be run from a flash stick (no install needed) – less than a minute.
If you want your files unrecoverable use a shredder like http://www.fileshredder.org/
If you want to give away a hard disk (alone or in a pc) you need to wipe it clean with http://www.dban.org/

Jenny asks…

Is there any way to undo deleting the hard drive on a computer?

I recently discovered that my Windows XP, laptop computer had all of its memory deleted from it. Itunes, Outlook, Microsoft Office, my pictures, and music were all gone. The things that were on the computer were a 60- day trial for Microsoft Office, the sample pictures, and all of the basic stuff that would come with a brand new computer.

Does anybody know what happened to my computer and how to fix it?


New Niche Finder answers:

Get a technician either someone else did it to your computer or a virus best to get a techy to check it out.

Mandy asks…

How do I make sure that my instant messages are not being saved somewhere on my hard drive?

I chat online at work and use a work computer so don’t want my conversations discovered after I’m gone. MSN gives you the option to record or not these conversations and I don’t think I received that option when I signed up for the new Yahoo.

New Niche Finder answers:

Hmmmmm okay so you are really hiding your online affair from your hubby huh….. Jk… It shouldnt be if u didnt ask it too save

Sharon asks…

How to get the frame-rate better in Red Dead Redemption?

A lot of people have discovered big frame-rate drops while playing Red Dead Redemption. I´ve got my game installed to the harddrive but there is still big problems.
What can i do? Buy a new harddrive? An “Intercooler fan”?

New Niche Finder answers:

There is things you haven’t stipulated, the fact you mentioned you had it installed makes me think you mean either on PS3 or Xbox 360 (actually I don’t know if its out on PC….) Anyway, I would need more information before I could give you a decent answer. Does it happen all the time or only sometimes?

Also buying a new hard-drive shouldn’t make any difference unless you actually do have it on PC in which case I guess you could buy one with a bigger cache. And I would never recommend buying an intercooler fan.

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