9.0-RELEASE amd64 Bricked My Hard Drive

Bill Tillman btillman99 at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 6 11:21:31 UTC 2012



From: Waitman Gobble <gobble.wa at gmail.com>
To: Bill Tillman <btillman99 at yahoo.com> 
Cc: FreeBSD Questions <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org> 
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2012 5:09 AM
Subject: Re: 9.0-RELEASE amd64 Bricked My Hard Drive

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 7:16 PM, Bill Tillman <btillman99 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Today I encountered a problem which has me stumped. I downloaded and
> burned the ISO image for 9.0-RELEASE for amd64. I  installed an older
> IDE hard drive to test the new OS with and did the install.


> Well the install finished and
> then I attempted to reboot the system but nothing happened. And by that I
> mean the computer's flash screen would come up and give me the choice
> to enter the Bios Setup or Boot Menu and that's all. I could not enter the
> bios setup or the Boot menu.


> So basically,
> FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE bricked an otherwise good 80GB hard drive
> and I can't seem to recover it.
Hi Bill,

What was going on with this drive before the install?  ie, it was sitting
on the self not being used, it was a daily use machine running something
else, ... etc.
At the moment it sounds to me like an inconvenient hardware failure.

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I had been running a similar computer with Windows XP with it. The 
drive was working fine a few moments before I did the install. I have
a utility to test hard drives which boots from CD but like I said, when
this drive is on a cable connected to any machine, booting is a 
non-option. I have an old IDE controller but it's ISA and I have
not ISA slots on this computer. Looks like I may have to try the USB
drive boot option to get on with this rescue.

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