Is my HD dead?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by zicovsky, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    Hi all,

    I've a 80GB SATA hd that I was using as my primary hd (had windows and everything on it), one day, all of a sudden, I turned on my computer and windows wouldn't load, tried everything I coudl imagine and still it wouldn't load.

    So I installed windows on another HD I have here and booted from that one with the SATA still plugged in.

    Even though the SATA HD is recognized when booting up, it won't show on windows explorer, did it die? anyone have any idea?

    man, all my stuff is there :/
  2. PowerSlide

    PowerSlide Just Started

    can say so..

    try it on another pc see how
  3. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    I have a faulty HDD too. Now I couldn't format it... :( Even using the SeaTools to set zero bit failed.
  4. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    How about right-click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management? Can you see your disk there? :think:
  5. zy

    zy Staff Member

    probably damaged partitions ? ;p
  6. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Hmm.. Don't junk it yet. Install it in your computer as a second drive (not boot). See if the BIOS even detects it. There's hope if it's detectable in the BIOS.

    In Windows, go My Computer > Manage > Disk Management (as Dashken recommends) and check if the partitions are healthy. You can scan them for any problems. Hopefully, it's just a soft error. :think:
  7. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    I have it already as second drive, the bios detects it but windows don't.

    I'll try your advice when I get home Adrian and Dashken.
  8. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    I think when you see it at Disk Management, it's be displayed as Unknown Partition or something. :D
  9. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    If that's the case then I guess all my files are gone forever. damn, didn't see this coming at all.

    I'll check it out tonight, at least if I can get the HD to work i'll be half happy.
  10. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    If you still can start up the drive, maybe it can be recovered.
  11. zy

    zy Staff Member

    if you are using NTFS, there is still chance of file recovery.
    i accidentally deleted on of my 120gb ntfs partition before, but i was able to recover all the files.
  12. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    Okay, for apparently no reason, windows detected it again, i plugged it in, rebooted and windows woudn't see it, i rebooted again and windows saw it. which means all my files are safe (phew)

    BUT, i tried to boot the pc with it set as primary and I got a blue screen of death with no error message or anything, just a generic BSOD. should I try to use recovery console?

    Take a look:

    We have C:, D: and F: which are the HD with windows that I'm using now, my dvd-write and a virtual drive.

    And now we have E: and G:.. E: was my main old windows partition and G: was my secondary partition to keep stuff, I just have no idea what that 502 MB unkown partition is.
  13. Dashken

    Dashken Administrator!

    Waste no more time and back up everything before it's too late!!! :o :haha:
  14. peaz

    peaz ARP Webmaster Staff Member

    Yup. better to backup all the files asap. maybe some kind of failing hd controller chip.
  15. zy

    zy Staff Member

    yeah, backup to be safe,
  16. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    haha that's exactly what i'm doing.

    anyway, i guess i'll try to re-format later and see how it goes, windows is weird!

    also, anyone can give any help on which commands I can run on recovery console to try to fix it?
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2007
  17. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    I can't remember the console commands, but one of them is fixmbr. That's for fixing the Master Boot Record.
  18. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    yeah it was beyong repair.

    but I was able to save all my files, which i'm very glad.

    thanks for all the help guys!!
  19. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Phew, at least you got your files out! :thumb:
  20. zicovsky

    zicovsky Newbie

    and it DIED! hahaha

    damn.. i managed to save all my files, i was just started using it agian and all of a sudden, pluft.. dead.

    bah! now i have to use my old 4200 rpm hd. i'm in bad luck lately, my graphics card cooler died, now my hd.. wonder what's next.

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