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Windows 7: Disk offline -- Sig collision with another disk


28 Dec 2010   #1

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 
Disk offline -- Sig collision with another disk

Hi all
Plugged a second USB drive into the machine and got the following message

Disk offline -- Signature collision with another disk

What do I do -- I need BOTH disks to be on line. I haven't seen this error before. Both discs totally OK NTFS formatted - no Windows system partitions on them --just DATA.

Cheers

jimbo


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28 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hey jimbo, do those drives have external power supply or are they drawing their power through the usb bus ?
If so you might need a split cable to connect to multiple ports the same time to overcome the 500mA at 5V limit.

In case it's not a power issue you could try this solution (which I found on the net):

1. Open Command Prompt.
2. type DISKPART - a new window will open.
3. enter command : LIST DISK. This will show you all the connected disk with the offline one.
4. Now select the offline disk using the next command SELECT DISK <disk_no> wheredisk_no is the offline disk number which you can get from step 3 result.
5. Now you have selected the offline disk. Now enter command ONLINE DISK.


-DG
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29 Dec 2010   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
These are two identical self powered WD 1 TB disks.

After a bit of googling I managed to get it to work by using the DISKPART command in this link

How to Change the Disk Signature of a Drive Without Losing Existing Data or Reformatting (howtohaven.com).

It took a while to find this but it worked.

I've been using computers for YEARS -- this is the FIRST time I've ever seen this error.

Shows that you never stop learning

Cheers
jimbo
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29 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I haven't seen that kind of error ever in over 30 years . I guess randomizing those IDs in general works, and you just were the exception of the rule

If I were you i would play lotto (chances to hit the jackpot between 1:5.000.000 and 1:14.000.000) and avoid the next lightning storm (chance of being struck ~1:280.000)

Anyways...glad you got it sorted out.
I bookmarked the link..just in case

-DG
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17 Dec 2011   #5

Win 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
In case it's not a power issue you could try this solution (which I found on the net):

1. Open Command Prompt.
2. type DISKPART - a new window will open.
3. enter command : LIST DISK. This will show you all the connected disk with the offline one.
4. Now select the offline disk using the next command SELECT DISK <disk_no> wheredisk_no is the offline disk number which you can get from step 3 result.
5. Now you have selected the offline disk. Now enter command ONLINE DISK.


-DG
Thank you! I've been pulling my hair out for days trying to see my old drive. this just worked. better praise can't be had
cheers
alyssa
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18 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

glad it worked for you, Alyssa. You're very welcome and thanks for the feed back

-DG
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19 May 2012   #7

Win 7
 
 

Hope this old post is still active.

The HDD I am trying to connect has a Windows 7 bootable partition.
After changing the uniqueid in Diskpart this HDD becomes unbootable when I try to use it in its normal workstation.
Only after repair with the Windows 7 install disk will it work normally again.

Any way around this problem?
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22 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

This thread is rather old, and you are not likely to get a response. Please start your own thread and describe your problem in more detail.
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09 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks much, Sledge!!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
Hey jimbo, do those drives have external power supply or are they drawing their power through the usb bus ?
If so you might need a split cable to connect to multiple ports the same time to overcome the 500mA at 5V limit.

In case it's not a power issue you could try this solution (which I found on the net):

1. Open Command Prompt.
2. type DISKPART - a new window will open.
3. enter command : LIST DISK. This will show you all the connected disk with the offline one.
4. Now select the offline disk using the next command SELECT DISK <disk_no> wheredisk_no is the offline disk number which you can get from step 3 result.
5. Now you have selected the offline disk. Now enter command ONLINE DISK.


-DG
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03 Apr 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fyrekrig View Post
Hope this old post is still active.

The HDD I am trying to connect has a Windows 7 bootable partition.
After changing the uniqueid in Diskpart this HDD becomes unbootable when I try to use it in its normal workstation.
Only after repair with the Windows 7 install disk will it work normally again.

Any way around this problem?
You may have found your answer on another thread, which I cannot find without a link here. For others with similar question , I found this that may help: Fixing Disk Signature Collisions - Mark&#39;s Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs If I read it correctly, essentially, the answer is to change it back to the original and shows how to find the original signature, in case you lost track of it.
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