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Windows 7: Is my HD toast? Windows is having trouble recognizing it.

27 Oct 2011   #1
oddauc

windows 7 professional
 
 
Is my HD toast? Windows is having trouble recognizing it.

Ok, first of all let me say that I don't have a lot of experience with pc builds. I thought it would be a fun project to build a htpc with my son. It was running well for about a month, and now problems. I have used all new components. I have
Asrock 1155 motherboard
4gb kington ram
2tb western digital green hd
Intel Pentium cpu

I don't usually turn the pc off, the other day when I selected the pc input on my tv I saw that windows was attempting a startup repair. Im not sure how this happened, the only thing I can think of is that there was an automatic update with a timed-out restart.

Anyway, the repair attempt lasted for hours since I noticed and who knows how long before. I finally decided to do a hard shut down. Upon restart, after the bios screen, I got a error saying it couldn't find my disk. I tried booting with a windows 7 disk and repairing but no luck. It could not find my disk to repair and wanted to know the location of drivers. I then tried to install win onto another partition. It showed my HD, but there was an error at the bottom of the screen saying that windows could not install to that drive. I tried to create another partition and got an error.

I then tried to run bootrec.exe from the command prompt. I kept getting the message "A device attached is not functioning". When I did the ScanOs, it couldn't find anything.

I also dug out an old copy of linux thats bootable from a CD-Rom (Im not very familiar with Linux) It started up, but I couldn't find my HD in the My Documents folder. Its been a long time since I played with it, so Im not sure I was looking in the right spot.

The HD does show up as a boot option in my bios...so I dont know. Im running SpinRite right now to see if that does anything. (Never used it before, just saw it mentioned on another post)

As I said, Im not real knowledgeable, Im just throwing mud at the wall at this point. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks for your pactience


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27 Oct 2011   #2
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Hi -

Since HDD is visible in BIOS, run HDD Diagnostics -

http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru....php?p=2828431

Run the LONG test.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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27 Oct 2011   #3
oddauc

windows 7 professional
 
 

Hmm, ok so I tried the Seagate tool. The first time I booted with it it hung up immediately. I then re-booted and it got a little further than hung up again. The third time I got to the graphical menu, but its completely disproportional to my screen size. I can only see the upper 1/4 of the screen. I stumbled past the License Agreement to where I select which scan to run. I can't even see those options. I can barely see the Drive List, and there are no drives listed.

Any ideas?
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28 Oct 2011   #4
jcgriff2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Replace the HDD.

You can connect the HDD as a slave to another system or use a USB/SATA adapter to try and recover files from it - Newegg.com - Adapters & Gender Changers,adapters sata

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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