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Windows 7: Getting W7 to recognize a HD


28 Oct 2011   #1

Windows7 64
 
 
Getting W7 to recognize a HD - Another new Q

Hi all.

So, I have several physical SATA HDs that I use with Windows 7 Ult. 64-bit. C (OS), D, F, G, H.

All of a sudden, Windows does not see the G drive. It shows up in My Comp., but does not have any properties; the other drives say New Volume (C) x-GB free of x-GB, whereas the G drive now only says G and nothing else. If I double-click it, I get a message saying that the drive needs to be formatted before it can be used.

I removed the HD and put it into an enclosure. All of the data is there, and I am actually copying everything to a BU drive right now.

The question is, what do I need to do to get Windows to recognize the HD? If ultimately I can't, it's no biggie, as I will have all of the data on another HD, so nothing is lost. But I would like to just put it back in, and do whatever I need to do to get Win to see it properly.

Any ideas?

Oh, and sorry i this is not in the right forum, wasn't sure where this should go. feel free to move.

Thank you in advance.

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28 Oct 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Hi Jason,

Have you tired to run a chkdsk /R on this disk? Give that a go from an elevated command pronpt.

Regards,
Golden
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28 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Please connect the drive and upload a screenshot of your expanded disk management layout.

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28 Oct 2011   #4

Windows7 64
 
 

Thanks for the replies.

Problem solved. After copying all of the data, I put the HD back in, and before actually booting into the OS, Windows told me that there were errors on drive G, and that it was going to run a check disk. It must have fixed whatever was wrong, because all is fine now.

I guess the thing that puzzles me is that it didn't do that the first two times I rebooted. It only did the check disk after I removed the HD, booted into Wndows without it, shutdown, put the HD back in, and powered back up. Wierd.

Thanks again!
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28 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome and thanks for the update.
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31 Oct 2011   #6

Windows7 64
 
 

So, even tho I resolvd this, and the drive is ok, I wanted to ask out of curiousity:

In the root of that drive, I have a file called bootsqm.dat What is that, why is it there, and what happens if I delete it? Again, just curious.

Thanks!
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31 Oct 2011   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

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31 Oct 2011   #8

Windows7 64
 
 

Cool - thanks!
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