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Windows 7: Second HDD rapidly reappearing/disappearing with autorun/format dialog

14 Mar 2014   #1
Shadowex3

Win7 64b
 
 
Second HDD rapidly reappearing/disappearing with autorun/format dialog

OS: win7 professional 64bit

While reformatting due to bit rot I installed a second hdd. It worked fine for the last few months but just recently started behaving strangely. When browsing in explorer after not having been there for a bit it would take a while to load but then become responsive then behave normally, and shortly after that the drive started disappearing periodically even though it still showed in bios.

In the last day or so the disappearing became more problematic and it stopped reappearing after logging out. Finally just now it's started reappearing and disappearing rapidly with an Autorun popup and, on some boot cycles, a "you need to format this drive" dialog. For the few seconds it's visible everything is normal, but then it will disappear and the cycle repeats.

I've never gotten anything like this before, and every hdd I've ever lost gave the click of death before dying so if that's what's happening it's caught me by surprise.


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14 Mar 2014   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 



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14 Mar 2014   #3
Shadowex3

Win7 64b
 
 

Yep, seems like a dead drive then. I recognize the chkdisk screen from that guide, it's run that once at boot already once and basically gave an unending stream of "File record segment unreadable ######".

I can't run any of the utilities because the hdd doesn't even stay visible in windows long enough to click on. It completes a cycle of disappearing, reappearing, the autoplay dialog opening, and disappearing again within a few seconds at most.
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15 Mar 2014   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Shadow if you need some data off that drive try this as I have used this on quite a few occasions to recover data I thought had gone forever on my own machines and hen on fixes I have done.

BOOTABLEUBUNTU

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Set the BIOS to boot from theoptical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL> select TRY

When it is finished - it takes verylittle time you will get a screen like in the pic .

Open the drive you want > Userand dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy /paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doingthis.

I am not sure if it will but I haverecovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or justplain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.


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15 Mar 2014   #5
Shadowex3

Win7 64b
 
 

Tried it, got an input/output error and then it disappeared like it does on windows.
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15 Mar 2014   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Doesn't sound good mate I reckon the drive is cactus.
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16 Mar 2014   #7
Shadowex3

Win7 64b
 
 

Yeah I think it went schiavo silently. First time I've lost a drive without the click of death... I should have figured it out back when it started needing to "reload".
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16 Mar 2014   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep mate thye can go even without a whimper let alone a click.
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