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Windows 7: Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive?

15 Nov 2014   #11
jumanji

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hellothere2 View Post
I did all that, and both my good and bad hard drives do not come up in the bottom left hand corner, is there something I'm doing wrong?
Your internal drive and the Lucid Puppy pen drive should atleast show up positively. Redownload the Lucid Puppy ISO, recreate the bootable pen drive and check. To make sure that your pendrive is OK, place a check mark on " Check device for bad blocks" and also uncheck "Quick format" in RUFUS. This will check your pendrive and do a full format.Apart from these I have no other suggestions.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hellothere2 View Post
I'm trying out the other bad hard drive, thought it was the same one but turns out it's a seagate st2000dl003 2000Gb. I can't find the software like the one you provided me for the western digital, do you know of any? Thanks
SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

( I went off for my afternoon nap and got up only now. )


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15 Nov 2014   #12
hellothere2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

God bless afternoon naps. Thanks, I downloaded the Seagate active partition recovery and have found that it's certainly not empty and can't throw it out just yet. Just have to wait another 12 hours superscan to finish.

Thanks again for your help
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15 Nov 2014   #13
hellothere2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm having trouble using the win32 disk imager, I managed to find a copy of the program that would actually work, and mounted the SeaToolsDOS223ALL.ISO to the USB but it didn't work on startup, (no bootmgr.exe). Can't use Rufus, as it says it's not a bootable iso file, so maybe I have the wrong file but I'm not sure where the right file is.
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15 Nov 2014   #14
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Are you following the exact procedure of creating a bootable pen drive as given in option 2 of Arc's tutorial?
i.e., extracting the ISO with 7-Zip or WinRAR, renaming the seatools.ima as seatools.img and then write that to Win32 Disk Imager?

Also in BIOS AHCI to ATA (IDE/SATA)

You can download Win32 Disk Imager from Win32 Disk Imager | SourceForge.net

( Rufus will not work with that ISO)

If still you have problems just forget about it. Write the ISO into a CD and boot from that CD to run Seatools.
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16 Nov 2014   #15
hellothere2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Ah I wasn't doing the extracting part, guess I skipped over it thinking I had already done it. Anyway, I got it to work, though no devices were detected, my BIOS thing was already in IDE (is that good/bad?), so is it safe to say that there is nothing I can do to see what's on this hard drive?
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16 Nov 2014   #16
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Seagate External drive: You can still open the external case, take out the HDD, hook it as a second internal drive on a desktop and check.

Western Digital external drive: Try with Lucid Puppy. As I said if you had done it properly you should atleast see your internal drive as well as the Lucid Puppy pen drive . If you didn't see anything I can only say you again did not do it properly.

Note: I followed my own instructions in post#8 ,created my Lucid Puppy pendrive just to make sure that I haven't faltered anywhere. When I booted my desktop with it I could see all the drives connected - my internal drive, the Lucid Puppy pendrive, and another external HDD. Screenshot below.

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BIOS: If your system was setup as IDE, leave it at that. No need to change it.

I have no more suggestions to offer.


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16 Nov 2014   #17
hellothere2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks very much for your suggestions, I got at least one to work, I appreciate your help
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