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Windows 7: drive not recognized, is there any way to get my data?

03 Nov 2012   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Welcome airworks

Is this a Destop or laptop HD ? Is it a SATA or IDE HD ?

You might try an inexpensive HD Dock to connect it to your brothers computer. If it recognizes it you might be able to copy & save some of your data.




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04 Nov 2012   #12
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Normally if the BIOS won't recognize the Hard Drive, neither will a Dock or Transfer Cable. If it is IDEE then the IRQ for the Hard Drive is normally handled by the BIOS, if it is SATA or eSATA then Windows will handle IRQ and this might work but there is only about a 5-10% chance. I use a data transfer cable I bought off of Newegg for like $15 that handles IDEE, SATA (Both Laptop and Desktop) to do data transfers for my customers.
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04 Nov 2012   #13
airworks

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

This is a desktop and data ssd hard drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
What he is referring to is Boot Priority, it will always say Hard Drive there, you have to look at your BIOS main screen to see if it is showing up there, if it isn't you are out a Hard Drive, if it is, then you might be able to use it as a secondary Hard Drive and try to pull files off of it, but if that doesn't work your best bet would be to just get a new one and take this lesson to heart to keep a backup copy of your files.
Weird because before on the boot tab I managed to see sata with the serial number as well for the drive. When I look at the main tab it shows 6 lines from sata 1 to sata 6. All of them state not detected. I've already tried setting it as a secondary drive on another comp, but it wasn't recognized there either.
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04 Nov 2012   #14
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by airworks View Post
This is a desktop and data ssd hard drive.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
What he is referring to is Boot Priority, it will always say Hard Drive there, you have to look at your BIOS main screen to see if it is showing up there, if it isn't you are out a Hard Drive, if it is, then you might be able to use it as a secondary Hard Drive and try to pull files off of it, but if that doesn't work your best bet would be to just get a new one and take this lesson to heart to keep a backup copy of your files.
Weird because before on the boot tab I managed to see sata with the serial number as well for the drive. When I look at the main tab it shows 6 lines from sata 1 to sata 6. All of them state not detected. I've already tried setting it as a secondary drive on another comp, but it wasn't recognized there either.
When you tested it on another computer did you try the same cables or did you use a different one, SATA cables do tend to wear out easily. The factory red ones with black ends are the worst at this.

Another thing you can do is test it as a primary on another computer, it will Blue Screen on boot, but at least you know the drive is at least booting.
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04 Nov 2012   #15
airworks

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

They were different cables. Lol my bro was afraid to test it any further because it slowed down his PC a lot... his PC has problems of its own, weird noises and such. I'll try asking him about putting it as a primary drive.
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04 Nov 2012   #16
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

If it slowed down the PC that means the drive is shot, only option if you are desperate to get your files off of it is to get a transfer cable or case, I am assuming it is a Desktop SATA drive? If so this Case would work, and to me having one of these are handy if you like to tinker around with your computer a lot.

Vantec NexStar TX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure
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04 Nov 2012   #17
gregrocker

 

I provided a free and easy method to immediately rescue data if you can't slave the HD to another PC and don't want to wait for an adapter cable, providing the HD is still working or can be repaired enough to recover data:

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If you will answer the other questions in my post we can help you better. THere's a possibility that the data may not be seen until the HD is repaired enough to remove it using HD Diagnostic extended CD scan and Disk Check from installer/repair CD Command line. If it's not seen at all then sometimes after slaving it in another PC, Partition Wizard will see and repair the file system enough that data can be rescued.

I'd also change the cables.
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04 Nov 2012   #18
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Greg if the drive doesn't show in the BIOS or Disk Management there is no way to get any data off it from any Boot DVD or thumb drive. The bad drive simple is not seen, IE it is dead.
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04 Nov 2012   #19
gregrocker

 

OP has not answered my last post to check in the correct location in BIOS setup to see if HD is detected.

BIOS boot order which is not where storage drives are registered by the BIOS.
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04 Nov 2012   #20
airworks

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you will answer the other questions in my post we can help you better. THere's a possibility that the data may not be seen until the HD is repaired enough to remove it using HD Diagnostic extended CD scan and Disk Check from installer/repair CD Command line. If it's not seen at all then sometimes after slaving it in another PC, Partition Wizard will see and repair the file system enough that data can be rescued.

I'd also change the cables.
Hi sorry about that, still using my tablet and not the easiest to navigate between posts when replying. When I try the copy paste with windows DVD I don't see the drive listed to be able to copy to. I will try the other methods but currently not able to burn a CD.
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