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Windows 7: WD laptop HDD not loading

02 Mar 2017   #1

win 8.1 64 bit
WD laptop HDD not loading


My WD hdd (model - WD3200BEVT) is not loading. My Dell laptop broke few months back post which I decided to take out the hard drive and make it external to transfer data.

I am facing below issues randomly.

1. Disk mgmt shows Dynamic disk 1 not initialized.
2. Disk mgmt shows disk 1 unknown not initialized.
3. At times it shows the capacity of hdd and at times it shows 0 GB.
4. The disk runs but then it makes clicking noise and runs again.

I have tried few things per the old threads I have seen.

1. Tried scanning the disk (whenever it gets detected) with minitool partition wizard but it just keeps scanning and nothing shows up.
2. Tried easy recovery software but same result as above.
3. Tried testdisk and it does show that it has 3 partitions but that's it...
4. Tried photorec but doesn't recover anything from the disk
5. I have tried WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

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02 Mar 2017   #2

win 8.1 64 bit

I have attached word document which has screenshots and log of WD scan output. I would really appreciate if this can be looked at.

Thank You!

Attached Files
File Type: docx WD screenshots.docx (153.0 KB, 6 views)
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03 Mar 2017   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Welcome to our forum prashantsbhatia.

First off, how did you hook up the drive externally?

Reason being, if the drive is getting less than needed voltage you will get that ticking. The drive is trying to work but can't because of low voltage.

Use this tutorial by Golden so we can see things.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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03 Mar 2017   #4

win 8.1 64 bit

Thank You for your response Layback Bear, I am connecting it via usb to sata external casing. I have used two different casings and both give out same results as posted in my earlier post with screenshots.

Nevertheless, I shall attach the screenshot per your request and shall go from there.

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03 Mar 2017   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi Prashant S Bhatia,

If your system is a 64bit system, then download bootice 64bit version BOOTICEx64 v1.332 from here 【BOOTICE v1.3.3.2: 功能强大的启动维护工具】-子逸轩 The downloaded file : BOOTICEx64_v1.332.rar

Create a folder named Bootice64 on your C drive and extract the BOOTICEx64_v1.332.rar file into it. That folder will then contain the single BOOTICEx64.exe which you will run.

Caution: Remove all other external drives and flash drives from your system so that you do not perform the operation outlined here on a wrong drive.

Plugin only your external casing with the Dynamic Disk in it and then run bootice.

Select your external drive, and click on Sector Edit. Post the screenshot of sector 0. After taking the screenshot close that Window and then exit bootice.

On Bootice for info: My post #7 here : Lost partitions!

Screenshot: How to Use the Snipping Tool in Vista

Upload: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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03 Mar 2017   #6

win 8.1 64 bit

Hello Jumanji,

I have attached the screenshots per your request in the .docx file which I am uploading with this post. Also, It consists the screenshot requested by Lay Bear...

Do let me know how to proceed. Thanks!

Attached Files
File Type: docx Screenshots.docx (106.8 KB, 6 views)
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03 Mar 2017   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Please do not put the screenshots in a word file. Upload the screenshots as jpg or png directly to Sevenforums and attach those.
Upload: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

It will at once be visible in the post itself as below.

WD laptop HDD not loading-03-03-2017-21-04-30.jpg

Now in your screenshot row 01C0, 01D0, 01E0, 01F0 Column 02 all the four fields are 42. You have to change it to 07 and save it. ( Zero Seven)

Run bootice and select your correct drive ( As already told have only the dynamic Disk external connected. Make sure you do not select your system drive) Click on sector Edit and your sector 0 window opens.

Click on digit 4. It will start flashing. Type 0. Now the next digit 2 will start flashing. Type 7.

Do the same for the other three 42 and change it to 07

So then, all 42 will be 07 as shown in the screenshot below.

Make sure that you do not make any change to other preceding and succeeding fields or any other field..

Close the sector edit Window. You will be asked whether to save changes to the disk. Click on Yes to save.

Exit bootice.

WD laptop HDD not loading-03-03-2017-21-16-06.jpg

Shut down your PC and then boot again.

Are you now able to access the drive?

If not post a fresh screenshot of Windows Disk Management. You may need to bring it online or assign drive letters or you may need to do a Partition Recovery. Windows Disk Management screenshot will tell us. Let us see how it goes.

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03 Mar 2017   #8

win 8.1 64 bit

No change after I made the changes per your post (screenshot attached of disk mgmt). But, when I re-open the bootice, the changes are reverted back to 42 in all four rows as it were before.

I am going to give it one more try and restart my system to see if I am lucky this time. Keep you posted...

Any clues why it does that?
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03 Mar 2017   #9

win 8.1 64 bit

Attachment attached...I must also add that the information keeps changing from Disk 1 Dynamic to Disk 1 Unknown to Disk 1's random.

Just restarted and this time, that setting has got saved. Not sure if it will sustain...but yeah not much change as I am not able to access the drive.

Attached Thumbnails
WD laptop HDD not loading-capture.png  
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03 Mar 2017   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Good day prashantsbhatia.
Please follow jumanji instructions as you have been. He is the expert on such matters. I will sit back and watch.

I still have a concern about the ticking noise from your drive.

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