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Windows 7: Hard drive keeps disappearing

1 Week Ago   #11
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

Yes gets seen in the BIOS with no issues, on boot, here is a screenshot showing DM on the left with the drive in question called IMAGES but if you notice it does not have a letter next to it and on the right is windows explorer showing the drives in the system right now, after this posti will go into other OS and see what happens


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1 Week Ago   #12
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

One thing I noticed is that are a lot of disks mark as active. Active means MBR set to boot from the disk.
As the images disk isn't a boot able disk, you should mark it non active (also to all others disks without a OS)
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1 Week Ago   #13
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by svnfrms2r View Post
Had the same issue, the following worked for me.
If it is a USB drive, use USBoblivion first.

Take it offline in disk management, reboot, then take it online again, then give it another drive letter, (use USBoblivion), reboot again, then give it again your chosen drive letter.
Well for the hell of it i have done this and we will see what happens, thanks everyone so far for trying to help.


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1 Week Ago   #14
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

Well it was going well, until i rebooted and i'm back to having no E drive
Even changed drive letter and still goes missing after reboot
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1 Week Ago   #15
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

Well that didn't work either, i was abole to boot into true image with boot cd and able to create and check the image with no issues, before i check the cable etc, i have changed the drive letter from E to U to see if that makes any difference, if not I'll check the hardware cable etc and see what gives
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4 Days Ago   #16
svnfrms2r

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, updated monthly
 
 

One more thing came to mind. If there is more than one drive the same except the serial number, and the same goes for the enclosure/controller, then windows may drop additional similar drives and only work with one of those, except if you connect them as originally connected and with the same drive letters associated.
Happened to me after travels when connecting USB drives to the docking station and just plugged 1 into 2 and vice versa. One dropped, and no reboot or repeated drive letter assignment helped, only to swap the cables on one end to connect them as windows already knew from earlier connections.
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4 Days Ago   #17
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

What i don't understand is the system was working fine for years and then just gone funny.
When the drive goes missing i fire up DM and it's still there just without a letter


Considering pulling the plug and just starting from scratch right now


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4 Days Ago   #18
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Does BIOS and MBR have a finite number of partitions it can effectively work with? I thought I read somewhere BIOS and MBR does have a limit.
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4 Days Ago   #19
Alloneword

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate (Retail)
 
 

DOn't know but it has been working for well over 18 months so doubt it will be that i do have to alter some of the partitions as MH said too many that are active
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4 Days Ago   #20
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, my BIOS and MBR never complained (that I know of) when I have a C partition, a D partition, and four other tiny 1GB partitions for testing my ability to do first responder level data recovery :)
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