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Windows 7: unable to initialize Disk - because of an I/O error

04 Apr 2010   #21
T1NT1N

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Do you have any friends with XP or Vista computers that you could connect to to see it the files are accessable ? & could be move & saved to anoter drive?
hi docbrown,
i don't mind now to try format it, can i do it from my laptop? or i need another pc too?


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04 Apr 2010   #22
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by T1NT1N View Post
couldn't boot from it:



been like one month since the last time i used it (home PC) .. i am starting to think it is damaged now
It's possible, but I wouldn't jump to that conclusion just yet. The 250GB isn't listed in the boot device order. Does the BIOS recognize that drive on the information tab? That's the first tab when you enter the BIOS.

Man, I hate those Phoenix BIOS's that only have those 5 categories. They hardly leave you any options at all. And forget about trying to overclock...aint' gonna' happen with that BIOS. [Nevermind me, I'm just ranting...LOL]
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04 Apr 2010   #23
T1NT1N

seven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
It's possible, but I wouldn't jump to that conclusion just yet. The 250GB isn't listed in the boot device order. Does the BIOS recognize that drive on the information tab? That's the first tab when you enter the BIOS.

Man, I hate those Phoenix BIOS's that only have those 5 categories. They hardly leave you any options at all. And forget about trying to overclock...aint' gonna' happen with that BIOS. [Nevermind me, I'm just ranting...LOL]
no it isn't listed there, ithought u'd sleeping by now?
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04 Apr 2010   #24
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

When you connect the "new" drive to the PC, are you using the IDE connector and power molex (plug) from the PC? Don't try to use the laptop converters when you do this.

You also need to check the jumper position on the HDD in the PC. If it is set on "Cable Select" then this new drive must be on Cable Select. If the PC drive is set on Master then the new drive must be set on SLAVE.

If properly hooked up and the PC cannot still cannot see the new HDD then it is quite possible the drive is no good. I'm assuming you can hear the drive spin up when you power on?
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05 Apr 2010   #25
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
When you connect the "new" drive to the PC, are you using the IDE connector and power molex (plug) from the PC? Don't try to use the laptop converters when you do this.
If you read the OP, you'll see that the machine in question is a laptop, not a desktop.
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05 Apr 2010   #26
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
When you connect the "new" drive to the PC, are you using the IDE connector and power molex (plug) from the PC? Don't try to use the laptop converters when you do this.
If you read the OP, you'll see that the machine in question is a laptop, not a desktop.
He was later talking about testing the HDD on a PC he has (Post #19). But maybe I got confused.

That would be the best way to test it (on a PC). It would eliminate the dongle and power adapter as likely suspects and just see if the drive works.
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05 Apr 2010   #27
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

TVeblen,
Totally unrelated--ever hear of a famous philosopher named Thorsten Veblen, author of Theory of the Leisure Class
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05 Apr 2010   #28
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Try clicking offline (from your first image) and see if reactivate disk is available - see below
A dynamic disk may become Offline if it is corrupted or intermittently unavailable. A dynamic disk may also become Offline if you attempt to import a foreign (dynamic) disk and the import fails. An error icon appears on the Offline disk. Only dynamic disks display the Missing or Offline status.
To reactivate a dynamic disk by using the Windows interface
In Disk Management, right-click the disk marked Missing or Offline.
Click Reactivate Disk. The disk should be marked Online after the disk is reactivated.
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06 Apr 2010   #29
T1NT1N

seven
 
 

i will be doing more tests when i get back home, on my PC, and i will report back to you
thank you all for your help, really you have a great community here and nothing to envy to ubuntu community (unlike an idée reçue i had before)
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06 Apr 2010   #30
TVeblen

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
TVeblen,
Totally unrelated--ever hear of a famous philosopher named Thorsten Veblen, author of Theory of the Leisure Class
And obviously you have too!
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