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post #1 of 11
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I have a WD 1TB Caviar Black that I think is around 3 years old that I pulled from my old rig as a storage drive. I've never had problems with it until about 2-3 days ago.
Here's what happened, and what I did/currently doing to save/recover it

Symptoms:
1) Windows 7 gets stuck in "loading windows" screen for quite some time.


2) When the OS DOES Boot up, My computer shows the drive but does not have the volume bar on it; when clicking on it explorer.exe stops responding
The HDD has also lost its original Path - It was originally D: but when I plugged it back in it became F:

3)Drive F: is inaccessible. Parameter is incorrect
Is it truly dead? aaskull.gif

3) In Disk Manager it is seen as RAW partition with 100% used space, still inaccessible



What I tried to do:

1)Thought it was my system drive, did Recovery, Malware Bytes, and Repair. None of them detected anything
After unplugging my HDD, everything booted up like nothing happened

2) Partition Recovery wizard, nothing happened because apparently everything was already there

3) Put it in my old rig. IT WORKS!!! I have no Idea why. I put it in, add power and the SATA cable and it worked like nothing was happening. I was able to access my files normally.

4) bootsect.exe /nt60 all ---- Someone on tom's hardware suggested this. did absolutely nothing

5) Currently doing disk check with chkdsk F: /F /R /X
It says the volume is NTFS


Anyone know if this actually a dying HDD or is it something else?
And if it really is dead/dying what can I use to recover my data?
post #2 of 11
Try using Gparted live or Testdisk (I don't know how to use that one, but it can be used to rebuild partitions)- rebuild parition table, if you can.

You should be able to use defraggler to look at the drive information to see if there is a bad sector count or waiting to be reallocated. HD Sentinel also gives a readout for drive health, and can be used as trial software.

Sounds like it's bad, but it's hard to tell because it's unclear exactly what you did. Was it formerly a storage drive? Which drive is set as the boot drive? Is it a brand new system it's now in, and is it being used as a boot or storage in the new system?
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Originally Posted by silvergoat View Post

Try using Gparted live or Testdisk (I don't know how to use that one, but it can be used to rebuild partitions)- rebuild parition table, if you can.

You should be able to use defraggler to look at the drive information to see if there is a bad sector count or waiting to be reallocated. HD Sentinel also gives a readout for drive health, and can be used as trial software.

Sounds like it's bad, but it's hard to tell because it's unclear exactly what you did. Was it formerly a storage drive? Which drive is set as the boot drive? Is it a brand new system it's now in, and is it being used as a boot or storage in the new system?

This Drive has only been used almost exclusively as storage for personal files such as torrents and songs. The only thing that is considered to be a system file in there is the unpacked nVidia drivers I have which - in other websites- aren't exactly needed besides as backups.

As for the boot drive I use my SSD for it which in my system is C: and that is the only system drive I have. I've never done dual booting systems ever.

And yes it's new about only 7 months old, everything is new on it besides the RAM, and that HDD. The HDD I never reformatted for my new rig because it was working fine before. It's never been used as a boot drive ever, even on my old rig.

And I don't think I've ever really done anything to it the past few days the only thing I've done is install Hamachi and a "critical" windows update.
post #4 of 11
Running any drive intensive stuff could kill your disk. I would have first installed diagnostic tools or any tools that read S.M.A.R.T. data to determine if the drive was failing and if I needed to start moving data from it. If I was unable to do that, then I would have tried to rebuild the partition table with Gparted Live......if that didn't work, then I would look for data recovery software if the data was important.
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I don't exactly know how to properly analyze the prompts given by Test Disk, but here's what I've got:
post #6 of 11
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I don't exactly know how to properly analyze the prompts given by Test Disk, but here's what I've got:
My new prompt is this:

This should be a Primary partition only am i correct?
post #7 of 11
It should be- but I'm not an expert on testdisk-

Look for a youtube tutorial
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post #8 of 11
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Ok, I'm going to use Gparted Live then. Going to see if it works.
post #9 of 11
None of my WD blacks have ever lasted longer than 1.5 years. I can only assume yours is at it's end. However you should try to diagnose it. For example, I recently used a program called AS SSD benchmark that showed normal HD's whether they were missaligned or not. Also, was the w7 a fresh install or old install? Is your mobo sata ports on IDE mode or AHCI mode? Maybe reinstall w7 and see if it helps. Maybe it's your main OS HD that's gone bad.
post #10 of 11
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I have attempted to rebuild my partition now using both Disk Check and Gparted Live, and both of them claim to have successfully completed it.

However Gparted indicated that the drive has a bad sector and recommended that I run a disk check.

I have run disk check once with the following commandchkdsk F: /F /R /X while in Windows RE and it has also claimed to have fixed the sector. However i'm still having the problem.

I'm going to run it again once I get home

What disk diagnostics program you recommend that I can use? I tried using the "disk doctor" addon for Advanced SystemCare but when I prompt it the Drive deosn't even show up in the list.
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