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As the topic says. I can't get it to show up in windows. First I put it into my new rig to get the data off of it. But I couldn't get windows to see it. So then I set my old rig back up to try it back the way it was. Still, windows doesn't see it. I can see it in bios. It just isn't seen in windows.

Use to be a master drive which is why I thought it didn't work in my new rig. But to have it not work in the my old one is just odd. Anyway I can get the data off of it without buying a program? I was hoping since I can see it in bios(edit dos) maybe there is a way to save it.
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post #2 of 12
o.O sounds like a bad drive to me. I've had a few that won't read in windows.

Do this for me, right click My Computer. Click Manage. Select Disk Management and see if it's listed there.
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is smart turned on? if so does it say that the hdd is bad? try windows diskmanager to see if it exists there (type disk in search then click dskmgmt)............ was typing this while above was posted
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post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Modki View Post
o.O sounds like a bad drive to me. I've had a few that won't read in windows.

Do this for me, right click My Computer. Click Manage. Select Disk Management and see if it's listed there.
I see it in disk manager. It says hd is not initialized. I try to initalize it and I get errors.

Why does this have to happen right before I try to back it up. No errors or anything before this point.
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If the BIOS recognizes it then Windows is having trouble recognizing the drive probably because it can't load the driver properly. Happened to me a couple of times, and it just involved loading the proper driver. Assuming you have everything set-up correctly, figure out which driver is causing the issue and reload it. I realize that that doesn't help you hunt down the specific driver, but if I knew I would tell you which one. Hopefully someone else will come along and let you know...
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post #6 of 12
try testing it with hd tach if it shows a serious dip

http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public...request=HdTach

also test with this hd speed for dips

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownloa...load-5671.html
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post #7 of 12
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If the BIOS recognizes it then Windows is having trouble recognizing the drive probably because it can't load the driver properly. Happened to me a couple of times, and it just involved loading the proper driver. Assuming you have everything set-up correctly, figure out which driver is causing the issue and reload it. I realize that that doesn't help you hunt down the specific driver, but if I knew I would tell you which one. Hopefully someone else will come along and let you know...
That lets me know that maybe there is a way. Which helps out a lot.

Ran HD Tach and there were 7 big dips. Running HD speed now and so far I have 1 error found. Doesn't say what that error is yet. Nor does HD speed list the hard drives by name so I'm only guessing that I'm testing the correct one.

Edit: Any hard drive restore programs that don't invovle formatting it first...
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post #8 of 12
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After doing a lot of research. It would seem a lot of my files are still on the hard drive. I've tried various different programs with no luck as of yet. My knowledge on the subject has increased even though I'm no closer to the solution than I was when I started. Tomorrow I'm going to try my luck running a few programs from dos to see if maybe I can make a copy from that.

Feel free to recommend any program that is good at data recoevery. I'm not trying to fix the drive. I can fix it by just formatting it and then initalizing it I think. It's not really worth paying for someone to fix it. The only reason why I haven't formatted yet is because I have a bit of free time right now. If I learn how to fix this problem now I will not have to relearn it when I might really need it in the future.

I have a copy of ERD around here somewhere. Just have to find where I stored it.
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post #9 of 12
Your HDD has to be fine if your BIOS recognizes it, so reformatting should work.
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post #10 of 12
Is it possible the jumpers are wrong or that the cable is faulty?
Was the old system NTFS like the new one or was it FAT32?
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