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So long story short, I was working on some cable management in my PC. However, when unplugging the PC I forgot to power it off, and realized that it was still in sleep mode. After finishing up and plugging back in the computer my hard drive wouldn't show up. We've switched the sata ports out, tested the cables, and even tested another HDD (which worked perfectly.) I'm almost positive that unplugging the PC when it was asleep has lead to some sort of corruption of the HDD. We've even tried to get the hdd to show up in linux and have still had no luck. I know it's not fried or anything because I didn't even touch it today while managing the cables....Anyone have a magic tool or solution to fix this, or am I SOL? mad.gif
post #2 of 12
I have never had an issue like that... I don't know how many times I unplug things while it is in a live environment. I have had once that it says there is an issue and then scans its self and then says all is fine

so I take it you have switched it all on and the drive is not picking up? have you looked in disk management to see if it might be off line ( I suspect it will be on if it is being picked up)
when you reboot the machine does it pickup in the post screen?
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Originally Posted by levontraut View Post

I have never had an issue like that... I don't know how many times I unplug things while it is in a live environment. I have had once that it says there is an issue and then scans its self and then says all is fine

so I take it you have switched it all on and the drive is not picking up? have you looked in disk management to see if it might be off line ( I suspect it will be on if it is being picked up)
when you reboot the machine does it pickup in the post screen?
Ive looked in disk management and it doesn't show up, and it doesn't show up on the post screen or in the bios.
post #4 of 12
What happens when you try diagnostics like MHDD and HDAT2?
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What happens when you try diagnostics like MHDD and HDAT2?
That would probably work great, however it's not able to be seen on any computer...
post #6 of 12
Obvious question... have you tried in another machine?

Also try removing the drive from the system and just plugging in power. do you feel the gyro effect of the hard drive spinning?
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Obvious question... have you tried in another machine?

Also try removing the drive from the system and just plugging in power. do you feel the gyro effect of the hard drive spinning?
Yes, I've tried the harddrive in another machine. The other machine wouldn't recognise it either. I'll have to do some other testing tomorrow to see if I can feel the spinning.
post #8 of 12
Hello there,

I'm sorry to say so, but the situation doesn't look that good. If the drive is not recognized in two different systems and not showing in BIOS... well it might have been damaged. I hope you have a backup.

I don't think that unplugging the PC while in sleep mode would cause this type of damage. You could get a damaged partition or something, but in this case the drive is absolutely missing. Maybe something got damaged while managing the cables.
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Hello there,

I'm sorry to say so, but the situation doesn't look that good. If the drive is not recognized in two different systems and not showing in BIOS... well it might have been damaged. I hope you have a backup.

I don't think that unplugging the PC while in sleep mode would cause this type of damage. You could get a damaged partition or something, but in this case the drive is absolutely missing. Maybe something got damaged while managing the cables.

To add onto this perhaps you can take a picture of the physical connections on the drive and post here. Maybe some sort of visible damage.
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To add onto this perhaps you can take a picture of the physical connections on the drive and post here. Maybe some sort of visible damage.
Are you asking to see my hard drive? Jeez, the least you could to is take me to dinner first tongue.gif I'll have pics up tonight when I get home:D I didn't see any physical damage, but maybe you guys will be able to.
Edited by Kitten - 10/20/14 at 9:31am
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