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I was using a WD Raptor to run windows for about 5 years. I also have 2 other hard drives for storage and some apps - 500gb seagate barracuda, 640gb wd cavair black. One day out of the blue my raptor doesnt boot windows.

I've tried recovering it, didnt work, i tried re-installing windows, but it refused to format. I beleive the drive is toast.

I finally got a new hard drive in to install windows on.
It is working, however when i booted up with my other 2 drives, one of them is not showing up in the bios (the cavair black which i recently bought).

I dont know what to do please help! How could 2 separate drives fail at the same time, and not the third? The secondary hard drive was somewhat important to me as it had everything backed up on it.
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post #2 of 11
Thread Starter 
help?
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post #3 of 11
I suggest you RMA your hard drives immediately.
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post #4 of 11
or google data recovery.
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post #5 of 11
do you have another pc to put them in to see what happens with them? Some times disconnecting the power from pc completely for like 30sec and then turning it back on helps. Plus listen to the hds as they spin up...if they double click and get quite its prob dead.
 
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post #6 of 11
Have you tried Recuva?
Always works with me.

The drives that are not showing up on BIOS may be a lost cause, try it in different ports and see if you get any luck.
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post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all your replies.
I did hear the click click then stop of my main hard drive.

I do not have another pc to connect to.

If the drive is dead, there is nothing you can do to get data from it?

This is sad. My main hd, and my backup storage hd both die at the same time? i bought them 3 years apart. meanwhile my junk hd lives?!!?

I need to look into the possibility of an RMA. THIS SUCKS!
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post #8 of 11
Main HD dying isn't a big surprise, that Caviar Black though...
Probably just another one of those bad QC things.

Also, LilChris didn't suggest connecting to a different PC but to try connecting it to a different port(s) on the same PC.

If you got no free ones then swap them around and see if it'll come back.

Worst case scenario you go to one of your mate's house and try it.
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post #9 of 11
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I just cant figure out what could have possibly caused them both to fail at the same time... and not the barracuda.
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post #10 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by vetta2000 View Post
If the drive is dead, there is nothing you can do to get data from it?
A couple of articles you might find useful.

http://www.wikihow.com/Recover-a-Dead-Hard-Disk
http://www.wikihow.com/Swap-Hard-Disk-Drive-Platters
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