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HDD not picking up in Windows

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Grrimm, Oct 5, 2017.

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  1. Grrimm

    Grrimm Thread Starter

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    Hi, I'm busy trying to repair someones hdd, it appears that the OS was corrupt so I hooked it up as an external to my laptop.
    Its not picking up in my windows, it does however show in disk management but am unable to initialize disk, it gives a data error (cyclic redundancy check)

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  2. DavisMcCarn

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    A CRC error indicates that the drive has failed (period). You need to get a like sized drive and sector clone the failing one to it in order to get away from the bad hardware.
     
  3. Grrimm

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    How do I do that?
     
  4. DavisMcCarn

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    Its way easier and much faster using a desktop with the failing drive and the target attached using SATA ports to the second and third ports. You can then boot the PC's original drive and use any decent cloning utility to perform a physical copy of one drive to the other.
    Rawcopy works fine (again, choosing the physical devices) even though it doesn't give you much of a report when its done.
    http://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=22
    Afterwards, if the copy was mostly successful, run CHKDSK on the copy (NOT CHKDSK /R, ever!).
     
  5. Grrimm

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    The drive says no volume, and unknown. Also the drive does not show in windows so I won't be able to run a chkdsk as it has no drive letter assigned, cannot assign drive letter, because no volume.
     
  6. Grrimm

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    I tried downloading that software but gave an error, think its only for windows 98/Me/XP
     
  7. DavisMcCarn

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    Grrimm,
    You may find that things behave entirely differently once you have cloned (photocopied) the failing drive to one which is not failing.
    Did you notice that I have been doing this for 41 years and that includes over 10,000 data recoveries?
     
  8. Grrimm

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    This is the error I got when trying to install the RawCopy software
     
  9. DavisMcCarn

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    Its also available as a standalone executable; but, its telling you to right click on the installer and choose Run as Administrator so it can install.
     
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