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    lightshow's Avatar Asleep at the wheel
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    Hello everyone.

    I just had one of my hard drives die. I wake up in the morning to see the message
    "Delay write failed" from Windows XP (I have system restore on).

    So I check my E: hard drive (120 GB Maxtor NTFS Formatted) and I got this message:

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/4...essibleox7.jpg

    I noticed that the name I gave my drive (Aria) is now gone and it is called Local Disk

    http://img250.imageshack.us/img250/3262/image1yx8.jpg

    So I right click the drive and check its properties.. it is now RAW
    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/3169/image2gr9.jpg

    So I think, great, now I'm going to have to re-format it. So I open up the computer
    management thing in Admin Tools in XP

    http://img66.imageshack.us/img66/401...tnotlisth8.jpg

    But I find that it doesn't even detect the hard drive...hmm
    Based on other hard drives that fail I can usually see them here and just re-format the thing, but it
    doesn't even show up.


    So I turned off the computer and checked the physcial connection and it is fine.

    So why does it show up in my computer as a drive, but not in computer management.


    When I get some time, I'm going to pull it out, put it in a usb enclosure and try to see
    if I can get it detected that way.

    I need to get a ntfs recovery piece of software before I format it again though.



    My question to you guys/girls is why did it show up in my computer, but not the
    computer management control panel?
    I miss the days of random nut '03
    Click for more activation options, then activate by telephone. Run the keygen.
    if I call them, aren't they going to get me? (you know, down there)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightshow View Post
    My question to you guys/girls is why did it show up in my computer, but not the
    computer management control panel?
    Who knows...Windows is stupid.
    Reboot, go to the Add Hardware applet in Device Manager and see if you can initialize the disk from there.
    Is this drive IDE or SATA?
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    last time my drive missing it was the bad cable.

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    lightshow's Avatar Asleep at the wheel
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    So I took the drive out and put it in a usb enclosure. Drive is IDE

    I hooked it up and plugged it into my machine.



    I get the error that it won't start the device.

    So that means that my hard drive won't spin up. Does that mean it's totally dead? Any other ideas?

    Think I should try getting Partition Magic and see if that will see it as a drive?
    Last edited by lightshow; 02-28-2007 at 03:08 AM.
    I miss the days of random nut '03
    Click for more activation options, then activate by telephone. Run the keygen.
    if I call them, aren't they going to get me? (you know, down there)

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightshow View Post
    So that means that my hard drive won't spin up. Does that mean it's totally dead? Any other ideas?

    Think I should try getting Partition Magic and see if that will see it as a drive?
    Don't bother.
    At this point your easiest and most definitive test would be to slave the drive into another known good PC and see what happened.
    If it still refuses to cooperate, the drive is dead.
    After a short period of mourning, replace the bastard.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    lightshow's Avatar Asleep at the wheel
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    Your right. I just placed an order for a new 250GB drive that I found a deal on.

    It's going to be sad to see it go though. Sadly that one little square magnetic box held all my music and some other personal data.

    I'll give it a proper funeral...I know I have a large magnet and a sledge hammer in the basement...

    goodbye...my friend...

    my dear aria...
    I miss the days of random nut '03
    Click for more activation options, then activate by telephone. Run the keygen.
    if I call them, aren't they going to get me? (you know, down there)

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    What drive did you choose?

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    lightshow's Avatar Asleep at the wheel
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    I got a Western Digital 250 GB SataII

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive
    Though I don't blame the drive for failing. It has had really heavy use in the past. Like going from half full to full and back and forth for many months.
    I miss the days of random nut '03
    Click for more activation options, then activate by telephone. Run the keygen.
    if I call them, aren't they going to get me? (you know, down there)

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