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Is my hard drive dead?


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#1 slyblackdragon

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 01:56 PM

Hi there. The computer I use has two hard drives in it with the larger on set to "slave" which I store most of my data on. I am having some issues with this computer and was going to reformat my C:. As usual I was going to back up my data on the slave drive and just go from there, but my computer displayed this message when I tried to access it: "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" Of course I clicked no because I would surely lose everything then. Following some advice I found elsewhere I tried to run CHKDSK on it by right clicking and going to properties. It took a considerably long time before the menu would even open when selecting the D drive. After running CHKDSK from the menu, nothing happened. No message popped up to tell me if it fixed the problem or anything like that. Also, if I look at the properties for it, it has it listed as "0 bytes" for the capacity.

I really hope this thing isn't dead. I have most of my important photos and such backed up online, but I really don't want to have to buy a new hard drive.

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 02:44 PM

If your D [slave] drive was working right & you were able to use it & you now get a message that it's not formatted there is a very strong possibility that it has failed.

At this point you probably aren't going to be able to rescue your data from it :thumbsup:

I suggest you try to format it.

If it won't format then it is tome to replace it.
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Posted 06 March 2009 - 02:03 AM

Really? That's lame. Sad thing is it gave me no warning.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:34 AM

Depending of what kind of issue you are having with the C: drive the inability to read the D: drive could be related to the C: drive. I would install the D: drive in another computer to see if it is recognized there before coming to any conclusions.

Is this drive seen in the BIOS?

What does the Disk Management show for the drive?

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 03:59 AM

Depending of what kind of issue you are having with the C: drive the inability to read the D: drive could be related to the C: drive. I would install the D: drive in another computer to see if it is recognized there before coming to any conclusions.

Is this drive seen in the BIOS?

What does the Disk Management show for the drive?


I don't know how access BIOS, but under Disk Management my D: shows up and is listed as "Healthy". This computer is really crapping out on my lately.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:10 AM

Try running chkdsk on the D: drive.

Go to Start and click on My Computer.

Right click on the drive in which you want chkdsk to run. The C: drive is usually contains your operating system.

Click on Properties and click the Tools tab. In the Error-checking box, click the Check Now button.

Set up the Check Disk options by checking one or both check boxes displayed.

To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors, and then click Start.

To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, and then click Start.

You may get a message asking if you would like to restart the computer to start the scan, click on yes.

Manually run Chkdsk

Start> Run and type in chkdsk /r (please notice the space between the k and the/) and then click on OK.

A black page with white printing will appear, type in Y, and click on Enter key.

Chkdsk will run when the computer restarts.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:18 AM

Try running chkdsk on the D: drive.

Go to Start and click on My Computer.

Right click on the drive in which you want chkdsk to run. The C: drive is usually contains your operating system.

Click on Properties and click the Tools tab. In the Error-checking box, click the Check Now button.

Set up the Check Disk options by checking one or both check boxes displayed.

To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors, and then click Start.

To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, and then click Start.

You may get a message asking if you would like to restart the computer to start the scan, click on yes.

Manually run Chkdsk

Start> Run and type in chkdsk /r (please notice the space between the k and the/) and then click on OK.

A black page with white printing will appear, type in Y, and click on Enter key.

Chkdsk will run when the computer restarts.


If I try to run CHKDSK by right clicking on the D: , I can go through the necessary steps to get it to run, but nothing happens. No messages, errors, anything.

If I try and run in manually, it tries to scan the C: and I don't know how to tell it to run on the D:.

I tried doing it by Start>Run, typing "cmd" then D: and got the following message "Data error (cyclic redundancy check)

Edited by slyblackdragon, 06 March 2009 - 04:22 AM.


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Posted 06 March 2009 - 04:26 AM

Try the manual method entering chkdks D: /r

By the way, you don't need to add the quotation from the previous post. The only time that it is useful is if there is a specific reference that you wish to address, or if the post you are replying to is separated from the post you are making in which case this lets others know that you reply was intended for that specific post.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 05:20 AM

CHKDSK ran manually that time, but froze at 69 percent. I am going to run it again and let it go while a sleep and see what happens.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 05:24 AM

I would also suggest that you go to the hdd manufacturer's web site and download their diagnostic tool, burn it to a disk and boot from it.

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