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Where Did My Hard Drive Go??!


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#1 akatonbo

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 12:14 AM

Hi -- PLEASE HELP

This is my system:
HP d4100y 3GB PC2-4200 RAM
Win XP Home SP3
Phoenix Bios
Samsung SP1614 160GB HD (master)
Hitachi HDS722 2TB hard drive (slave)
Sony DVD-RW

Everything was running fine til today, then I didn't see my Hitachi 2nd hard drive listed at all in My Computer. It has been in use for several months without any trouble. I looked in the Setup when you turn the PC on and it says it is installed. The device manager also says it is there and working without trouble. But there is no way to access the drive, and shortcuts to items on that drive no longer work either. The Hitachi website has no drivers to load or update -- you just hook it up and the PC recognizes it.

Why would it just disappear?

Any help to get at my data, please!!?! :thumbsup:

Thanks!

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:43 AM

First thing...go to Disk Management, take a look. If the drive is reflected there, let us know if it reflects a "raw" or "unknown" file system.

Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for the response......

I don't see the drive listed there.

What should I do next? :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 08:29 PM

If the drive is properly connected and is not reflected in Disk Management at all...I would guess that it's not capable of working (or has not been formatted). The "not formatted" statement only applies to brand new hard drives, since formatting is what prepares a hard drive for use in Windows.

This is not an external drive, correct? The drive is attached directly to the motherboard?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 09:33 PM

Hi,

As I noted above, I have used it for several months without any trouble. But it doesn't show up in
Disk Management. It does show up in the Setup and Device Manager...and yes, it is internal, hooked
up to the mother board.

I have never seen this problem before. Any ideas?

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 01:47 AM

Yes, there is quite simple disabling this kind of things with ready to use hack programs and so on, i think youve been infected with some kind of worm!
I would try to help you my best, as i had this kind of problem a year back(Y)

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/{4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
4. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
5. Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
6. Quit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

Do this on your own risk, i do not wan't any replies telling that my registry advice crashed your computer or something.
Alternatively you could change to default registry if you got a XP cd-rom
but first test the thing i mentioned steps 1. - 6. and then reply :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:49 AM

Hi,

Thanks for the note...well there are 24 entries in the registry for what you specified.
Am I supposed to delete them ALL? Actually if it is a worm, I have tried a thorough scan
with several anti-virus programs and found nothing.
I must say I hesitate if deleting those entries might make the system crash...

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:07 AM

Then the other option is better :thumbsup:
Notice!
your program registry keys will be default, and every program you has installed probably has to be reinstalled.
but the Hdd error schould be gone, among with the old registry


This step are counted that you have an XP-cd rom or already got Recovery console installed as boot option when starting computer.

1. Put in your XP in cd drive when starting and press any key when prompted to start from cd
2. Choose "R" which is option which will lead you to "Windows XP recovery console"

From there, follow these steps. (Print this out) as there is alot info here:
After "R"
Type Your drive letter, which not is the hdd drive letter , its the Cd/dvd drive leter which in my case is D:\

you could easy get what number your drive are by typing
"cd system32"
"cd drivers" and then just type "map"

Now when you know your cd/dvd drive letter then continue by typing in:
d:\Windows
md tmp
copy c:\windows\system32\system c:\windows\tmp\system.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\software c:\windows\tmp\software.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\sam c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\security c:\windows\tmp\security.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\default c:\windows\tmp\default.bak

delete c:\windows\system32\config\system
delete c:\windows\system32\config\software
delete c:\windows\system32\config\sam
delete c:\windows\system32\config\security
delete c:\windows\system32\config\default

copy c:\windows\repair\system c:\windows\system32\config\system
copy c:\windows\repair\software c:\windows\system32\config\software
copy c:\windows\repair\sam c:\windows\system32\config\sam
copy c:\windows\repair\security c:\windows\system32\config\security
copy c:\windows\repair\default c:\windows\system32\config\default

then you could type:
chkdsk c: /p

After that run if its written "found a few errors on the disk volumes"
also run this command:
chkdsk c: /r

when its done type:
exit

your computer registry schould now be default, and every change made into it would be gone.

Edited by Pajajn, 21 April 2010 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:57 PM

Um...forgive me, but is there anything I might try before such
a nuclear option of wiping over 100GB of stuff of my main drive
in such a move? Like going back to a previous restore point or taking
out the slave drive, putting it in an internal to external hard drive
converter box and running a full virus/malware scan on it? Or
something else?

Thanks again




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