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Hard Drive Vanishes After Power Loss


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#1 ch33zer

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:06 PM

Today I left my computer on when I went to school. We are trying to sell our house and had a showing, so my mom yanks the power cord out of the wall to hide it. Now, my internal 1 TB drive doesn't show up anywhere. Not in my computer. Not in Device Manager. It is just gone. It was working perfectly until this happened. Please help. I need the data on this hard drive. Computer is a widows 7 desktop.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:15 PM

Is the 1 TB drive a secondary drive? Also is the drive making any noise at all?
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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:18 PM

Yep. It is the secondary. And no, it is not making any noise.

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 02:32 PM

Well after researching a few things I have found that it is more than likely the hard drive is dead. But just to make sure what is the drive manufacturer?
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Posted 29 April 2010 - 07:39 PM

Alright, I just did a little more research. I went into the bios, and on the port that the HD is plugged into, it lists the device ID as unknown, whereas previously, it was listed. Can anyone give me any tips on possibly getting this thing back up? It had all my school work from high school and college, as well as financial and personal things. Is anything recoverable?

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 07:42 PM

Yes there is a lot if not all of your files can be recovered if you want to drop some serious money to send it to a data recovery shop.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:43 PM

I would really prefer not to throw a lot of money at this if at all possible. I just tried a few things, unplugging the drive, blowing the dust out. Nothing is working. I also checked the model of the drive, and it is a Seagate Barracuda 1TB. Any alternatives to data recovery places?

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 02:59 PM

Ok let us try this: Go here--> http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?loca...000dd04090aRCRD and download seatools for windows and scan the drive and see if it can detect it but I doubt it will be able to. But you never know until you try.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 03:41 PM

nothin. I am gonna try loading it into an external enclosure. Will report back.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 04:15 PM

You've tried connecting the drive...on a different system?

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 11:09 PM

Yeah, I just tried it. Other computer did the exact same thing. The BIOS recognizes something is there but can't get any info from it, or so I think. Also, the drive does spin up, but then it just reads stops for a long time before saying that nothing is connected (This is in the BIOS mind you). Still have to try that external enclosure. What do you think the chances are that it will work.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 06:59 AM

if it spins up and then sounds like it is reading for a bit and then stops that is usually a characteristic of a bad drive in my experience, and I take hard drives apart that are broken so I would know. :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 07:57 AM

I think your next choice is to look at data recovery tools or shops.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 08:11 AM

Yep he is right Where do you live? and i will take a look for some in your area. :thumbsup:
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