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Unreadable SATA Hard Drive... HELP!


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White Dragon

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Okay, here's the scoop...

I bought a SATA 400 GB WD hard drive a few months ago, ran it in my eMachines as the slave (used a IDE to SATA adaptor) and put all my important data on the HD.
Well, about a month ago it just stopped working on me. I was going through files on the drive and it froze up.

I thought I might have fried the adaptor, but I found out that's not the case as I bought a new motherboard with SATA plugs.

Now when I go into my computer, it's not there at all, I go to the computer management/disk management and it's not there. But when I go into the device manager it says it's there. When I go to the properties and go to volumes then click on populate, it says;
Disk: Disk 0
Type: Unknown
Status: Unreadable
Partition Style: Unknown

Now I've got months and months worth of work on there, stuff that I hadn't had the chance to back-up yet. Some of it I can replace, but there's over 40 GB of data that I could never replace.

Can someone please help me with my problem here???

Thanks, Nick
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. You can try running the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics program on the drive. Go to
http://forums.pcper....isplay.php?f=40 There is a sticky post at the top of the forum that has links to most hd manufacturer's diagnostics. Another possible option is Spinrite6 at http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. You can try running the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics program on the drive. Go to
http://forums.pcper....isplay.php?f=40 There is a sticky post at the top of the forum that has links to most hd manufacturer's diagnostics. Another possible option is Spinrite6 at http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

Well, I ran the WD diagnostics and this is what came up...

Test Option: QUICK TEST
Model Number: WDC WD4000KD-00NAB0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WMAMY1017563
Firmware Number: 01.06A01
Capacity: 400.09 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 11-Cable Test::Read diagnostics sector error!
Test Time: 15:55:15, October 21, 2006

I just want to be able to a. get the information off the drive and b. be able to use the drive again because I spent a lot of money on that drive.

Edited by White Dragon, 21 October 2006 - 06:52 PM.

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