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Ok so I'll start off by saying I am not a wizard when it comes too the insides of a computer so please bare with me if I do not understand something =D

 

I have 2 HDD in my Desktop PC.

 

Windows 8 / 8.1 is installed on my C: (SATA) (Only OS & Programs are installed on this HDD... Fruit Loops, League of Legends programs like that)

 

My E: HDD is IDE and is the HDD that is no longer visible.

 

E: is 160GB IDE Hitachi Deskstar (Worked perfectly ever since i've had it)

 

E: Does not show up in Bios/Disk Management

 

I have run CHKDSK on  E: (Cannot access volume)

 

Please help, My entire sample library is on this HDD and even if i cannot rescue the HDD, At the very least I'd like to be able to save some of the files.

 


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:welcome:   GetRekt,

 

Acknowledged that E: is not seen in the BIOS etc but in any event can you post an expanded screenshot of Disk Manager which you can access by pressing the WIN and X keys together on your keyboard, alternatively from Windows 8.1 update you can right-click with the mouse or stylus on the Start button to bring up the menu. 
 
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It only shows my C:

I restarted just a minute ago and fiddling with my wires inside my pc, changing all the power connections to the drive and no joy, still wont show even in Bios.

Screen shot as requested.

 

 

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Also thank you for replying, I thought there was no hope =D


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Thanks for the additional information  :thumbsup:

 

Indeed there is only the C: drive showing and alarmingly it is so low on free storage space that you are at risk of this drive also failing, when a drive has the OS on it you must have between 20 and 25% of the HDDs overall storage capacity available as free space so as to avoid data corruption and in extreme cases the HDD will mechanically fail, free up about 14GB of space asap.

 

If your E: drive was also as full it would explain the loss of the drive, sort the space on the C: drive and address the E: drive when the C: is healthy please.

 

You are welcome btw  :)


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I will free up some space on the C: now, My E: was very full too. I didn't know filling it right up was a problem. =[


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Ok I have 18GB free on C: 

No longer red lined.

Let's move forward!


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Try running R-studio that will give you all your drives and you shoud be able to recover what you have lost.

 

If you dont know how to use it,just google it hope i helped!


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Four options for attempting to access the data on the HDD;

1: Puppy Linux (details below).

2: Removing the HDD and trying either a USB HDD enclosure or adapter.

3: Trying an IDE to SATA adapter.

4: Fitting the HDD into another computer.

 

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***Required Hardware*** 

CD Burner (CDRW) Drive, 

Blank CD, 

Extra Storage Device (USB Flash Drive, External Hard Drive)

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1. Save these files to your Desktop/Burn Your Live CD:

  • Download Latest Puppy Linux ISO (i.e.: lupu-528.iso) 

     

    Download BurnCDCC ISO Burning Software 

     

    There are instructions on how to boot from flash drive with puppy here; http://www.pendrivel...e-from-windows/ 

     

     

     


  • Open BurnCDCC with Windows Explorer 

     

     


  • Extract All files to a location you can remember 

     

     


  • Double Click 1%20BurnCDCC%20Icon.PNGBurnCDCC 

     

     


  • Click Browse 2%20BurnCDCC%20Browse%20Button.PNG and navigate to the Puppy Linux ISO file you just downloaded 

     

     


  • Open/Double Click that file 

     

    IMPORTANT: Adjust the speed bar to CD: 4x DVD: 1x 

     


  • Click Start 3%20BurnCDCC%20Start%20Button.PNG 

     

     


  • Your CD Burner Tray will open automatically 

     

     


  • Insert a blank CD and close the tray 

     

     


  • Click OK 

     

     


Puppy Linux Live CD will now be created

 

 

2. Set your boot priority in the BIOS to CD-ROM first, Hard Drive Second 

 

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  • Start the computer/press the power button 

     

     


  • Immediately start tapping the appropriate key to enter the BIOS, aka "Setup" 

     

    (Usually shown during the "Dell" screen, or "Gateway" Screen) 

     


  • Once in the BIOS, under Advanced BIOS Options change boot priority to: 

     

    CD-ROM 1st, Hard Drive 2nd 

     


  • Open your ROM drive and insert the disk 

     

     


  • Press F10 to save and exit 

     

     


  • Agree with "Y" to continue 

     

     


  • Your computer will restart and boot from the Puppy Linux Live CD 

     

     

    4%20BIOSBootPriorityImage.png 

     


 

 

 

 

3.  Recover Your Data 

 

  • Once Puppy Linux has loaded, it is actually running in your computer's Memory (RAM).  You will see a fully functioning Graphical User Interface similar to what you normally call "your computer".  Internet access may or may not be available depending on your machine, so it is recommended you print these instructions before beginning.  Also, double clicking is not needed in Puppy.  To expand, or open folders/icons, just click once.  Puppy is very light on resources, so you will quickly notice it is much speedier than you are used to.  This is normal.  Ready?  Let's get started. 

     

     

    3a. Mount Drives 

     


  • Click the Mount Icon located at the top left of your desktop. 5%20Puppy%20Linux%20Mount%20Icon.PNG 

     

     


  • A Window will open.  By default, the "drive" tab will be forward/highlighted.  Click on Mount for your hard drive. 

     

     


  • Assuming you only have one hard drive and/or partition, there may be only one selection to mount. 

     

     


  • USB Flash Drives usually automatically mount upon boot, but click the "usbdrv" tab and make sure it is mounted. 

     

     


  • If using an external hard drive for the data recovery, do this under the "drive" tab.  Mount it now. 

     

     


 

 

3b. Transfer Files.

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  • At the bottom left of your desktop a list of all hard drives/partitions, USB Drives, and Optical Drives are listed with a familiar looking hard drive icon. 

     

     


  • Open your old hard drive i.e. sda1 

     

     


  • Next, open your USB Flash Drive or External Drive. i.e. sdc or sdb1 

     

     


  • If you open the wrong drive, simply X out at the top right corner of the window that opens. (Just like in Windows) 

     

     


  • From your old hard drive, drag and drop whatever files/folders you wish to transfer to your USB Drive's Window. 

     

     


 

 

For The Novice:  The common path to your pictures, music, video, and documents folders is: Documents and Settings >> All Users (or each idividual name of each user. CHECK All Names!) >> Documents >> You will now see My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos

 

Remember to only click once!  No double clicking!  Once you drag and drop your first folder, you will notice a small menu will appear giving you the option to move or copy.  Choose COPY each time you drag and drop. 

 

YOU ARE DONE!!!  Simply click Menu >> Mouse Over Shutdown >> Reboot/Turn Off Computer.  Be sure to plug your USB Drive into another working windows machine to verify all data is there and transferred without corruption. Congratulations! 

 

 

 

PuppyLinux528screenshot.png 

 


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