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Please i need an urgent advice on what to do to my system's hard disk?

By bunmiabu ·
my laptop fell off to the ground and then when i turned it on it couldnt detect the hard disk. but then i removed it and refixed it thinking it was a shake but it still didnt detect the hard drive.But when i connected the drive externally to other system, it was detected as an external storage drive with all my files still intact.Also when i inserted another system's drive into my system it detected it and booted into windows environment but when i replaced my hard drive into my laptop it still couldnt detect it.please i need a solution to this problem.Kindly provide me a solution

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Fractured Connector or PCB

by TheChas In reply to Please i need an urgent a ...

I suspect that if you examine your hard drive under magnification you will find that either the connectors or the circuit board have fractures.

The reason the drive works with the external adapter is that there is no physical stress on the board or connector like there is when it is mounted in the laptop.

Chas

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Fractured Connector or PC ...

By your description I was going to say what Chas said, but I was thinking if this is a SATA drive the motherboard connector got munged. That would fit the symptoms -

A) Works external
B) Swapping devices doesn't seem to work internal

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Fractured Connector or PC ...

Doh it would help if I drank more coffee... What Chas said fits all the criteria as you did say the laptop worked with another drive! Ignore previous rambling...

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If what Chas indicated is the case ...

by bobc4012 In reply to Please i need an urgent a ...

If what Chas indicated is the case, you could get an external HD case, place the HD in and plug it into a USB port (assuming it will read the HD and your lap-top can boot from a USB drive) and run it that way. If not able to boot from a USB device, you could get a recovery CD (typically Linux based) and get a new HD and copy the old HD (using the external HD case) and "clone" the old HD to the new HD.

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I Agree with Chas

by BlakwidowRSA In reply to Please i need an urgent a ...

I used to work in the Support sector and that has happened.Use a magnifying glass and look for possible cracks.It might be difficult to see them,But you'll be able to confirm the fault/break if you spot them.

If that's the case send it in for repair,or if your brave replace/solder a new sata connector.

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by Charles Bundy In reply to I Agree with Chas

If it is a cold solder fracture I wonder if a little heat gun reflow would fix it :)

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by TheChas In reply to I Agree with Chas

Not a heat gun, but a very fine and well regulated soldering iron.

If you have good soldering skills, a steady hand, and the correct type of solder, you can reflow the solder connections. Too much heat, solder or flux can make things worse. Too large a tip on the solder iron will cause solder shorts.

Chas

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by Charles Bundy In reply to I Agree with Chas

My bad I assumed a SM connector!

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Replace the drive

by IronCanadian In reply to Please i need an urgent a ...

I would strongly recommend replacing the drive as soon as you can. Although it may appear to be fully functional at this time, on an external connection, you have no idea how damaged it may be. Unless you are willing to lose your data?

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by Charles Bundy In reply to Replace the drive

BTW my comment concerning reflow is more tinkering than geared towards operational readiness. Fe is spot on about the value you place on your data. Go forth and replace...

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