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

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

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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    TheChas

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    bobc4012

    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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    BlakwidowRSA

    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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    Charles Bundy

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

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    TheChas

    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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    Charles Bundy

    My bad I assumed a SM connector!

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    IronCanadian

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    oldbaritone

    Replace the drive with a new one. Reinstall the operating system on the new drive. Then plug the old drive in as an external drive, and use the Windows Migration tools to copy your data to the new drive.

    Do it soon; if the old drive is as "sick" as it sounds, it probably won't last long. Get your important data copied off before it fails completely.

    Edit: Since you said "when i inserted another system's drive into my system it detected it and booted into windows environment" it sounds to me like your system is OK, and the old drive is what was damaged in the fall.

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    TheChas

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    bobc4012

    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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    BlakwidowRSA

    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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    Charles Bundy

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

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    TheChas

    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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    Charles Bundy

    My bad I assumed a SM connector!

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    IronCanadian

    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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    Charles Bundy

    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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    oldbaritone

    Replace the drive with a new one. Reinstall the operating system on the new drive. Then plug the old drive in as an external drive, and use the Windows Migration tools to copy your data to the new drive.

    Do it soon; if the old drive is as "sick" as it sounds, it probably won't last long. Get your important data copied off before it fails completely.

    Edit: Since you said "when i inserted another system's drive into my system it detected it and booted into windows environment" it sounds to me like your system is OK, and the old drive is what was damaged in the fall.