hard drive hdd not being recognized

By mikejamal ·
so my laptop crashed [dell d610](mere days before a paper im working on is due, of course). im getting a"no bootable devices" error at startup.

i removed the hard drive [hitachi 60gb travelstar] and hooked it up to USB with a sata connector to my other laptop [toshiba m205], but its not recognizing the drive. it shows it in the plug/play and device manager as a "disk drive" and in the system tools storage management as "hard drive: unreadable".

any ideas? i can feel it running, its getting power and everything. thats basically all ive tried (havent tried the old freezer thing orthe taking it apart and splicing 2 hard drives...think i'll exhaust the sensible options, first).

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What operating system software are you running?...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to hard drive hdd not being ...

I:E, Windows, Linux, Snow Leopard (Apple Mac)?

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by mikejamal In reply to What operating system sof ...

xp on the dell that died, vista on the toshiba that im trying to fix it on

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That could be part of the problem

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to OS

As Vista has added Security which can not recognize some very early XP Partitions.

If the Dell didn't have XP SP2 as the first copy of XP installed Vista will not recognize the Partition Tables on that drive.

You may wish to try a Live Linux which can read all Partition Types and not affect your installed OS or you could even run it on the Dell. They run off a CD/DVD depending on which one you get and run in RAM so they Do Not affect anything on the HDD. You can download a copy by following the links here


Or you can go to your local Newsagent and buy a Linux Mag with a Live Linux on the Cover Disc and do whatever from there.


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You need to test the drive with Hitachi's Testing Utility

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to hard drive hdd not being ...

It's called Drive Fitness Tester and is available here


Grab the DOS version and replace it into your original NB and test it. If it fails that test remove it and test on the second NB. If it still fails the test the Drive is dead and gone to Silicon Heaven so you really need a Data Recovery House to recover the data and it's not going to be cheap.

If the drive works but the Data is Important you should still send it to a Professional Data Recovery House as the more that you mess with it the more expensive and less likely it will be to get a full recovery of the Data.

However if it would just be nice to recover some data you can throw one of the many Data Recovery Applications at it.

Here is a short list of the better ones but it is by no means a complete list of all the available software.














While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered for use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.


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This may not help but

by zlitocook In reply to hard drive hdd not being ...

One of my favorite tools is UBCD4WIN
It runs from memory and the CD not the hard drive. It will in most instances see a hard drive that can not be seen by the BIOS. It also has great tools to help you clean, defrag and delete/rebuild the MBR.
If your computer has a virus/malware infection it will help you remove it. I am sure there are great articles here on it.
One tip use a USB drive and connect it before booting to the CD. The UBCD will see it as a drive and allow you to copy your files to it.
I have used this on many computers that were infected or thought to be unbootable and recovered most if not all of the user?s files.
It is simple process to down load and run the UDCD but you need the XP install CD with at least SP2 on it. It will create an ISO file that you will need a CD/DVD writing program like Nero or Roxio to write to the CD/DVD to make the disk.
Give it a try.

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Long shot

by aintgot1 In reply to hard drive hdd not being ...

If you can see the drive in My Computer, you might try running CHKDSK. It's a real long shot, but you have nothing to lose.

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by mikejamal In reply to hard drive hdd not being ...

so i threw a knoppix attempt at it. i know next to nothing about it, but i had a guy helping me that knew some stuff. we tried it on the toshiba and it coulding find the usb attached hdd despite a bunch of different comman attempts. then i tried knoppix in the dell with the hdd just in the bay, and it didnt come up as showing any hard drive was installed at all.

i mean, the thing runs, do sata drives have any kind of controller that could be out? i just feel like if its mechanically working, the entire hard drive shouldnt just completely stop working.

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Really depends on which version of Knoppix you used

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to knoppix

But Yes SATA HDD do have different Controllers and Chip Sets on the M'Board to work.

This is part of the problem with them IDE Drives where around for a long while and the Interface Controllers became fairly standard. SATA on the other hand is still new and there are several different controllers for them. You really need the newest versions of any Live Linux to be sure that they work correctly. Though when fitted to a USB lead/Caddy they should work.


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