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HD not recognized

By hdsreserve ·
I have a major problem with my second drive(primeraly used for work data). This drive is about 2 years old. The other day I rebooted and I got the error before loading windows. ATAPI (something similar to that) not recognized. I reset the bios to boot off the primary system drive.
The system run real slow and then after a few restarts it went back to normal. The when I went to access the drive I was asked if i wanted to format.

I have a feeling there maybe a corrupt file on their, well that or my HD is dead. It doesnt click, runs normal jut not detected by windows. Should I re-format system drive and re-install my OS? should I try spinrite? Or should I dream of someone giving me $500 (that I dont have) to send it off to a data ecovery center! lol

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by ctrservices In reply to HD not recognized

It would be helpful if you could post the specific ATAPI error.

Also, try the drive in another machine if you have access to one.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to HD not recognized

The best thing to do now would be to get a copy of the HDD testing utility and test the drive to make sure that it is OK. If the drive passes this test then the most likely thing is that the MBR's have been corrupted and you'll need a data recovery program like On Track Professional or as a cheaper option is something like Davory from XWays and use this to recover the data.

XWays is only about 45 Euros compared to a little over $1K for the On Track Product and several K if you need to have the data professionally recovered.

XWays has a trial version for download at and while it will only recover the first 200 K of any file it will give you an idea if it is possible to recover any data.


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by wlbowers In reply to HD not recognized

Well it could be a bunch of things. Starting with the master boot block being corrupted.

Go to your drive makers site and download their diagnostic software.

Here are the major manufacturers.



Western Digital



Testing the drive is a start.


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