Sata harddrive no longer shows up

Discussion in 'Computer Memory and Hard Drives' started by stevedude, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    Hi guys, my 500gb sata harddrive hasn't been working for awhile and today i have time to try and fix it. So everything used to be good and working but now it won't show up in my computer. it shows up on startup and in device manager
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    The maxtor 5T030H3 is the 27gb
    The maxtor STM3160812A is the 149Gb
    so where is the 500gb sata?
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You need to go into disk management and see if it lists it in there. Its possible it just needs partitioned and formatted to be seen. HD's do go bad.
     
  3. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    nope it's not there
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Can you test that drive in another computer?
     
  5. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    no the other other computer is my dads old one that i put together for him
     
  6. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    What about a friends computer? Can you take a screenshot of disk management for me?
     
  7. wardhanster

    wardhanster New Member

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    yaa me too can you plz take screen shot of the device management tool
     
  8. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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  9. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    well i'm at school now in my troubleshooting computers class and my teacher says that Disk 0 is probably it and i have to right click on it and do something like make it valid or something
     
  10. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    Yes it's likely disk 0. Did you have it setup in a software RAID or something? It's showing as a dynamic disk.
     
  11. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    ya i think i did for awhile to see if it would work
     
  12. Cromewell

    Cromewell Administrator Staff Member

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    Ok...Do you happen to have the disks that were in the RAID with it? Putting them back in may make it usable again. If not, you probably need to wipe the drive entirely.
     
  13. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    well i just changed the settings in the bios to raid but i changed it back now. And wiping the drive isn't a problem
     
  14. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Try the procedure here to convert it back to basic disk. This is a known issue with dynamic disks.
     
  15. stevedude

    stevedude New Member

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    wow i cannot believe how easy that was! i just right-clicked on disk 0 and clicked convert to basic disk then i clicked new spanned volume and assigned the letter Z for it!

    Thanks everyone i didn't think it would be so easy
     
  16. konsole

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    if you dont mind losing the data on that drive I would try creating a new partition and formatting. I had a problem not long ago with were I erased the partition on a drive and the drive wasnt showing in windows anymore but was in the bios. So I used the windows dvd and recreated a partition and formatted the drive and afterwards it was recognized again in windows.
     

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