My hard drive is not recognised

Jul 24, 2008
  1. Hi,

    O/S: XP Pro SP2
    Hard Drive: 80 Gb

    I have problem with my PC. 3 days ago my pc was runnig perfect and smoothly but yesterday when i tried to open it, didn't work.

    It dont come to the place where you login! Doesn't even show the welcome screen.

    I tried to connect the hard disk as a usb to another pc. It loads up, installs it as a device, shows it in device manager as a usb device but doesnt show anything on My Computer.

    I need to get some files in the hard disk but dont know how!

    Can anyone help me? Please!!

    Waiting for your replies!!

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Do this instead

    Open the working computer up (side cover off, and power off too!)
    Unplug the CD/DVD Drive data cable
    Plug the faulty HardDrive into the data cable, and also plug in one of the molex power cables (you can use the CD/DVD Drive's power cable too)

    Make sure the HardDrive won't hit anything and short it
    Turn on
    Once Windows finds the new Drive, then check My Computer
  3. DENIZ88i

    DENIZ88i TS Rookie Topic Starter

    CD/DVD Drive data cable? Do you mean the IDE Cable?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Yes IDE1 to be exact !
  5. DENIZ88i

    DENIZ88i TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I have done everything as told but there is no changes!!

    The working pc doesn't recognise the drive!!

    What will i need to do next?
  6. insoman

    insoman TS Booster Posts: 102

    Does the drive show up in your BIOS?
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If this is an ATA HardDrive (which I believe it is)
    On the Data/Power end of the HardDrive, you will see a little jumper
    The position of the jumper is defined by what is written (usually in a pic) on the HardDrive's label.

    If it was in Master (M) rejumper it to Cable Select (CS) instead, and try again
    If it was in Cable Select (CS) rejumper it to Master (M) instead, and try again

    Hopefully it will then be recognized in My Computer

    If it is still not recognized, it sounds to be a failed HardDrive
    Failed HardDrives still have one more easy option (before it gets hard)
    Try wrapping the HardDrive in a sealed plastic bag, and put it in the freezer (yes that's right) for 30mins or more
    At the end of this time, quickly remove it from the freezer (and bag) and re-mount it in the PC (you'll have around 15mins, or more, of access time to the HardDrive)

    If it is still not recognized, there are companies that can read data directly off the failed HardDrive platters. This exercise may cost thousands of dollars to recover data; and is only done in extreme data recovery situations.
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