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Samsung 80GB Hard Disk's weird Problem

By sunilmk
Sep 11, 2005
  1. The Background :
    I built my new P4(3GHz) System in Dec 04. I used the same old 80Gb HDD

    I got KTs in Second Yr Engineering which resulted in, me facing my Dad's
    real bad temper. The worst thing was that he spent all his anger on my
    beautiful System.

    Now all I'm left with is a broken cabinet, Cracked MB, non-working FX5700
    Ultra, a P3(700mhz) system and a hurt soul.

    The Problem :
    Apparantly the HDD survived all that (although the plastic around the bus
    attachment area was a little broken)

    It was working fine. But now after taking a 4 weeks gap to cool things down
    WinXp just showed the Partitions for about a Min and it showed no more.
    The Bios & XP Device manager shows the HDD, U can feel it working, but it
    doesn't display the Partitions.

    Please anyone help me! All my VB, Java, C, Photoshop & Flash Projects are
    still in it.

    Thank You
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,498   +1,433

    first, move it to another box w/o all the trama, then run some diags to verify
    the sanity of the media.
  3. sunilmk

    sunilmk TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked the HDD on my friends system (same MB, P4 2.8GHz) but even
    there the HDD is detected in the Bios; win XP's Device Manager shows it
    but the partitions ain't visible in Explorer or the "Device Mangement" window.
    But the Drive seems to be working fine.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,498   +1,433

    If you can assign a drive letter, then you can export the data to another device
    and solve the HD problem at leasure. A USB external would be ideal for this.

    The inability to see the HD in the Explorer *may be* the issue of consecutive
    letters already in place and the new HD can't fit between other devices.
    If you already have something like C:\$hd D:\$cdrom E:\$dvd F:\$usb
    then move some down using the Device Mgr to look like
    C:\$hd1 F:\$cdrom G:\$dvd H:\$usb which will allow a new HD to appear
    as D:\$hd2
    Be sure to REBOOT before attempting to access the new HD2
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