Nobody Can Figure Out HD Problem ?!?! - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-17-2009, 03:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1
Question Nobody Can Figure Out HD Problem ?!?!

The motherboard went out in my old emachines desktop, which was running XP Home sp3, so I pulled the hard drive out to hopefully recover the data someday and trashed the rest of the computer. I have a new desktop running XP Pro sp3 and installed the old hard in the new desktop. I tried as a Master and Slave and neither worked! The old hard drive shows up in Bios, it shows as new hardware recognized and added when windows booted after install, it shows in the device manager as working properly and even shows in disk management screen, but without a drive letter and says unallocated. So why is my old HD not showing up in the My Computer screen and why can't I assign a drive letter to it? I just want to be able and access all my old files to burn onto DVDs so I can access the files or better yet just be able to use my old HD and access my old files whenever I want! I have searched all over and tried many things, but still no luck! PLEASE HELP!
__________________

schultzomerta is offline  
Old 02-17-2009, 03:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,506
Default Re: Nobody Can Figure Out HD Problem ?!?!

If you want to just get the data off, try accessing it from a Linux LiveCD. Ubuntu is pretty popular; download the ISO, burn it to a CD, and boot off of it and go into the Live CD mode.

Could also try doing a chkdsk /r on the drive to make sure its not going bad.
__________________

__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is online now  
Old 02-18-2009, 08:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Western Australia
Posts: 12
Default Re: Nobody Can Figure Out HD Problem ?!?!

Does the hard drive need initialising? In disk management right click on the drive and see if it says 'Ūnitialise' in the menu that appears.
Anarion is offline  
Old 02-19-2009, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: Nobody Can Figure Out HD Problem ?!?!

Quote:
Originally Posted by schultzomerta View Post
even shows in disk management screen, but without a drive letter and says unallocated.
That is the problem right there. The partition tables have been lost. If Disk Management sees it as a unallocated drive in RAW format you can not access it at all. Windows does not have the capabilities to do this by default.

I have seen some 3rd party software that might do it but most of the suggestions is to make a new partition and use file recovery software.

Try this:

Program Cannot Access a Raw Partition on Your Computer's Hard Disk

That will be your best option to get access to the drive.
__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem possible power supply? KevinH Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 17 02-14-2009 12:12 AM
Serious computer problem. HeeRoMaKi Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 71 07-28-2007 11:42 PM
I just had the weirdest comp problem ever, can you figure this out? Emper0r Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 3 05-03-2007 04:06 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.