Question about Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160 GB SATA Hard Drive

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Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS

Although BIOS/CMOS and Device Manager can see the drive, but the status is 'unreadable'. However, File Manager cannot see the drive. Can someone please help?

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  • alfixya Jun 09, 2008

    Hi worldvet,

    Yes, I've been using it since March 2007 (over 1 year) and I have not used even half of the 160GB.

    FYI: I have two IDE hard disks (one being the master and the other being the slave). This SATA disk is the third HD where I put all my data. Do you think it has anything to do with the driver?

    What happened: I switched on my PC last night and for some reason it says DISK BOOT ERROR, I pressed ENTER. No luck but with the same error. I then pressed the reset button to reboot, it came back with the same error. I pressed enter again, same error returned. So this time I switched off the PC, waited for a few seconds and then switched on. It booted up fine, BUT I could no longer see the SATA drive on Windows Explorer. The funny thing is the it shows up in the Device Manager. The Device Status says 'This device is working properly.', but the Volume Status says 'unreadable', and Capacity being 0 MB. On the other hand, it shows up and is detected OK in the CMOS/BIOS.

    I just tried connecting it to the other SATA connector on my motherboard and it's still the same.


  • alfixya Jun 09, 2008

    I have not tried another SATA cable. My power supply only comes with 1 SATA power plug. Can you please send me the link? I can't see the link to the Registry Fixer you mentioned. Thanks.

  • alfixya Jun 12, 2008

    Hi, I tried the SS Registry Fixer...still no luck. I might go get a copy of the Hiren's Boot CD and see how it goes...

    Yesterday, my friend gave me a copy of Active Partition Recovery for Windows. When I tried to recover the good partition, it said "The disk has not been initialised by Operation system. After partition is recovered, device might not be accessible by operating system...etc'. If I go ahead to initialise the disk using Computer Management (Fix MBR), will I lose all the data in the disk? Does initialise mean formatting?



  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    Have you formatted your drive yet?




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Hi, I could not find the Initialise option under disk management for this disk. So I used Active File Reovery and managed to recover all my data, and then reformatted the SATA disk as a basic disk (instead of dynamic disk). So all is good now. Thanks for all your help and advice.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008


Hi, are you talking about the Console Recovery in Windows Setup disc? I did press F6 to install all drivers but I did not press 'R' subsequently for the Console Recovery. Should I ? It did not ask for SATA driver.

There are two SATA sockets on board. I tried booting up with the SATA disk and cables disconnected. It booted up just fine. I think it might have caught a virus that corrupted the partition table.

In the Computer Management, the right bottom window says this dynamic disk is unreadable (with a red cross). The disk does not show up in the right upper window (so cannot right click to Explore). I can see the other two good IDE disks though.

Also I can't find the option under Computer Management to fix MBR . It has <Refresh>, and <Rescan Disks> actions. Please advise.


Posted on Jun 13, 2008

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Have you tried another SATA cable and power plug?

Yes, it could be the driver and I'd do a registry sweep with a good registry fixer, not just a cleaner. A good free utility is Registry Fixer and can be found at this location just scroll down the page until you see the entry.

When you do get a good boot into Windows download and run the Registry Fixer and give that a go.

If that doesn't work and you have the SATA driver for your board on a floppy or CD, restart the PC with the Windows installer CD/DVD and press F6 when prompted and reload the SATA driver for your board when you let the installer run it will eventually tell you that Windows is already installed, just select the Repair radio button option and let her install. Windows will heal itself and this should solve your problem. If the cable, power plug swap, Registry Fixer and reinstall of Windows as a Repair option does not solve your problem it is your hard drive and you can use this sequence you went through to seek an RMA.

As to your data should all this fail you can get a hold of a copy of Hiren's BootCD and use one of the partition recovery programs to see if they can heal what could be a partition table entry error and bad partition alignment.

Keep me posted.

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 09, 2008

    Sorry about not putting the link in there. I guess it was too late at night to be answering posts.

    This is it.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 12, 2008


    Initializing does not format the drive. The software your friend suggested is good software. If the MBR is damaged fixing it will help and the software your friend suggested would help you to recover any lost partitions.

    Question: Are you using an add in device card to access the SATA or remind me again, is this an onboard connection.

    Have you tried the repair option in the Windows installation disc and loaded the F6 SATA drivers when prompted? You must try this before you can ask your motherboard maker for a replacement. You are still under warranty, aren't you?

    Lastly, when you can get into Windows again, right click My Computer and select Manage, Disk Management then right click your sata drive and choose Explore. Can you get this far? And, if so, do you see your drive contents.

    And finally, disconnect your SATA drive from the system, comm cable and power cord. Does your computer bootup normally now?




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