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