|Hi, I have a major issue that I've been trying to fix for some time. My internal SATA drive stopped working a while back and I haven't been able to recover the information on it. I desperately need the information, so reformatting is not an option at this point. At the moment I am trying to get the drive recognized by something so I can attempt data recovery myself.|
The SATA is a secondary drive, but is the only SATA drive attached. Windows is loaded on an IDE drive, which works fine.
The SATA hard drive acts strange when plugged in. My BIOS recognizes the SATA drive, but only intermittently. Sometimes it does, sometimes it does not. Any attempt at starting Windows 7 with the Hard drive attached (and recognized by BIOS) freezes Windows on the loading screen. When BIOS doesn't recognize it or it is unplugged, Windows starts, but obviously there is no trace of the drive anywhere, not in device manager or disk management.
I bought a USB external enclosure for the drive to see if it would work that way, but when I plug it in, Windows recognizes and then immediately unrecognizes the drive over and over again until I unplug it.
I also tried a boot CD and ran mini XP. It seemed to freeze at the loading screen for that as well, but it eventually loaded. Alas, the hard drive was not there.
Shaking the HDD produces no noise. I don't think there is anything loose inside, but there might be a possibility something is stuck, or the drive is just dead, to my dismay.
I understand I don't have a lot of options seeing as how I can't even load Windows with the drive plugged in anymore, but I wanted to check just in case someone had any idea what was going on. This is a last ditch effort before I take this in to data recovery.
Thank you for any assistance you may be able to give me.
The drive is a Western Digital 500GB Caviar Green Power Internal SATA HDD. I am running Windows 7 64 bit. 750w power supply. CPU is an Athlon 64. 4 GB RAM.