Solved Cannot access SATA hard drive

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April 27, 2013 at 04:27:19
Specs: Windows 8, 3.2GHz Intel i5 3470/ 4Gb DDR3
I was copying files from one SATA drive to another when my computer froze in the metro start menu and now one of the hard drives will not show up on any of my computers.
I had to manually shut down the PC when it froze - everything is new except the 3 HDDs.
I cannot see it in the BIOS, Device Manager, Computer Management or Windows Explorer.
The other HDD works fine - it had the files being copied - while the HDD where the files were being copied to does not work anymore.

OS: Windows 8 Enterprise 64bit
CPU: i5 3470
RAM: Adata 1600 XPS

I.T guy gone rogue.


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#1
April 27, 2013 at 06:06:33
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Check the power and data connections to the hard drive that is not showing in the BIOS. If still no go then use the drive fitness utility from the drive manufacturers site. Sounds like the hard drive has died.

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#2
April 27, 2013 at 07:18:13
"I cannot see it in the BIOS, Device Manager, Computer Management or Windows Explorer"

If you're sure the cables are secure & nothing was changed, the HDD has most likely failed. Any unusual noises coming for it? Clicking?


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#3
April 29, 2013 at 16:53:11
Have tried different power and SATA connections, but still does not work - the other hard drives work fine with either cables.
It probably has died so I will try the fitness test.

I.T guy gone rogue.


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