Solved Sata Hard Disk Drive not detected but works fine with others

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May 22, 2017 at 07:38:25
Specs: WIndows 7 Professional, 2GB
A couple of days ago, I got the following error message when I plug in Sata 1 HDD:-

"Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert Boot Media in Selected boot device and press a key"

I just a few Western Digital Sata Hard Disk Drives in this machine but in the BIOS, the Sata 1 HDD is not detected and is my main drive.

The BIOS only shows the DVD CD Rom and Linux which I didn't know I had. I can provide the Linux full name if that helps.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Danny1234


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May 31, 2017 at 15:45:48
"NVIDIA Boot Agent 249.0542
Copyright (c) 2001-2005 Nvidia Corporation
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F Exiting Nvidia Boot Agent"

Your HDD is not being detected so your system is moving on to the next item in the boot order - Network Boot. Your system isn't setup to boot from a network so you're being prompted to check the network cable. Disable the network boot, there's no reason to have it enabled.

http://10629-presscdn-0-58.pagely.n...

As for the freezer trick, I've done it a few times with success. I have an external USB dock & just immediately drop it in & retrieve what I can. Sometimes it takes 2-3 refreezes to get all the data. BTW, I doubt you have Linux, could it be you're seeing the BIOS boot screen & are mistaking it for Linux?

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May 22, 2017 at 08:57:32
Danny1234: I got the following error message when I plug in Sata 1 HDD:-
I'm not sure why you're physically swapping drives around, but make sure the data cable is plugged in on both sides, and maybe try a different power plug. If that doesn't work, your drive is most likely dead.

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May 22, 2017 at 09:31:48
Hi Razor2.3

Thanks for your reply.

I will try what you suggested and send you a reply with an update.

The Sata 1 Main Drive is making a quiet clicking sound.

Would that suggest the drive is head and also;

Is it possible to recover the data from the Sata 1 Drive?

I look forward to your reply.

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May 22, 2017 at 09:49:56
"The Sata 1 Main Drive is making a quiet clicking sound"

The HDD has failed. If you have data that you can't bear to lose, try the "freezer trick".

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May 22, 2017 at 10:41:00
Hi riider

What's the freezer trick?

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May 22, 2017 at 11:04:39
You'll notice riider posted a link to the detailed instructions, but basically you take the drive, wrap it in plastic, shove it in a freezer for a few hours, remove it from the freezer, connect it to a working PC, and start copying data. Note that if it works, the drive'll probably fail again within the next 30 minutes (as in it'll fail again when it warms up enough), so copy fast.

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May 22, 2017 at 11:25:23
To elaborate a little on the freezer "trick'

Wrap the drive in paper towel or a tissue or two; then place in plastic bag (typically a sandwich baggy) and seal the bag.

Place in freezer for about a couple of hours. Remove from freezer, open the bag and remove the drive. Loosen - but do not remove - the paper towel/tissues and let the drive sit a few (5-10?) minutes. Then remove the paper towel etc. and connect the drive a working system - ideally via a usb adapter if possible. Then start to copy all your data off to DVD at least (another external hard drive if possible too). After a while the drive will start to click etc; repeat the freezer routine. You may get a couple or three goes this way before the drive finally expires...

You can re-install the drive into the current computer and see if it boots up etc. Presuming it does - as above immediately start copying all critical files to external storage. As above the drive wil start clicking again as it warms up... Repeat the whole freezer routine etc..

Incidentally I have found putting the drive in coolest part (the bottom) of any decent fridge equally effective; leave it there say 2-3hours and proceed as above.

I have successfully recovered all data from a clicking drive this way. The drive had been clicking for a while before it I got to it. My friends (whose computer it was in) were unaware that the clicking meant trouble... The system simply failed to boot reliably, stalling earlier and earlier each time we tried; and the freezer routine got it running long enough to save all data. The drive in question was in a Dell Dimension running ME... and was EIDE drive; but the freezer routine can be applied to any mechanical drive...

Why the paper towel/tissue? When the drive comes out of the freezer/fridge it will start to collect moisture out of the air... - condensation. Letting the drive sit a few minutes in its loosened wrapper allows it acclimatise a little to the local environment and the paper towel collects "some" of condensation...


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May 22, 2017 at 11:28:00
Also... When you do get the new drive installed and the system up and running again - make your own set of recovery disks for this "new" installation. And even make an image (Acronis or Easus utilities to this end). Then you have a means of rebuilding/restoring your working system - should the need arise whenever..

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May 23, 2017 at 13:33:52
Hi

I tried the Freezer Trick but it didn't work. In fact, the HDD was making a louder clicking sound after I brought it out of the Freezer. I even let it thaw a couple of hours but still no luck.

When I plug the Sata 1 in switch the machine on, I get the following messages:-

NVIDIA Boot Agent 249.0542
Copyright (c) 2001-2005 Nvidia Corporation
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F Exiting Nvidia Boot Agent

Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert Boot Media in Selected boot device and press a key

These set of messages are different to a couple of days ago when I was getting a Linux message.

In the BIOS, SATA 1 is not detected, just my DVD Player.

Any further help would be grateful regarding the above.

Thanks


Danny1234

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May 23, 2017 at 15:20:14
Do you have a usb sata adapter. cable set or dock?

If so, or can borrow one or other, try conecting the drive to a working computer that way?

It may come up as an extenal drive long enuff to recover data at least?

Equally, try a known good sata internal cable set with drive?

Which havng said I'm not hopeful the drive will come up again.... Clicking sounds usually mean the drive is about to fail, or has failed. The feezer routine does sometimes work briefly, but not always.


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May 26, 2017 at 13:37:06
Hi trvlr

I don't think I have any jumpers here but on my pc, i have 2 Sata Data Connectors on one cable and 2 separate Sata power connectors. I was wondering if I need to fit a jumper to one of the drives to make it a slave and connect a working HDD and the faulty HDD to the PC, then maybe I could see if it detects it as an external drive. Would that work or do I specifically need a usb sata adapter?

Also I am wondering maybe it's just the circuit board that's faulty and I could remove the the circuit board with a torx screwdriver and replace it with a working WD HDD circuit board? Maybe that would be worth a try if the Master / Slave solution doesn't work?

Danny1234

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May 26, 2017 at 13:59:30
Danny1234: i have 2 Sata Data Connectors
SATA is not PATA; it's one device per cable. Unless your SATA cable is some sort of non-standard two cables wrapped into one, connecting two devices to the MB via a single cable will not work.

Danny1234: Also I am wondering maybe it's just the circuit board that's faulty and I could remove the the circuit board with a torx screwdriver and replace it with a working WD HDD circuit board?
Depends on the era of the drive. At a minimum you would need a donor drive of the exact make/model/revision. You might also need to solder off the chip holding the head alignment data from the old board, and transplant it to the donor board.

That said, your symptoms sound like a mechanical issue with the heads; I would not expect the board replacement would yeld results.

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May 31, 2017 at 15:45:48
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"NVIDIA Boot Agent 249.0542
Copyright (c) 2001-2005 Nvidia Corporation
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

PXE-E61 Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F Exiting Nvidia Boot Agent"

Your HDD is not being detected so your system is moving on to the next item in the boot order - Network Boot. Your system isn't setup to boot from a network so you're being prompted to check the network cable. Disable the network boot, there's no reason to have it enabled.

http://10629-presscdn-0-58.pagely.n...

As for the freezer trick, I've done it a few times with success. I have an external USB dock & just immediately drop it in & retrieve what I can. Sometimes it takes 2-3 refreezes to get all the data. BTW, I doubt you have Linux, could it be you're seeing the BIOS boot screen & are mistaking it for Linux?

https://cdn2.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdat...

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