problems with Win 7 & 160GB Hitachi IDE HDD

August 24, 2010 at 04:23:22
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, amd athlon 64 x2 1.9ghz/ 2gb ram
hello there a few weeks ago i installed a 160gb hitachi ide hard drive. at first it worked fine and my pc found the drive and labled it drive F
the other night i used daemon tools to mount a iso file image but when i set up the virtual device it labled it as drive F . witch someohe changed the hard drive to a optical drive.
after i removed the virtual device my ide hard drive is now being not detected by the computer.
ive tryed all the basic stuff like change the ide cable make sure there not loose or damaged, check the bios and all bios setting are the same as when the pc reconised the ide hard drive.
its just annoying me now as i have work on the ide hard drive i need to access. anyone know how i can over come this problem?

btw in device manager under disk drives its not showing the ide hard drive only my sata drive that my OS is on.
any info would be helpfull
thanks


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#1
August 24, 2010 at 05:16:39
right click computer/manage/disk management
you should see your disk there, if not:
try a system restore to a time before you installed daemon tools
if that does not work remove the drive and try it in another computer.
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#2
August 24, 2010 at 05:37:45
yea i checked the disk managment and its not showing there,.
i tryed a system restore but its only letting me go back as far as 2 weeks ago witch is annoiyng.
i dont understand the problem with it, it worked fine last nite and i can access the disk like normal, dam daemon tools allways gota mess my stuff up lol
ill try it in another pc and see if its reconised.
if its not then atleast i know the HDD is broke then,
thanks for the reply

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#3
August 24, 2010 at 07:00:04
i just dont know whats going on with it. the ide HDD is working as i can hear and feel the vibrations of the disk spinning inside. do you think a reformat will sort it?
i think its comming down to some sort of system problem thats caused it to not be detected. but even bios wont detect it either. very confusing and very annoying atm lol

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#4
August 24, 2010 at 07:15:52
seems like you may have to format the drive, however first chack on another machine, you may be able to save the files, but if the drive is not showing in your bios or in win 7, then it does not look good, you cant format if you cant see the drive.
you could download the hitachi drive installation tools, disk check and other such things which will run from a floppy that might help to recover the drive...you might also set your bios to default settings..maybe its set to only see sata, and somehow is ignoring your ide, its a long shot, but anything is worth a try to get your files back

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#5
August 24, 2010 at 07:31:44
yea well i checked the bois setting and to be safe i restored the defult settings and see if it made any change but nothing, ill get onto hitatchi and see if i can get the programms off there to help get it working again. just strange why this happened once i made a virtual device with damon tools lol

ill get the recovery tools and ill let you know the outcome.


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#6
August 24, 2010 at 07:56:37
well that didnt help, as i dont have a floppy disk drive i downloaded the cd image version of the drive fitness tool. but its told me that my version (windows 7 64bit) was not supported and would have to contact the company to get help. ive emailed the company and asked if there is a 64 bit tool or if they have any support the can give me.
i wouldnt be to botherd if i lost my work on the drive aslong as i can get the drive working again.
im gonna attempt to try and check it from another computer and see if it will show on there, just need to change the jumper setting to slave as the other computer runs off a primary IDE hard disk

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#7
August 24, 2010 at 08:09:37
another quick question, do you thinkt that the storage controllers
A55594ZM IDE controller might have something to do with it?

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#8
August 24, 2010 at 09:46:17
i think i found the problem of the HDD i think when i used daemon tools

Firmware Corruption / Damage to the firmware zone
Explantion: Hard disk firmware is the software code that controls, and is embedded in, the physical hard drive hardware. If the firmware of a hard disk becomes corrupted or unreadable the computer is often unable to correctly interact with the hard disk. Frequently the data on the disk is fully recoverable once the drive has been repaired and reprogrammed.

Firmware failures - How to diagnose: Common Symptoms

The hard disk will spin up when powered on, but be incorrectly recognised / not recognised at all by the computer
The hard disk will spin up & be recognised correctly by the computer but the system will then hang during the boot process

yerr so i gota give thoes guys a ring tomorrow, and have a word with them, thanks for the help tho guys


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#9
August 24, 2010 at 18:02:55
dave21

First off I would like to inform you that you can edit all your own posts except for the first. So you could have added to the prior post if no one had responded in the interim.

I suggest you watch the POST screens at start up to see if the BIOS is configuring all your drives by both model and capacity. If that isn't happening then you have some sort of hardware issue.

Be sure to expand Disk Management to full screen so you don't miss a listing down low. Drive letters can change and can be changed. That said, the drive should still show. If you changed the jumpers or cables then return things as they were. All drive letters except the boot partition can be changed. Should you need to do that post back for an explanation.


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#10
August 24, 2010 at 22:39:46
you could use the tools from a usb stick, just hit the right f key at boot to choose boot device, and run run from the usb stick, that way it would not matter what os or version you are using. hope you get it sorted, there again drives are very cheap now....

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