Windows 10: Hard drive stopped being recognized

  1. Posts : 52
    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary
       28 Feb 2018 #1

    Hard drive stopped being recognized

    External USB drive stopped being recognized. I opened up the enclosure and connected it via SATA interface but still no cure. The drive is not shown on Disk Management. I tried different cable, different PC and different port.
    Is there a way to recover data in it?
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  2.    28 Feb 2018 #2

    Does the bios see it if not its dead the only hope would be to pay a professional recovery firm
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  3.    28 Feb 2018 #3

    If you have the drive out of it's enclosure how do you have it attached to the computer? is it internally to a desktop computer? or is it connected via a USB-SATA adapter? if so, does the adapter have it's own power supply?
    Put your ear next to the drive, does it sound like it is spinning up? Or is it silent, cold to the touch? If it is spinning, then as stated, boot into Setup (Bios) under System Information or the Main page, it should list all of your drives. Does it list the drive by manufacturer? If it is not recognized in the Bios, and or is not spinning up , it has failed and needs to be replaced.
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  4. Posts : 52
    W10 primary, W7/W8.1 secondary
    Thread Starter
       28 Feb 2018 #4

    It is generating intermittent high pitch noise, not constant disk spinning noise. Looks like it's dead.

    I wonder if SSD is more reliable than 2.5" disk type hard drive. If so I should quit using 2.5" disk type hard drive.
    Any comment?
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  5.    28 Feb 2018 #5

    I have had much better experience with SSD then with mechanical drives. For sure SDD's are also less vulnerable to movement and shock but they can also fail. I learned my lesson the hard way: Always make regular backups of my data.

    From the sound of your hard disk I would stop using it if you have important data and take it to a professional for data recovery.
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