Windows 10: Slow shutdown one night and now a Disk is missing

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  1.    04 Apr 2018 #21

    The only other thing I have going is a laptop.

    The first drive that went wrong that I started the thread for I attached to the laptop with a USB-to-Sata Cable that I used to clone my old SSD to HDD (just to say that it's a working cable!) it still showed up in disk manager only and it still reported as a 0mb disk when I tried to initialize. So it wasn't a false report on the PC things ended up the same way on the Laptop.

    If I remove this second faulty drive from the PC do I risk it no longer showing up in file explorer (and only disk management) like my last one? I'm just checking because if it stops showing up properly after taking it out this could have been my last chance to run checkdisk on it.
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  2. Posts : 657
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       04 Apr 2018 #22

    Terrace2 said: View Post
    .......I was going to run checkdisk with some commands I saw on the internet ( chkdsk G: /f /r /x ) but then it said at the end of the article that you could lose data and to back it all up first.......

    .....Here I am in the morning posting this and the drive is there, I ran seatools and got this message "short DST - Fail" and started to back up all my files onto another drive......
    If the drive is really failing, I wouldn't run checkdisk as aforesaid. If it fails to complete and aborts itself halfway through then it will leave your drive in a much worse condition that would leave all the data in complete disarray.

    Having said that, if you still can manage to recover the data as you said, do it as much as you can recover. When you come to the stage where you can no longer recover anything, remove it and then check it on your laptop with the USB to sata adapter which you profess to be working.

    Troubleshooting your aberrent PC even after a fresh install of Windows 10 , is a different channel in which I won't poke my nose - my ignorance . I shall come in again only after you remove the drive and connect it to a working PC - devoid of any problems - , run the manufacturer's diagnostic/repair utility and if it passes.
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  3.    04 Apr 2018 #23

    All the data is off of the drive now and backed up on another drive, the only thing that had to be skipped with a copy paste job of the entire contents was a random old Nvidia driver exe that I did not need anymore, no big loss.

    It's like the drive works until it sleeps, then when I try to access a file from it it doesn't wake up properly and ends up in a loop of unable to access the file and crashes all of windows with it.

    With all the data safely off I'll plug it into the laptop before I turn on the main PC tomorrow, i'll install seatools on the laptop and run "Long fix" is that all correct? or should I do a scan on it first?
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  4. Posts : 657
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       05 Apr 2018 #24

    You will do the extended long test only if the short test fails.
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  5.    05 Apr 2018 #25

    Main computer started up really nice without this drive in it either. Task manager lists "last bios time" as 14.0 seconds, much faster.

    Laptop booted fine with the drive in it, downloaded seatools, seatools scanned for drives and I did not see it on the list, tried to open file explorer (which I think is still on quick access on the laptop) BANG! windows explorer is dead, task bar not responding, file explorer never opens, only the mouse cursor and the already open seatools responding. CTRL+ALT+DEL brings does bring up the task manager but restart just hangs.

    So main PC looking great without the drive, and now the laptop crashes haha. I put a little sticker on the sata cable and the power cable that the hard drive was plugged into on the main PC, just to try not using those next time I get a drive.

    restarted the laptop, drive isn't in file explorer but is in disk manager as H: removable a 0mb disk no option to initialize, options are:

    Change Drive Letter and Path...
    Eject (greyed out)

    In the task bar for remove USB device you can click it but there is no device in the list just "...." as the thing to safely remove.
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  6. Posts : 657
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       05 Apr 2018 #26

    Bad luck. I would write-off both your drives. No question about it. Two drives failing in succession within a short interval is a rare occurrence that makes it unbelievable. ( I am now struggling with my English - unbelievable :).)

    Now you can concentrate upon setting your other PC right.
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  7.    05 Apr 2018 #27

    I took some pictures just in case there was anything of interest in them, if there isn't then reply back that there is nothing there and I'll mark the topic as solved! Thank you for all the help.

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  8. Posts : 657
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       05 Apr 2018 #28

    Are you sure that Disk 1 Removable ( H: ) No Media is your faulty drive? ( I am not :))

    Please do this: Disconnect from the Internet/network so that your network drives do not show up. Safely remove all other storage devices like External drives/ Flash drives/USB hubs/ Card Reader/ USB docks / USB Printers etc. ( Practically nothing plugged into the USB ports except USB Keyboard and USB mouse if you are using those.) If your laptop has a built-in Card Reader, disable it temporarily in Device Manager.

    Now plug in only your faulty drive. If your drive shows up with the drive letter as above with "No media" and allows you to change the drive letter, change it to one unused drive letter like R,S,T,U, V,W . Once done try to format that drive.

    This is the last thing you can do/try. Doesn't succeed????

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