Windows 10: Is my internal hard drive damaged?

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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #1

    Is my internal hard drive damaged?


    I have a 1tb internal hard drive from an old laptop that i have not used. But might have stored very little if any. I put it in an enclosure and connected it via usb to my chromebook. When i did this, i noticed it showed the files etc. But because im not that familiar with chromebook, ,that disappeared. Then i disconnected it from the usb port. Yes i didn't think at all at the time. When i connect it back, i get message from chromebook


    whoa there be careful in the future be sure to ejectr your removable device in the files app before =unpluggin it. Otherwise, you might lose data. i got like 20 plus messages of it etc.


    The thing is the hard drive still seems to be vibrating a bit when connect to my chromebook. Does anyone know how could i check if it works? I dont mind everything wiped out of there because i dont believe i even put anything in it. I did recall it had like 2gb in one of the 3 files when it was opened etc. But because i dont know how to use chromebook that well, this happened. Does anyone have any tips on this? I assume my chromebook is fine but maybe i damaged the internal hard drive? This is so frustrating.
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  2.    4 Weeks Ago #2

    It shows datapart1 on the files on chromebook. But then it immediately disappears and the message of


    Removeable device detected

    Explore the device's content in the files app


    Whoa, there. Be careful.

    In the future, be sure to eject your removable device in the files app before unplugging it. Otherwise, you might lose data.



    Does anyone know what i can do now? I had tried to click format device but then the datapart 1 keeps disappearing and reappearing etc.


    The thing is i do not want to plug this internal hard drive with enclosure into my main laptop as to damage that. But i do have another windows computer where i could plug it into.


    Does anyone have any advice? Oh man i can't believe this happened. The thing is if this was a usb or external hard drive, i dont think this would have happened but because it was an internal hard drive put in with enclosure, could this be damaged the hard drive?
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  3.    4 Weeks Ago #3

    I shut down my chromebook while the internal hard drive is connected to the chromebook. Then disconnected it. Turned on chromebook and it does not recognize it as nothing shows up. When i click files, the datapart1 doesn't show up. The enclosure with the hard drive there is some vibration when you hold it.


    Does anyone have any tips on what i can do? Should i plug it into a windows computer? I would be using my old windows 7 desktop to test this but the issue is i dont know if its fully cleaned or might have virus etc. But there is no way im plugging the internal hard drive with enclosure into my main laptop.
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    Sounds like there is not enough power coming from the USB port to power the enclosure and hard drive.
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5

    Hi there but when i first plugged it in, it worked.


    Well i had chromebook plugged in charger though.


    That would not make sense since people use external hard drive with chromebook right?
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6

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    Hi there. I just plugged in a seagate external hard drive into the usb port in my chromebook. It recognizes it and has no issues. Thus this has nothing to do with the usb port on my chromebook.

    When i plugged in the internal hard drive enclosure into it before this, it did recognize it for a second as it showed up with the name database i believe.

    Then i did this again and you could see when you open files up, it shows the name of the hard drive as datapart. It would keep showing up and disappearing after few seconds




    Then on the bottom right corner, it would have the same message over and over again in like 30 plus notificaitons

    Removeable device detected

    Explore the device's content in the files app


    Whoa, there. Be careful.

    In the future, be sure to eject your removable device in the files app before unplugging it. Otherwise, you might lose data.


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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       3 Weeks Ago #7

    paulyjustin said: View Post
    Hi there. I just plugged in a seagate external hard drive into the usb port in my chromebook. It recognizes it and has no issues. Thus this has nothing to do with the usb port on my chromebook.
    Not quite, it just proves the Chromebook's USB is working and that it provides enough power for a drive designed to be used as an external drive and be low power.

    The old internal drive in an enclosure was not designed to be low power, it may need more power than the USB can provide. Does the enclosure have any provision for providing extra power? Some come with a second USB lead for that purpose.
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  •    3 Weeks Ago #8

    Hi there. I bought this enclosure many years ago from amazon. I have no idea what it can/cannot do. The only reason i bought it was because my old laptop did not work anymore so i was told to buy an enclosure because if you have an ssd that works but that laptop doesn't work, you could use enclosure and then access the ssd hard drive with a separate computer.


    This is the exact one i have on amazon

    https://www.amazon.com/Inateck-FE200...rive+enclosure


    The thing is i have both an external hard drive and this internal hard drive with enclosure. I know that when i bought them, each one cable with a cable. I used the same usb cable for both the internal hard drive enclosure and the external hard drive enclosure. I have no idea which cable im using. Could that be the reason or not? I will have to look for the other cable. But could it be possible the cable im using is for the external hard drive? And the one thats internal hard drive, its different and i can't just use that external hard drive cable in place of it even thought if its?


    Because when you buy an enclosure like the one i posted about in the link, they supply you with the cable right? Thus when i bought each the enclosure and the external hard drive, i should have gotten a cable for each? But are these cables the same or not?
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       3 Weeks Ago #9

    Looks like the FE2004 doesn't have any way to give it extra power, pity. I suspect the chromebook cannot provide sufficient power for that particular hard drive. It may be able to provide more power if you try it with its charger plugged in.

    You may also find that a PC can provide sufficient power. If it works when plugged into a PC but not when used with the chromebook then lack of power is the most likely cause. I'd also run a disk check if it works in the PC in case the problem with the chromebook has caused any file system errors.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       3 Weeks Ago #10

    Try checking the S.M.A.R.T. status.
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