D: Drive Suddenly Disappeared

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  1. Posts : 27,434
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1

    Strange things happen in Windows. Things get enable that were off and vice versa.

    You said your Image was old, do you use restore points?
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  2. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter

    I tried what you suggested, but still nothing...

    I don't think I have a restore point available... And I'm not sure what I can do from the cmd if there are any commands for this anyway.
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  3. Posts : 27,434
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1

    Well worth a shot then.

    Get to login screen, find power icon. Hold shift and click restart.

    When Advance Startup options come up, trouble shoot, advance, Restore system.

    I would leave D: disconnected.
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    You need to go to the disk makers site and get the free disk test for their drive and test d it seems the problem is more of disk structure fault that a full disk check would fix. If its hut down unexpected then data will be corrupted it file structure not hardware
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  5. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter

    @Samuria I think Western Digital disk test needs to be downloaded to the machine, to run. Since I can't enter my desktop, I can't download it.

    @Caledon Ken Yes, I should check if I have an image. If so, I could restore to that. If no, well...
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  6. Posts : 27,434
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1

    Try restore points first in process I outlined.
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  7. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Apparently, Windows 10 creates automatically some restore points. So I have one from less than two days ago. I restored to that.

    However, the problem with the disks may still exist there. I think I should download Western Digital's disk test software before anything else.

    What do you guys suggest?

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    I restored successfully, but Windows does some automatic disk scans and fixes. I hope that doesn't break anything though...
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    Posts : 2,009
    W10 Pro 20H2

    When Windows starts automatically doing disk scans then you know there are disk problems.
    Your first step is to backup all your data.
    When a hard drive dies it can blink out like a light bulb.
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  9. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter

    Restoring my PC fixed the login issue. There was no change to any of my files, so everything's good. I also have backed-up all of my needed files, so no problems there.

    Well, the scan was about my C: drive, which also has Windows. Maybe the problem is there? I changed all cables for that drive too, just to make sure, but that didn't help. So, I don't know if it's the drive's fault or a software problem. I'll download Western Digital's software to make sure.

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    So, the C: drive easily passed Western Digital's disk test. I found no problems whatsoever. However, the D: drive couldn't complete the test and gave me an error.

    D: Drive Suddenly Disappeared-untitled.jpg

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    D: failed even the extended test...

    D: Drive Suddenly Disappeared-untitled.png

    I don't know if it's a problem with the disk, or with the files in the disk. I surely can't buy another disk at the moment and since this one is the largest I have (2TB), I need to keep using it. But if it's something wrong with the files (corruptions and such) maybe I could fix it somehow...

    What do you guys think?
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  10. Posts : 27,434
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1

    I thought this may have been your disk hence the requests to disconnect.

    Are you feeling lucky?

    Don't mean to be a smart #$% but no one knows.

    Bad sectors may contain files but bad sectors are hardware errors, in my books.

    You could run chkdsk /f but this is going to work the drive. If it is near failure this could be the push that sends it over the ledge.

    Chkdsk /r will scan for bad sectors and will do the /f portion as well.

    I would be buying a drive and get files off. If you have smaller drives split this one up.

    You are on borrowed time. This might work for a week or more or could die as you read this.
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