D: Drive Suddenly Disappeared

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  1. Posts : 43
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       #31

    Yes I see, so it's probably the drive's fault. I'll see what I can do about buying a new drive. I don't think I can do it soon, due to finances and all. But I'll check some stuff out. I understand what you're saying though.

    So, I should run Chkdsk /r ?

    It's not like I have important files on the drive, only apps and such software. I already have backed-up my documents, etc. from C:
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  2. Posts : 27,447
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #32

    If you have nothing to lose but again it could kill it.
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  3. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #33

    I just uninstalled most software on the drive, since I won't be needing it anyway. I only have Steam, Origin, Epic, two Cartography apps, and 5-6 games. So, it's not like I will lose anything I can't redownload. I guess I could give it a shot...
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  4. Posts : 27,447
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #34

    Even if it fixes and gives a cleaner bill of health this drive need to be used as work space, not a data drive unless you have a very good and regular backup routine.


    Let us know how it goes.
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  5. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
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       #35

    So, since it could fail at some point, even if that happens 3 years from now (let's just say), I shouldn't store things that could take a long time to download them again, since this drive will eventually fail and so I should only use temporary files there, correct?

    The thing is that it's a 2TB drive and it's not like I have many temporary files on my pc. I mean, I do have some uni and work documents, but these are stored to C:, since it's nothing much. I mostly use D: for games. I should note that the only time that D: fails, is when I use Steam.

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    Oh, I forgot to mention. I think before I even make this post, I run the Chkdsk /r command for the C: drive and got nothing wrong. I guess I should have mentioned that earlier... hehe

    Though, it's still going for the D: drive.

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    I finished the Chkdsk for D:

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    I tried removing some apps from D:
    It went well at first, but then I started getting an error

    D: Drive Suddenly Disappeared-untitled.png

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    Windows started to bug again after doing stuff with D:
    I rebooted and now everything seems fine again though.

    I'm trying to uninstal and move as many things as I can.

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    So, I think I messed up really hard! I thouught that I should do a few tests. So, I took out D:, cleaned it, took care of it, made sure the cables were good, temps were good, etc. And waited. Unfortunatelly, same thing happened.

    So, I decided to check the software, I moved everything to the other drive (I did delete some stuff that I should have long ago too) and the disk is now 100% empty. Nothing in there. I also made sure to use an app just to make sure nothing is left there, no sort of hidden or trash files. I already had scanned this with antivirus, just in case.

    And so, I decided to do one last thing: completely format the drive, since I had no choice left. And so, I started the process.

    The thing is that it stucked for hours there, wihtout moving. It seems that when a drive has some errors, it stucks. I saw some people with that problem. So, I did the HUGE mistake, without thinking, and hit "cancel". And the process did stop.

    Long story short, I'm stuck with a drive that I can't access, and when I try to format again or use Disk Manager, I can't access it either. It's in a bad situation and "at risk", because I canceled the format. A god only knows what I was thinking at the time...

    So, is there any way to fix this? I was thinking that after the format and since it'll be in the same state as when I bought it (software wise), I could run the scans again and if there were still problems, then it's a hardware problem. If not, it was a software problem that got fixed.

    But now things are just worse...
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  6. Posts : 27,447
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #36

    You could try diskpart

    I don't think you caused it, the drive was failing and the activity just gave it a shove off the ledge.


    Are you familiar with diskpart?


    Quite powerful, takes no prisoners, so ensure you are very careful. Command sequence I would use (Command Prompt admin or powershell admin). I assume you only have one 2TB disk in this command sequence. Stop if this is not the case.

    Diskpart
    List disk
    Select disk x (where x is the disk number of your 2TB disk, you get this in the previous command) (X must be the right disk !!!!)
    Clean
    Exit
    Exit

    Open disk management and see if the disk is there and if you can create partition. If you have an option to format I would just go with quick. Again I would not be putting anything meaningful on this disk.
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  7. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #37

    I have seen this command before, though I've never used it much, other than to list the disks. I indeed only have 1 2TB drive. However, it's gone again. And even though I tried to list the disks, only C: appeared.

    I'll try to open the box tomorrow and see if I can make it appear again.

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    So, I did a diskpart and then I was able to use the drive again, format it and it's now the same way I bought it (software-wise at least). I also made sure all drivers were up to date (just in case).

    However, when it comes to Western Digital's disk test, it still fails for the same reasons. The disk is currently empty, so it's indeed a hardware problem. The cables are all good, so it's the drive itself I guess.

    Any other suggestions maybe?

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    So, I did got no different results from the test, but I saw this. It seems this is the only fail it gives in this results window.

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  8. Posts : 27,447
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #38

    Drive has worked hard for you, time to say good bye.

    All kidding aside, the drive is done.
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  9. Posts : 43
    Windows 10, 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #39

    Yes, I see. I also now know it's surely a hardware problem and it's the drive's fault. I don't get covered by the warranty anymore, so even if it could get fixed, it's better to buy a new one at some point in the future. And of course, since I can't fix it, even if I had instructions (since I'd just make things worse) I guess this is it.

    So, I conclude this thread, since D: has a hardware problem and can't be fixed (or it's just not worth it at this point).

    Thanks, everyone! You helped a lot to figure out what went wrong. I couldn't have done this on my own, to be honest.
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  10. Posts : 27,447
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #40

    Good luck with your exams.
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