hard drive D: is not accessible

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  1. Posts : 11,629
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       #21

    Honestly No.

    If as I feel that sector 0 is bad , there is no way you can do a Do it Yourself Recovery.

    Is it an intermittent hardware problem? May be. I can't say for sure.. So try reseating the HDD as Samuria suggested. No harm. In a desperate situation you need to try what all you can. If it doesn't work, take the HDD out put it inside a branded enclosure and try. I think Samuria has suggested even that.

    There is an interface circuit board in the HDD. A dry solder in it also can cause intermittent problem especially when the components heat up. You may ask a friendly neighbourhood computer shop to check for it.
    Last edited by jumanji; 22 Feb 2023 at 21:19.
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  2. KCC
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       #22

    Ok. thank you for your help and suggestions. I have ordered a new drive. Unfortunately I do not have another laptop I can plug in that hard drive to see if that works. I will mark this thread as closed.

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    By some miracle this morning. I see D: again. So I ran testdisk again and at last I see this:

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    and since the screen display from testdisk shows :
    Boot sector - OK
    Backup boot sector - Bad
    I will now Execute [ORG. BS] command. And keeping my fingers crossed.

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    and then I confirmed Y and I selected [List] and I see the following in the next screenshot. I don't see my folders yet , so I'm going to press "quit"

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    and I'm back to this screen in the 3rd screenshot. At least looks much more hopeful now than yesterday. Please advice what I should next.

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    Or should I reboot ? But I will wait for your advice first.
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  3. Posts : 17,013
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       #23

    Make hay while the sun shines, copy everything you need off the disk while it is working.

    Like me a few years ago, you will never trust that disk again.
    Mine let me read some of its content while it worked again temporarily.
    I replaced it then its condition continued to decline whilst sitting in a box until it ended up never being readable at all.



    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  4. KCC
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       #24

    Thanks Denis,

    I ordered a new HDD SDD type now, hopefully arrives next week and will never use a mechanical one in future. I agree never use that disk again.

    waiting for jumanji to comment before I proceed.
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  5. Posts : 11,629
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       #25

    Sorry I am late today, Morning I went to to the Superspeciality Eye hospitals and fixed up my laser Cataract Surgery Againthey put drops in my eyes to dilate the pupil and examine the Retina. I finished doing all the formalities, fixed up my laser surgery for the right eye on 01 Mar and 04 Mar for the left eye. Because of the drops my vision was hazy till evening. I turned the computer on just now. Let me go through what you have done and will give a reply soon.
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  6. KCC
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       #26

    No worries, Wish you the best in your upcoming eye surgery and everything will go well. I am happy you are here. Take your time.
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  7. Posts : 6,400
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       #27

    Your computer has a SSD for windows and programs and a 1.8T HDD for data.
    Any electronic device one day will fail.
    A HDD is more delicate than a SSD as it is a mechanical device and has a spinning disk and a reading / writing sensor on a moving arm very close to the disk surface. Remember, a rotating disk is like a gyroscopic. Any change on the rotating plan and the arm will scratch the disk surface.
    - How much data you have on the disk?
    - Better buy a SSD than a HDD. Don't buy a space you won't use. If you need more space in the future, you will buy a better and cheaper SSD.
    - I have seen many people crying over a dead drive. A backup for your data is essential. You should buy a USB drive for backup.
    I have a backup drive on my desktop that I update every Friday.
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  8. KCC
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       #28

    Thanks MegaHertz,

    I just ordered a new SSD 2 days ago to replace my current faulty 1.8TB HDD. Last checked I had only 180GB left, that was just before I had problems. I didn't backup as regular as I should but (once about every few weeks) but now I will do that once every week.
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  9. Posts : 6,400
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       #29

    KCC said:
    Thanks MegaHertz,

    I just ordered a new SSD 2 days ago to replace my current faulty 1.8TB HDD. Last checked I had only 180GB left, that was just before I had problems. I didn't backup as regular as I should but (once about every few weeks) but now I will do that once every week.
    So you bought a SSD. Good.
    I thought you bought a hybrid HDD&SDD
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  10. KCC
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       #30

    yes. an SSD. From now on no more mechanical drives for laptops. data is important. I'm starting to think the same for external drives for backups in the near future, when costs come down some more.
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