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  1.    20 Nov 2015 #21
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    Looks like it's pretty bad. Unfortunately with SATA drives you can't just change its control board, it's more involved than that. You can try one thing that worked for me couple of times. Unscrew (very carefully) it's control board, clean contacts with alcohol and put back.
    Other things people tried (me too), if it's overheating and failing because of that, freeze it good in fridge and try while cold, you have 10-20 minutes to unload the stuff from it.
    If spindle or heads are sticking, gently tap sides.
    A friend of mine had also a peculiar problem when HDD would work properly only when data cable was connected after computer was fully booted, otherwise it was also a "sometime" HDD.
    Problem with all those remedies is that it could terminate HDD.
    There are services (expensive) that specialize in data retrieval, it depends how important data is.
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  2.    20 Nov 2015 #22
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    Try updating the BIOS and then your motherboard would be more compatible and see the disk without any problem. Change the power cable with another, if available, just in case.
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  3.    23 Dec 2015 #23
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    sorry for not updating the thread in a long time, it's been a really unstable and unclear situation so I haven't posted cause I just wasn't really sure what was going on. I think it's just safe to say the drive is failing; I managed to get one set of (very important) files off the drive via my brother's computer (running an American Megatrends (??) motherboard) but since then he's tried to copy other stuff across and it's failed a few times, so I think it's dead, we're just not sure.. we have concluded that maybe my motherboard is very fussy with harddrives and if it fails to connect or use a drive smoothly it just acts like it's not there, and that my brother's board is more forgiving with faulty drives, who knows!
    thanks so much to everyone who helped, though!
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  4.    24 Dec 2015 #24
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1706 (CU build 15063.674)

    Check your power supply unit. If it is faulty and doesn't give correct currents the disk may not work properly and not detected by the BIOS. Try a spare power supply unit.
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