HDD disappeared showing two empty partitions


  1. Posts : 4
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    HDD disappeared showing two empty partitions


    My D: disk disconnected and when I rebooted it showed up as two empty partitions. One of them I can't do anything with, the other I can't access without formatting, which I want to avoid if possible. No clue how this happened since it was working literally minutes ago, but hey that's computers for ya. Should I just format it and use a recovery tool or is there a solution?
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    Psychosmiley999 said:
    My D: disk disconnected and when I rebooted it showed up as two empty partitions. One of them I can't do anything with, the other I can't access without formatting, which I want to avoid if possible. No clue how this happened since it was working literally minutes ago, but hey that's computers for ya. Should I just format it and use a recovery tool or is there a solution?
    Have you tried running CHKDSK on it?
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  3. Posts : 1,398
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    Scuttlebutt elsewhere indicates not running any utility [which might even include not running chkdsk - yet] that writes to any suspect partition and/or hard-drive. Have you already tried Explorer.exe with Windows in Safe Mode? What happened? Would this hard-drive be running any sort of on-board/circuit-board encryption and/or software-level portal entrance -- which I have called "The Key that unlocks the hard-drive, The Key that allows access to whatever has been placed on said hard-drive."
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  4. Posts : 4
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    No idea what happened, literally woke up one day to find it empty, apparently though it somehow converted it self to mbr mode. So far I've done chkdsk (the drive is fine), safemode, swapping cables/ports and nothing. However I did use data recovery and it has found all my files, but I just wanted to be certain before I do anything substatial.
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  5. alphanumeric's Avatar
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    My D:\ data drive was MIA in My PC. after the upgrade to 1607. Disk management showed it as unallocated. I had everything backed up so I just formatted it and copied my stuff back. It only happen on that one PC. I have other PC's with dual drives and they were fine.
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  6. cereberus's Avatar
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    Try running minitool partion wizard free.
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