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 Post subject: HDD can't be in initialized
PostPosted: September 2nd, 2017, 4:32 
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Hello there,


after a few years of use my 2tb Sata HDD stopped working.


I tried to install a game on it, then it gave me the Hardware issue notification (0x45d) that I couldn't install the game on it. I tried to delete the folder, and I even could delete it, but it took very long for explorer.

Then, I downloaded Disk Defrag tried to let it work on it, the program had an error (like usually in the past, thats why I don't like defragging because it takes very long and sometimes it gives error).
I closed the program, tried to restart pc, it took very long to shut down the pc so I just pressed the restart button.

Windows couldn't start so it did a recovery... and everytime I start pc it takes very long to start windows.

Now, the hdd where I tried to install the game isn't usuable, Windows tells me I have to initialize it before using it, I tried both methods but it did not work.


What should I do? I searched google and found out that I could change the jumper on it to make it work again, but therefore I have to format the hdd and I would lose some of my data (the guy formated his hdd and let a program search for his lost data)



thanks in advance


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 Post subject: Re: HDD can't be in initialized
PostPosted: September 2nd, 2017, 7:15 
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Most likely your drive is damaged and you shouldn't attempt to format it. Changing jumpers on a SATA drive (or ID for that matter) will not help you out if the drive was working and now it's not.

If you need the data on the drive you should consider the use of a professional data recovery service.

There might be still ways to gain access to the data by yourself and / or clone the drive to a new working one in order to attempt data recovery on it.

What is the model/brand of the drive ?

Does it properly detects on BIOS with correct capacity and model ?

Is the drive spinning at all ? Can you ear any strange noises like clicking ?

Can you get a S.M.A.R.T. report of the drive ith something like Victoria for windows or MHDD, etc ... ?

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