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 Post subject: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:13 pm 
Sharptooth
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Like Monty Python's famed dead parrot, my old HP desktop finally decided to push up the daisies a few months ago. I have since rebuilt a new system - with an eight core AMD CPU & Crucial SSD boot drive. The new system works great, but it is having issues in identifying one of the two old Sata drives from my old HP. It has no problem in picking up my old 300 Gig Hatachi drive, but is having real issues in detecting the 250 Gig Seagate I was using for storage. Windows 7 shows the drive in disk management but won't let me mark it as an active partition or attach a drive letter. Suggestions? :?: Any help would be most appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:21 pm 
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You're not supposed to mark a partition as Active if it doesn't contain boot loader information. If you do that, then you'll have booting issues.

As for not being assigned a letter, are you trying to assign it something already in use? You could try to use another program like Partition Wizard to assign a drive letter or scan the partition using Test Disk to make sure nothing's wrong with it. If there's nothing of importance or you can replace the data on the drive, then it's easier to just reformat it.


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:04 pm 
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My main issue is that the Seagate was used to store photos and documents - hence why I would like to get the beast back up & running again. I tried booting with a live Linux DVD but that wouldn't even detect the drive. But when I move back to Win 7 it shows the Seagate as being there and healthy... it just wouldn't let me label or access the drive. Seriously a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment.


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:06 pm 
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I'd use Test Disk. It's probably just corrupted partition metadata which can (usually) be fixed. The tool will also fix partitions if they've gone bad, usually.


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:19 pm 
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I'd just put the drive you want the data off of into an external enclosure and plug it to a USB port. Then you could drag and drop as you need. (Unless the drive is totally hosed, then probably not.) I'm no expert here, but I routinely do just that to retrieve files I need from an old drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 4:46 am 
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Did you use win 7 to take possession of the drive?

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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:38 am 
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I attempted to use Win 7 to take possession of the drive but I fear Satan may have beat me to it. I will take a shot with the Test Disk route tomorrow and see what happens. Thanks for the advice!


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 Post subject: Re: Sata drive not recognized by Windows 7
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:26 am 
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I know...dumb question but did you install the chipset driver and sata driver for that motherboard? Try another data chord too.

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