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Mine is seagate 186G, when login into windows, in computer management, can see it as unformatted and unassigned, any suggestion, waiting online. thank.
Cannot see the drivers in explorer.(ST3200822AS)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You can't use it until you format it.  In computer management, right click the drive and create a partition.  Then right click on the partition and format.
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by:riadmelb
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Hi turbot_yu,

Is this a secondary hard disk in the computer? Or did you pull it out and put it into a different one?

Cheers!
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by:turbot_yu
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I have data on it.
Yes, the 2nd hard disk,
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Ah, so this is not a new drive.  Download the program Partition Table Doctor - the free version will identify the problems, the paid version will correct them.  Use the free version to ensure it can see issues and help you, then buy it if it can (it's relatively inexpensive at $40).  It's available at www.ptdd.com
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turbot_yu,

It might be a lost partition, don't right click and format because you loose all data. Download a recovery program and see if you can recover the lost partition or files. Try http://www.partition-recovery.com/download.htm.

Good luck.
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by:turbot_yu
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The http://www.partition-recovery.com/download.htm. only detect one with HDD 80h.

Is there any other free and nice one?
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by:bluepointx
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Are you sure that the IDE cable is OK?
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by:FriarTuk
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(restoration is good for file recovery/pc inspector can recover the root of a deleted or reformatted drive)
http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.html 
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by:riadmelb
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It should detect two, because wihndows is detecting both right?

Its hard to find free good recovery app, most of them have free trial to see if you can recover the files then buy it after that.

Try http://www.binarybiz.com/ and try the web recovery first to see if they can recover the files.

Also you can try http://www.runtime.org/downloads.htm the program called GetDataBack.

I've recovered files using both programs in the past.
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by:turbot_yu
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It is SATA cable

http://www.binarybiz.com/, not work, I download a 1M file, it said error, but cannot go on for detect.
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by:riadmelb
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Try http://www.runtime.org/downloads.htm GetDataBack
If this one cannot detect the harddisk, check all the cables and drivers for the sata controller.
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by:turbot_yu
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Running it, is there any driver need to notice?
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by:turbot_yu
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I tried get data back, but no found file system, :(
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by:nobus
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did you try to connect the disk to another sata connector - with another sata cable?
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by:riadmelb
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Do the following:
1. Run getdataback
2. Select Systematic file system damage then click next
3. High light the drive then select next

If no files are found then most likely the drive is physically damage and cannot be repaired by normal software. You need to take it to a recovery lab.
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by:FriarTuk
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Have you tried PC Inspector or Restoration yet???

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Desktops/Q_21927201.html#17157948
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by:turbot_yu
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Now the disk no longer appear in the list of GetDataback, but still can be detected by BIOS, but have error.

The pc Inspector file recovery also cannot find the lost phisical drive. :(
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by:riadmelb
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Can windows detect the drive in Disk Management?
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by:nobus
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i think your disk is dying . . .
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by:turbot_yu
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sometime windows can detect the drive in Disk Management
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by:riadmelb
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I'm not sure if you have enough computer knowledge, but can you check all the cables for the disk or even connect it to a different controller. Maybe the controller causing the issue here.
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by:FriarTuk
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have you tried running the mfg drive diagnostics (below) to chkdsk /r from safe mode command prompt?

Seagate
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
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by:turbot_yu
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Yes, already tried
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by:riadmelb
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The last thing I would suggest is to have a look at SeaTools at http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/

Run both the online and desktop versions of the applications and see if that does detect any errors
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by:FriarTuk
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since running the Seagate drive diagnostics & recovery softwasre didn't work, you may need to try taking it to a computer shop & have them try recovering the data for you  (keep your drive - reformat, & test it to see if it is still good for usage)

you could also try putting it into a plastic ziploc for a few hours, then try connecting back to your pc - if it works, you'll need to copy the data off to another drive ASAP
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