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Secondary SATA Drive on Windows server 2008 R2 does not get recognized.

Dear Experts,
                      Recently there was a server boot issue, when i was checking the issue i found that the secondary HDD was making some issues. However i have managed to boot into the server with the primary and the secondary HDD.

OS: Windows Server 2008 R2
Primary HDD: 160 GB SATA ( C Drive )
Secondary HDD: 1TB SATA Seagate ( Other Partitions)

But this is how the drive partitions are listed now.
Please see the snapshot attached of My Computer ( http://i.imgur.com/aShdi.jpg)
When i click on the other drives except C then i get Drive inaccessible.
I see all the partitions of the secondary HDD but nothing works. It is like the raw drive( Please look in the My Computer Snapshot above).

After this i am Unable to Connect to Virtual Disk Service too.

Device Manager snapshot (http://i.imgur.com/RrBlf.jpg) if this could help.

Also other information on the Troubleshooting steps which i have tried till now.
Ran a SMART Test using seatool on the secondary HDD and it was passed. (Previously there was an error and it was rectified)
Tried to uninstall the HDD on device manager and rebooted still no go.
Restarted many times so that did not work.

Please help. Also let me know if you need any other information.



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IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Do you have any other machine with higher PSU power to connect this drive to?
If yes then connect it to another machine and go to Windows Disk Management (right click on my computer - manage - disk management). See if the drive shows as NTFS formatted.
Also, when you use any data recovery software such as GetDataBack www.runtime.org or Recuva www.recuva.com do any of these tools see the data on your partitions?
These two tests will show if the problem is on hardware level or file system level.

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Commented:
Hi noxcho,
            I do not have another machine with higher PSU power. But i checked it with a local technician near by, he showed me in his machine(disk management) that the HDD was healthy but it only showed 1 partition. However i will go back to him and check whether he has these data recovery softwares to check the problem is in HDD or filesystem. If it is filesystem what should i do? I already tried windows repair and windows memory diagnostic tool previously.. no go
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Only one partition? And how many partitions did you have on it actually? Not a good sign for HDD.

If it is file system issue then you need to use Recovery software to copy out data from this drive. If you are not interested in data then delete the partitions completely from this drive. Connect it to you machine and create new partitions.

Author

Commented:
I had 7 partitions in the secondary drive. I tried to reboot the machine today. The HDD went on the chkdsk. It gave me an error immediately saying "windows cannot recover master file table. CHKSK aborted"
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Corrupt MFT. Try to get the data off this drive ASAP.

Author

Commented:
Thankyou noxcho for your help and guidance. I took the HDD to a data recovery technician and he told me the HDD data is not recoverable now. He did try to help but in vain.
I have given it back to Seagate service center for replacement, the least i could get now is a replaced hdd.
This is my second seagate which has been bricked :( .

Anyways Hope this thread helps someone else.

noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Thanks for feedback sheik_in. Take backups as soon as you write portion of data to new drive. This is hardware and it could fail.
Take care
Nox