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I ran Data Life Guard Diag for Dos v5.20 via UBCD
The quick test was fine & I ran the longer test.
After 3 hours I needed the PC so I quit the test with the command on the screen (I didnt just turn it off).

My drive is a WD Caviar SE16
WD5000AAKS

So now my drive in unrecognised.

Any ideas?
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by:garycase
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Reboot to the UBCD and re-run the test.   Let it finish normally and the drive should be seen okay by Windows after that.
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... by the way, if this is a Windows system you should simply use Data Lifeguard for Windows.    Then you can use the computer without the need to interrupt the test.
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I have tried to re-run but the drive is not being picked up at all.
I have also tried the windows version, no luck either.
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>>  So now my drive in unrecognised.

Unrecognized by what?  The BIOS or Windows?  If the BIOS then look at your connections to the drive.  Try disconnecting the connection at both ends and then reconnecting.  Still no joy then see if it is recognized on another machine.

You said you tried the Windows version.  Can it see the disk or not?
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if the disk is seen in the bios, run HDDRegenerator : http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html      
you can run the free trial, and see if it finds and repairs the first sector - then buy it , to run it on the whole drive
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Drive isn't being picked up at all, either windows or bios.
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then you need a data recovery service, if you want to pay for the data (300$-and more)
gillware has good reviews; but here acouple :
http://www.lowcostrecovery.com/index.html                        data recovery Company
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http://www.drivesavers.com/services/estimates.html                     "           "                   "
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>>  Drive isn't being picked up at all, either windows or bios.

So try different cables and test on another machine.  No joy then either a new drive or data recovery service.
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by:citrine
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Tried that too.  Interestingly, i plugged it into a mac via usb & it came up as a 2gb drive in the mac's disk utility.
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How about USB to a Windows machine?
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USB to windows is a fail too
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>>  i plugged it into a mac via usb & it came up as a 2gb drive in the mac's disk utility.

This is the puzzling part, otherwise I'd say it is dead.  I'd try this again and see if it can identify the type of disk i.e. Western Digital etc.
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I've tried all that many times now. I might go and throw it towards a thick concrete wall.
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Yep, consider it dead then.
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i assume you don't want to pay for the data?
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It WAS a drive i inherited
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nice for you - but what do you mean with that?
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No data was on the drive
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then just buy a replacement drive; if it's bad in this way (not recognised in Bios)
nothing helps; sorry
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