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Hard drive not being recognized anymore on Desktop

I swapped sata cables and it seems that the computer recognizes the optical drive no problem but, sometimes does not recognize the hard drive. Other times it does recognize the hard drive but, the windows operating system will never boot up.

Now, the computer acts as if the hard drive isn't even there. I have disconnected the hard drive and turned the computer on just to see what kind of error message it would give me and it's the exact same message as when the hard drive is actually plugged in.

I'm pretty sure that the hard drive is toast but, i was wondering if there is a way to take an internal hard drive and plug it into a laptop via some kind of sata-to-usb cable/adapter? This way i can at least salvage some data/confirm that the hard drive is at fault.

CAn someone provide some guidance ?
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    dietcokesucks said:
    I swapped sata cables and it seems that the computer recognizes the optical drive no problem but, sometimes does not recognize the hard drive. Other times it does recognize the hard drive but, the windows operating system will never boot up.

    Now, the computer acts as if the hard drive isn't even there. I have disconnected the hard drive and turned the computer on just to see what kind of error message it would give me and it's the exact same message as when the hard drive is actually plugged in.

    I'm pretty sure that the hard drive is toast but, i was wondering if there is a way to take an internal hard drive and plug it into a laptop via some kind of sata-to-usb cable/adapter? This way i can at least salvage some data/confirm that the hard drive is at fault.

    CAn someone provide some guidance ?


    The hard drive isn't coming ready because it is physically failed due to electronic or mechanical faults.

    This can be a simple issue that can be resolved by professionals for a few hundred dollars or it can be a serious failure and cost upwards of a thousand dollars to recover data.

    YOu can of course use a SATA to USB cable adapter or a Dock to connect it to another computer. That will rule out anything being wrong with the laptop.
    Beyond that, there's nothing you can do on your own safely.
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