About a week ago I got the dreaded blue screen of death while doing a virus scan on my laptop pc.
It seems that my lappy HDD had decided it had done enough in this lifetime and failed. There were about 6 bad sectors found when running a disk check. It refused to boot up windows, so i replaced the HDD and reloaded everything I could.
I then decided to get an IDE converter and run the disk as a slave in order to recover as much as possible. Unfortunately the IDE converter had a 40 pin connector with no blocked off pin 20(?), so it wouldn't fit my IDE cable.
And the lappy hdd gave no indication as to which pin was pin 1 etc.
So I have mounted the HDD in an external USB caddy and plugged it into another machine.
Windows detects it and installs it as a removable mass storage device. Unfortunately the size of this storage device is 0 bytes. Error checking and fixing won't work because there is nothing to check! And running a backup programme backs up 0 bytes (unsurprisingly)
I am about to chuck the lot in the bin and put it down to experience, but if anyone knows anything else I can try, please let me know.
A bit strange.... my brother's external HDD did this once, just lost all his info for no reason... could be anything I suppose, windows deciding to delete the partition, power issues...? If windows recognises the HDD then the hardware must be okay, so I'd chuck it personally.