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Hard Drive Offline

Last response: in Storage
June 23, 2011 5:29:58 PM

I have a WD7501 AALS on a small Windows 2003 SBS Server. It shows as offline in Disk Management. It shows no partitions or volumes. I cannot get it to come back online using Disk Management.

I have tried using diskpart and it can see the drive and two partitions. I can't see any volumes. diskpart can't get it back on line.

If I boot a live Linux disk. After a significant wait I can see the partitions, mount them and access the data. GParted can see the partitions and the ntfs files systems on them. It recognizes them as corrupted. It tells me to run "chkdsk /f" - twice. But I can't, Windows doesn't see the volumes.

Running the WD diagnostics I get a failure "Cable Test:: read diagnostics sector error".

Any idea what the problem is and can it be fixed?

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June 24, 2011 7:58:54 PM

I've decided to reformat and test the drive. I was able to resolve some of the issues that way. It is now online but still fails the WD diagnostics and the Seagate diagnostics.