How to overwrite HDD that hangs the machine when plugged in (either directly through motherboard's S

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  1. bigmammapump

    bigmammapump MDL Novice

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    Hello, everyone!

    My laptop's HDD became non-responsive after I ran CHKDSK with /F command from Windows 8.1 OS that was installed on it. The system couldn't boot from the disk thereafter. It hang every time at start-up screen where manufacturer's logo was displayed. Not only couldn't the OS boot from the HDD but it also couldn't boot from the DVD although BIOS settings had been set appropriately to allow OS installation in this manner (and this startled me).

    At that point I decided to use a USB enclosure to connect the disk to another laptop. Now every time I connect the disk via USB, I can see it in the Windows Explorer under "Devices and drives" section. However, my system slows down considerably (Task Manager shows high disk usage) and I can see a progress bar (built-in into the background of the path field of the Windows Explorer window) moving fast at first and then slowing down at the end but not disappearing. Fortunately, I've been able to transfer the data.

    The part I consider to be the most interesting: when the disk is plugged-in via USB I neither can launch DISKPART nor management console's "Disk Management". DISKPART halts at copyright banner. Mangement console's "Disk Management" displays blank window instead of disks and status bar with "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service..." message. When the disk disconnects, everything works as it normally does: disk usage drops, DISKPART launches properly and Disk Management lists all the disks.

    Turning the original laptop on with no disk inside makes it possible to launch OS installation from DVD but as soon as the disk is plugged-in (USB), the cursor switches to "wait" status (can be moved around) with installation window hanging (buttons and links not clickable) until the disk is disconnected. When the disk is disconnected, all becomes normal: cursor is an arrow, "Refresh" link and other buttons work.

    I've tried to format the disk by right-clicking on it in the Windows Explorer. The "Quick Format" was set as default so I went with this option. What surprised me again was that formatting progress bar wasn't moving and completed in an instant a few minutes later when the formatting ended successfully. This procedure haven't changed the odd behavior of the disk but freed-up its space.

    Windows Explorer being the only means of interaction with the disk, one thing I can do is try to format it again but this time with "Quick Format" box unchecked and wait up to several hours with my fingers crossed (no progress bar). Another option is to ask for your advice.

    P.S. I've launched CHKDSK with the disk's volume as parameter but so far it looks like it's stuck showing "The type of the file system is NTFS" message for the last 15 minutes or so. I think it's the furthest CHKDSK is going to go.
     
  2. Tiger-1

    Tiger-1 MDL Guru

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  3. WindowsGeek

    WindowsGeek MDL Senior Member

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    I think is time for a new HD;)
     
  4. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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  5. Hadron-Curious

    Hadron-Curious MDL Guru

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    I agree with you it is time to get a new hard disk drive and use this old one for external storage if you can finally fix it.
     
  6. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    i wouldnt risk to put info in a failing HD once they go bad is a waste of time to try to fix them.
     
  7. bpwnes

    bpwnes MDL Member

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    You have a drive that is complete toast. Data recovery is still technically possible, but it will take several weeks to months to do so in it's current state. Replace the drive and reinstate from a backup. I've dealt with similar drive recovery situations with very spotty results. Trust me, it's not worth the effort.
     
  8. hearywarlot

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    #9 hearywarlot, Jul 12, 2017
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  9. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    UBCD4Win or hirens boot cd . org works easier with no need to change sata modes most times.
     
  10. TigTex

    TigTex MDL Junior Member

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    Well, he hasn't been online since the day he posted this. So, let's wait and see what he did, I guess...
     
  11. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    he must be out looking for a new HD;)
     
  12. taviruni

    taviruni MDL Member

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    That HD is dead, let it rest in peace.
     
  13. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    Not to flog a dead horse, but that drive is pretty much toast.
     
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  14. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    And those magnets are also good for magnetizing screwdrivers. Be careful when you get them out because they break easily.