Is it possible to FIX emmc drives?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by silashack, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. silashack

    silashack MDL Novice

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    HP Pavilion X2 Detachable with 64gb 'hard drive' has major issue since the owner tried to do a recent Windows 10 update.

    I have thrown all sorts at this, gparted and the likes and nothing I have will allow me to fix the drive and get it working again.

    diskpart, fdisk, gparted aome partitiion manger all see the drive but will not complete any action, I even tried a low level format and that just indicated that everything (till i stopped it) was a bad block.

    It is a very nice little machine and I would like to recover it if i can, rather than junk it, and yes I have tried Windows to go and whilst it works, I am not a fan.

    Any help or suggestions appreciated
     
  2. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    If it has a bad block.... get a new drive. It's can't magically be fixed
     
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  3. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    I totally agree with the previous recommendation. The only way to repair is two bricks or "throw into the sea".
     
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  4. silashack

    silashack MDL Novice

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    It's not a drive, it is emmc memory and not removable, well not without specialist gear
     
  5. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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    Can it be disabled in the bios and install a new drive?
     
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  6. silashack

    silashack MDL Novice

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    NO, this machine does NOT have any internal drives or space, the 'drive' is memory and is soldered to the board, as it says in the title it is emmc
     
  7. Atari800XL

    Atari800XL MDL Addicted

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    Not sure if this would work, but maybe you can "split it in two" (no, not with the bricks), then test if either of these two partitions still works? If so, you could use one and hide the other.
    I have used this method on some old hard disks, I would actually be surprised if this would work on eMMC.
     
  8. silashack

    silashack MDL Novice

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    Again, NONE of the usual partition type packages are having any effect on the space, they are unable to complete any action, that includes, delete, resize, create, ammend or any other action.

    I have not been able to find any tools that work on emmc 'drives'

    dikspart does not work, format does not work, fdisk does not work etc etc
     
  9. Joe C

    Joe C MDL Guru

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  10. TigTex

    TigTex MDL Member

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    Probably you can boot parted magic or a linux distribution with hdparm command line tool, and force a enhanced secure erase on that drive and possible restore it's health. I've done that a few times to refurb devices with that type of solid state drives.
     
  11. MS_User

    MS_User MDL Guru

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    everything in that machine is built in the mobo...if is brick your done u need a new mobo.
     
  12. pf100

    pf100 MDL Expert

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    I'm a month late to the party, but why don't you get a micro usb or external hdd/ssd and install windows/linux to that?