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Hard Drive not recognised by Windows

Luca M

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Need a bit of help on an issue with an Internal SATA 2.5" Hard Drive.

I have removed this drive from a working laptop which had a dual boot of Linux and Windows on it. I would like to use the hard drive for another application however when I have inserted it into a USB caddy, the hard drive is not recognised at all by windows (bar the icon in the corner saying that the device had been successfully installed). The Hard drive is no where to be seen in Windows Explorer.

I have tried to use some free hard drive partition/recovery program which can see the hard drive, however it has greyed out all options of a reformat, repartition and so on.

Does anyone have any ideas which I can try?

The hard drive, when returned to the laptop, will boot perfectly into Windows and Linux.

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"a lot of bad sectors" a few is normal, is it able to repair the bad sectors? but if there are a lot then sounds like the drive could fail at any time.

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