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08-06-2015, 12:21 PM
Everything was going sweetly yesterday afternoon when PC started to make ticking sounds (mechanical not audio) LED was indicating that HD was accessing.
This went on for maybe 30 - 40 secs then stopped.
Everything appeared normal until I had a need to retrieve a file from my E drive - Gone. Not only the file but the whole bloody drive.
I had C, D and E drives. Now E and all it contained has disappeared - not a happy chappy.
I don't know whether the missing drive is physical or is logical.
What the hell could have happened. Even more worrying - is it likely to continue?
Should I get a new HD installed quick?? Is my missing drive recoverable??
Ideas ?
HP Pavillion Elite HPE with Win 7

Alex B
08-06-2015, 12:30 PM
A ticking HDD is a mechanical fault. Yes it needs replaced. Can you get your data back? Maybe, but probably not. Ideas? Have backups of important data.

08-06-2015, 12:32 PM
One other thing to check ( adding to Alex's Post) make sure the SATA power Cable is plugged in firmly, if you have another plug available try that, seen power related problems make drives click as well as disappear. ( Even more so if its still got the original HP PSU)

Alex B
08-06-2015, 12:36 PM
Good point, you will hear the same click on an under powered external USB drive also.

08-06-2015, 12:39 PM
There are also some cheap IDE / SATA to USB driver converters that may help as well..

08-06-2015, 12:51 PM
Restore your most recent backup of E: onto a new physical disk. If there are other logical volumes on the same physical disk as the original E: drive, move those to a new physical disk.

08-06-2015, 03:49 PM
Is my missing drive recoverable??

Often yes . It will be expensive though, more than most are willing to pay.
If you really need the old data, disconnect the drive & take it to a data recovery specialist .

08-06-2015, 03:58 PM
Right click your start button, choose manage, go to disk management, you will get a graphical representation of physical disks and partitions. Sometimes drives will still show up there when faulty if windows detects the drive but will not show up in my computer unless partitioned, formatted, and working properly. Don't reformat or repartiton anything at this stage though or you seriously hurt your chances of ever recovering anything.

That should help you to figure out if you have more than one physical drive, alternatively take the cover off and have a look. If E: was a partition on the same drive as the others I'd be even more worried but odds are it's a separate physical drive that's having some kind of issue. While you have the side off check the connections as Wainui suggested.

08-06-2015, 04:52 PM
Tick tick tick is a hardware fault.
If you really need data recovered, disconnect it now & dont play around with it.....you could be letting it destroy the platters