Data and/or file structures on the drive may be corrupt. Run the check disk program or other disk validation and repair utility on the drive. To do this:
Open Explorer or My Computer (Press Windows+E).
In the right pane, right-click on the drive you want to validate and select Properties.
Select the Tools tab.
Under Error-checking, click on "Check Now".
In the next dialog, make sure the option "Automatically fix file system errors" is checked. If you want a more complete validation and repair check the option "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" (although this takes considerably longer to complete).
If you are unsure the hard drive has failed, check that the power and data cables are securely connected to both the drive and the motherboard. You might also swap the cables out with known good cables.
If everything else checks out, then you will need to replace the defective hard drive.
FaultWire Staff Posted: 15-Jan-2009
Attach the Missing Drive
For local drives, attach the missing drive (USB, eSata, Firewire, etc.).
For removable media, insert the media (CD/DVD/Blu-ray) and try again.
For remote drives, verify you have a valid network connection to the remote system and that drive sharing is allowed.
FaultWire Staff Posted: 21-Oct-2009
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