Seeing as how the drive was working fine (I was in the middle of watching a
downloaded TV show) and then I got a bunch of Windows error messages and the
drive only disappeared after restart, this sounds like it's probably Window's
fault. Before I take it to a technician, I'd like to first find out if
there's any software solutions. The drive still shows up in the BIOS, Device
Manager, and Disk Manager, and I'm pretty sure most hardware problems would
prevent the drive from working at all.
"Rick Rogers" wrote:
> Bring it to a technician for drive recovery. They should first image the
> disk to prevent loss of data, then start recovery efforts. The drive itself
> may have a mechanical failure.
> Best of Luck,
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
> "S Murder" <SMurder@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> > All of a sudden I started getting error messages about a security
> > infringement (something about a file size mismatch) and then a message
> > about
> > not having genuine Windows. I restarted my computer and an update was
> > supposed to install, but upon start up it hadn't installed and now my
> > 500GB
> > hard drive that has all of my media, documents, photos, etc. isn't
> > working.
> > Windows says it hasn't been initialized, and I know if I initialize it
> > I'll
> > have to reformat it and lose almost 500GB of data. How do I fix this?