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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3825 on: January 16, 2019, 04:43:41 am »

Some time last year I managed to remove the letter for my DVD drive. I have a need to use it again, so I've gone into partition manager to redo everything, but it isn't there. The drive works fine on my Linux partition and is fine in device manager, but it does not show up anywhere else, so I can't get to using it again.

Any advice? I'm on Windows 7
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« Reply #3826 on: January 16, 2019, 05:13:04 am »

Open windows explorer.

Right click on My Computer, and choose "Manage".

Choose "Disk management"

Find the device in the list, right click on it, and choose "change drive letter and paths"

Assign a letter.

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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3827 on: January 16, 2019, 05:16:21 am »

Open windows explorer.

Right click on My Computer, and choose "Manage".

Choose "Disk management"

Find the device in the list, right click on it, and choose "change drive letter and paths"

Assign a letter.

Bob's your uncle.
That's the problem. It's not in disk management, but appears in device manager without issue and continues to be fully functional outside of Windows. I've uninstalled and reinstalled drivers,  and done basically everything short of formatting or screwing with the registry to try to fix it.
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« Reply #3828 on: January 16, 2019, 05:36:51 am »

Ok.. Hmm..

Try putting a disc in the tray first.

That will cause windows to find a volume with a unique volume ID in that drive. (where otherwise, it has a null value, and so does not appear in the list part of disk management.) You should then see it in the list, and should be able to assign a letter.
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3829 on: January 16, 2019, 05:54:28 am »

I did that, and nothing. In fact, I am pretty sure I just caught the disk tray at the very moment it started dying, hence all the problems. It no longer is detected in the bios or in Linux either. Oh, well, it IS 12~ish years old.
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« Reply #3830 on: January 16, 2019, 06:10:01 am »

Try going to a cmd prompt and run "diskpart"

In diskpart, wait for the prompt (it needs to scan for drives like disk manager does) then type "list volume" and see what comes up.

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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3831 on: January 16, 2019, 04:13:14 pm »

It may be a meme but have you tried unplugging and plugging it in again? (going into the computer, physically disconnecting the drive's data and power cable, and then reconnecting them). 

Back when I did computer repair in a shop I remember having a computer with a similar issue.  Nothing I did in software or with drivers made it show up but after I got into the internals and started fiddling with connectors windows saw it again.

That said I would think it would not show up in device manager if it was a loose connector, but it's worth a shot and cheaper than a new drive if it does work.  And if you order a new drive off amazon or newegg it will take time to ship anyway.
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« Reply #3832 on: January 16, 2019, 10:58:59 pm »

It can be a faulty cable or SATA port on the motherboard too. Assuming that there's one known good SATA port+cable, put the drive on that one and the C-Drive to the one the DVD drive is currently using. See if that changes anything. If so, either the port itself or the cable is suspect.

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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3833 on: January 16, 2019, 11:21:09 pm »

This is the part I am not grasping here.

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The drive works fine on my Linux partition

If true, that effectively rules out cable and port issues.

So.. Hmm...
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« Reply #3834 on: January 17, 2019, 01:52:58 am »

Hey guys, my computer has very recently decided to shit itself completely.
Googling the error code given when it fails to start up led me to this guide, and I was hoping to get a verdict on whether said guide (and the program 'Easy Recovery Essentials' that it recommends) is legit, or just a ploy to dump a fuckload of malware into my already-crippled laptop and, presumably, steal all my shit.

If y'all think it's above board I will probably head to the library and download it.
No idea what specifically caused this problem, or how much data loss I'll be looking at. D:
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Re: The Generic Computer Advice Thread
« Reply #3835 on: January 17, 2019, 02:15:06 am »

What is the error code?

I can likely help you diagnose it better than any guide can, and without any BS software
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« Reply #3836 on: January 17, 2019, 12:48:23 pm »

Judging by the URL of the link he posted, it's probably 0xc0000001. Either bad system files or dead memory, and since he's not got any idea what did it I'd default to assuming the latter but it's still worth trying recovery.

Yoink: Assuming you're neither of the people who actually has access to all the recovery media your laptop shipped with, probably the easiest, cheapest thing to try to either access your data or rule out all the fixable causes is to see if you can find a friend to let you make a bootable USB on their system of whatever OS you want (EDIT: And if you know which one you want, anyone here can tell you what you need; the process is fairly automatic now) and try booting from that and seeing if your files are still there.
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« Reply #3837 on: January 17, 2019, 11:58:45 pm »

Thanks for the help, guys! Yeah, that's the one.
So, would a fresh OS install actually be easier than trying to repair it?
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« Reply #3838 on: January 18, 2019, 12:07:42 am »

Thanks for the help, guys! Yeah, that's the one.
So, would a fresh OS install actually be easier than trying to repair it?

Maybe, but I was suggesting something different. 0xc0000001 could be a problem with critical OS files, or it could be your hardware, probably your hard drive, that's broken. Without being able to boot we can't tell, which also means we don't know if reinstalling the OS will help; it may be there's nothing working on to which you could reinstall it. Making bootable external media solves both problems at once, and lets you see directly if your disk is bad by seeing if it's readable while you're booting from USB. From there you can back up your data and/or repair the OS, assuming your memory's okay. 

EDIT: Before I forget, it will also let you check your drive's SMART data, which includes internal diagnostics that can help detect impending failure.
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« Reply #3839 on: January 18, 2019, 12:22:36 am »

Ohhh, I getcha.
Yeah I guess I could do that, assuming whatever OS I go with isn't too big a file to download at the library. Might have to buy a new flash drive, though.

I have no idea what OS to go with, mind. I'm pretty sure my laptop was running *shudder* Windows 8. I'd really rather go back to something older, but I guess it doesn't matter too much if I'm just making an external one?
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