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Can't initialize hard drive on computer due to data error cyclic redundancy check

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I just built this pc and I keep getting this error whenever i tried to initialize the hard drive. I currently have my os on my ssd and I can't seem to initialize the hard drive. I was wondering how to solve this issue or is it a hardware failure?
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  1. This error is most likely caused by corrupt data. Format your HDD (Slow format) and then it should work.
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  2. Zakario said:
    This error is most likely caused by corrupt data. Format your HDD (Slow format) and then it should work.


    The hard drive isn't partitioned yet and I can't partition it because of this error. Sorry about being unclear with my question
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    Hi there,

    most likely hardware.
    you can however (if warranty expired) try to clean the contacts on the controller-board of the harddrive.

    Sometimes those copper connections become black from corrosion and the smallest impact on the drive can move a (or some) pin(s) on the surface of the connector where there is corrosion. Its' enough for one pin to have a bad connection to stop working properly !

    you can remove the controller with a set of Torx screwdrivers. (usually between T5 and T9). There is no danger removing the controller as long as you don't open the Case !

    I made some pictures of a drive I checked recently:
    harddrive without controller: https://imageshack.com/i/ipwUcTP8j

    Controller with corroded contacts: https://imageshack.com/i/ex1MenDZj

    Scratch gently the contactpoints: https://imageshack.com/i/p1gV0Fohj

    Result: https://imageshack.com/i/pcxPRjt6j

    Don't use that Tools I used, use SANDPAPER instead !! (I didn't have)

    Let us know the result !
    Cheers, Louise.
    Reply to Louise Porkolt
  4. Louise Porkolt said:
    Hi there,

    most likely hardware.
    you can however (if warranty expired) try to clean the contacts on the controller-board of the harddrive.

    Sometimes those copper connections become black from corrosion and the smallest impact on the drive can move a (or some) pin(s) on the surface of the connector where there is corrosion. Its' enough for one pin to have a bad connection to stop working properly !

    you can remove the controller with a set of Torx screwdrivers. (usually between T5 and T9). There is no danger removing the controller as long as you don't open the Case !

    I made some pictures of a drive I checked recently:
    harddrive without controller: https://imageshack.com/i/ipwUcTP8j

    Controller with corroded contacts: https://imageshack.com/i/ex1MenDZj

    Scratch gently the contactpoints: https://imageshack.com/i/p1gV0Fohj

    Result: https://imageshack.com/i/pcxPRjt6j

    Don't use that Tools I used, use SANDPAPER instead !! (I didn't have)

    Let us know the result !
    Cheers, Louise.


    What a result! My HDD seemingly died a few days ago and I have tried numerous methods to try and recover the data from it without success.

    The drive was showing as a RAW partition that I could not get any data from (I used several different data/disk recovery programs) and would not 'initialise' in Disk Management, so I could not format either. I removed the PCB from the drive and found similarly corroded pads. I cleaned them carefully with a flat bladed precision screwdriver. I have now ran 'EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard' again and it is now slowly recovering my entire file structure and all my files.

    The bigger lessen I have learnt though is the importance of backing up and have now invested in a simple NAS running in RAID so that this is unlikely to happen again.

    Many thanks Louise!!!
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  5. sorry for late reply:

    You're welcome !!!
    Louise.
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  6. Louise Porkolt said:
    Hi there,

    most likely hardware.
    you can however (if warranty expired) try to clean the contacts on the controller-board of the harddrive.

    Sometimes those copper connections become black from corrosion and the smallest impact on the drive can move a (or some) pin(s) on the surface of the connector where there is corrosion. Its' enough for one pin to have a bad connection to stop working properly !

    you can remove the controller with a set of Torx screwdrivers. (usually between T5 and T9). There is no danger removing the controller as long as you don't open the Case !

    I made some pictures of a drive I checked recently:
    harddrive without controller: https://imageshack.com/i/ipwUcTP8j

    Controller with corroded contacts: https://imageshack.com/i/ex1MenDZj

    Scratch gently the contactpoints: https://imageshack.com/i/p1gV0Fohj

    Result: https://imageshack.com/i/pcxPRjt6j

    Don't use that Tools I used, use SANDPAPER instead !! (I didn't have)

    Let us know the result !
    Cheers, Louise.



    Hay i have the exact same problem can you please post that image for me too. I will be very glad to you. can you please i have the very big trouble for this.
    Reply to silentashish
  7. Sorry for late reply...
    I don't have the pics anymore... they were on some free site that is not keeping the pics for more than a month !

    give me your mailadress I will send some pics...

    Cheers, Louise !
    Reply to Louise Porkolt
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