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  • HDD 1: Not working
  • HDD 2: Working

I accidentally disconnected the SATA to motherboard cable, with the power suply cable still attached (from HDD 1). It crashed my Ubuntu, and when I connected the SATA cable back to HDD 1, it doesn't work.

The computer can't see any of my HDDs, but when I disconnect the SATA HDD 1 cable again, it sees my other drive (HDD 2)!

HDD 1 is making a spinning noise.

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Just as a comment, SATA supports hotplug per spec and it's unlikely that the drive was damaged. I did that several times myself and everything has worked fine. – whitequark Nov 30 '10 at 18:06
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use an external enclosure/case to see if it can read anything

just to clarify what part of the computer doesnt see the hdd? the BIOS or the OS/LiveCD?

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None of them sees the hdd. – Ufonautas Nov 30 '10 at 18:07
here this is all you need, and im sure they'll ship it to your country.… – madmaze Nov 30 '10 at 19:41
also try a different computer maybe? – madmaze Nov 30 '10 at 19:43

If BIOS can't see the drive and you already tried madmaze's suggestion, the last ditch is switching out the controller board with something similar. Check fleabay/newegg/tiger for similar drives.

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Is buying external cases are the only solution? Becouse they are expensive in my country – Ufonautas Nov 30 '10 at 18:27
not a lot else you can do here. imo something fried when you hot swapped a non-hotswappable drive – RobotHumans Nov 30 '10 at 18:45

If possible you should try using a external HDD case, or a HD Dock of some sort.

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No, but i have tried to connect it to other PC. It doesn't work there too. – Ufonautas Nov 30 '10 at 19:43
This is really a comment, not an answer to the question. Please use "add comment" to leave feedback for the author. – Diogo Aug 10 '12 at 19:10

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