Dropped Macbook, optical disk hardrive not recognised

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  1. nimitron macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    Sadly a few moments ago I dropped my Macbook pro and now the secondary hardrive in the optical disk space is not being recognised, I don't see it in disk utilty anymore also. Is there anything I can do? or is there a way I can find out it si dead without opening it up?

    This is what it says in error log.
    16/03/2015 21:05:46.000 kernel[0]: hfs: err 6 reading VH blk (vol=Macintosh HD)
    16/03/2015 21:05:46.000 kernel[0]: hfs: unmount initiated on Macintosh HD on device disk1s2
    16/03/2015 21:05:46.000 kernel[0]: hfs: err 6 reading VH blk (vol=Macintosh HD)
    16/03/2015 21:05:46.322 fseventsd[44]: disk logger: failed to open output file /Volumes/Macintosh HD/.fseventsd/0000000001393742 (No such file or directory). mount point /Volumes/Macintosh HD/.fseventsd
    16/03/2015 21:05:46.323 fseventsd[44]: disk logger: failed to open output file /Volumes/Macintosh HD/.fseventsd/0000000001393742 (No such file or directory). mount point /Volumes/Macintosh HD/.fseventsd

    I fear it may be dead but I guess I need someone else to call it!

    Any help appreciated thanks
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    That's bad luck...
    One difficulty with having a spinning hard drive in the optical drive slot is - there's no access to the Sudden Motion sensor, which will park/shutdown the hard drive. The Optical port does not have access that protection.

    You could try a PRAM or SMC reset. I doubt it will help.
    You will likely need to remove the hard drive, and test in an external case.
    If the hard drive is mechanically damaged, then there's not much you can do, except replace it. Data on that hard drive likely will not be easy to rescue, without sending the drive to a data recovery service (big money for that service :( ) I hope you have your data backed up.
     
  3. juanm macrumors 65816

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    One thing that's often worked for me is to try to access malfunctioning hard drives from a different OS than the one that was used to create it. For instance, if I had a drive formatted in NTFS under windows, I opened it from my OS X partition, and tried a salvage operation with Data Rescue 3 from there. I've also had Mac drives I got to partially save by booting into a Windows partition. Of course, it'll only work if the disk still kinda works...
     
  4. doynton macrumors 6502

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    unplug and replug the cable - it may just have become dislodged.
     
  5. hallux macrumors 68020

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    That would be step #1 for me. The cable quite possibly got dislodged.
     
  6. nimitron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies guys, I'll unplug her over the weekend.

    Whats the deal with this PRAM reset? I've read some scary stuff saying use it as a last resort etc..
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    PRAM reset isn't a big deal, but it won't fix the damage a disk receives when it's dropped. Either your disk has been damaged or a connector is loose. My money's on disk damage.
     
  8. nimitron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone I'll open it up and see if anything is loose
     

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