About volume serial number of HD


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Digitalwight

I am not sure if this is a right place to ask the following question. If
not, please guide me to the right place.

One of my hard drive got pot meaning that when it is used as a single
primary drive, BIOS immediately tell the boot failure message.
When the drive is connected as slave, Win Explorer still recognizes and
lists it in the tree with a drive letter F:. When I try to see the files
therein by clicking the drive letter, an error message comes up as below:

F:\ is not accessible
The wrong diskette is in the drive.
Insert (volume serial number:) into G:\

When I examine the drive with a utility software that will show the
volume serial number (VSN), it returns blank. So I suppose the drive
lost the VSN ot it has been corrupted or damaged.
So I used the software to create a new VSN by typing a string of text.
Then I got an error message:

Please enter a valid 8 digit hex number!

I want to know what shall I do now. Am I supposed to enter an
eight-letter string made of 0 and 1 to represent a certain numerical and
alphabetical chain? Incidentally, when I retrieved the VSN from another
healthy drive for reference, it was "047C-8g80". This does not seem an 8
digit hex number and if I convert to hex number it will be a lot longer
than 8 digits.

Please help.
 
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Gary Chanson

Digitalwight said:
I am not sure if this is a right place to ask the following question. If
not, please guide me to the right place.

One of my hard drive got pot meaning that when it is used as a single
primary drive, BIOS immediately tell the boot failure message.
When the drive is connected as slave, Win Explorer still recognizes and
lists it in the tree with a drive letter F:. When I try to see the files
therein by clicking the drive letter, an error message comes up as below:

F:\ is not accessible
The wrong diskette is in the drive.
Insert (volume serial number:) into G:\

When I examine the drive with a utility software that will show the
volume serial number (VSN), it returns blank. So I suppose the drive
lost the VSN ot it has been corrupted or damaged.
So I used the software to create a new VSN by typing a string of text.
Then I got an error message:

Please enter a valid 8 digit hex number!

I want to know what shall I do now. Am I supposed to enter an
eight-letter string made of 0 and 1 to represent a certain numerical and
alphabetical chain? Incidentally, when I retrieved the VSN from another
healthy drive for reference, it was "047C-8g80". This does not seem an 8
digit hex number and if I convert to hex number it will be a lot longer
than 8 digits.

No, it is an 8 digit hex number. A hex number is made up of digits with
the range of 0-9 and A-F which represents numbers from 0 to 15.

Your problems with this drive are probably more then a missing VSN.
This is a symptom that either the drive is failing or has been corrupted.
There are various diagnostic tools which can test the drive and possibly
recover your data (but don't count on it). You do, of course, have a backup
of the drive, right? ];-)
 

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