Hard Drives Problems

By Darkchimaira ·
I have 2 hard drives 1 is a WD and the other is a seagate both seem to have the same problem and strangely enough both are from the same customer. If u plug them into a pc via sata the pc doesnt boot, but when u plug them in via usb external they show in disk management. There they show as uninitialized, and u receive an error when u try to initialize it. Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Well what do the Makers Testing Utilities tell you about these Drives?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Hard Drives Problems

Seagate Tool is Seatools and is available here

Make sure to get the Seatools for DOS copy

And Wester en Digital has Data Lifeguard here

Again you want the DOS one.

Make the 2 CD's and then test one drive at a time. If it fails the first test plug into a different computer and test again. If it still fails the test the Drive is dead and gone to Silicon Heaven but if it passes the second test the Data Lead, Power Supply or M'Board in the first computer is damaged and need repairing.


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Cant get into Dos

by Darkchimaira In reply to Well what do the Makers T ...

I cant use dos coz the pc wont boot if the hard drives are connected at startup. Can only connect drives in windows.

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Well you could try the Windows Versions of the Utilities

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Cant get into Dos

But I'm not sure how well that they work that way.

If you are unable to boot to the POST with the HDD attached it really sounds like a lack of Power to start off with.


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can you view the drives if you boot from cd?

by Snuffy09 In reply to Hard Drives Problems

Try windows ultimate boot cd and run hard drive utilities...

Or boot from windows cd to recovery console and run chkdsk /f /r

when you boot to windows with the drive(s) installed are there any errors in event log?

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by Darkchimaira In reply to can you view the drives i ...

Like i said in last post cant connect hdd, only in windows. I will check event log later today.

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WD Tools and boot

by Darkchimaira In reply to Hard Drives Problems

Took hdd home and put them in my pc, and they take a while but it boots, drive is in bios but size is blank. Used the wd dos tool at home on hdd and it says doesnt recoqnize hdd. Tried the windows version and it picked up the hdd but also gave an error when running test 1 and 2.

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Well if that's the case here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to WD Tools and boot

That Drive is Toast and in Silicon Heaven

If it's still Under Guaranteer RMA it to the Country Distributer for replacement or the retailer where it was purchased.


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low level format

by power zhu In reply to Hard Drives Problems

It seems that you have to try low level format now, there must be hardware problem.

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Try Linux setup

by oldbaritone In reply to low level format

Don't install Linux, if you don't want, but try using a Linux boot/install CD and see what (if anything) comes up as the partitions.

Maybe some third-party software (such as whole-disk encryption) has been installed on the drive by the customer. Particularly since two drives from the same customer have the same issue, you need to find out what's going on.

And if (heaven forbid) it's a virus (like a rootkit) causing the problem, it's less likely to spread when you're booted in Linux. ALWAYS BE CAREFUL when plugging a "dead" drive into a good system - it can be a disaster - you could infect your own computer with the same problem the customer has.

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by Darkchimaira In reply to Try Linux setup

I will try the linux disk. It doesnt seem like i will get another solution.

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