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500gig HDD not recognized by BIOS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Swiper, Mar 11, 2009.

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  1. Swiper

    Swiper Thread Starter

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    Hello

    I have 500gig seagate drive that will not show up in BIOS
    Tried on 3 different motherboards
    Its a SATA drive

    Does anyone know of any good utility programs that will scan the SATA controllers in an attempt to locate this drive
    the drive was working yesterday without issue
    no power surges etc..... just decided to not work during a update/reboot of system.

    I have tried some utilities but without it appearing in BIOS, I guess there is not a whole lot I can do
    Was hoping someone may know of a utility that will search the SATA controller for anything connected to it etc..

    Thanks
     
  2. Swiper

    Swiper Thread Starter

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    Well, don't think any of those tools I was asking for will work
    Appears that this drive is not getting any power to it
    no matter which power cable / or even power supply I use


    Any ideas how I can get power to it (long enough) to get data from it
    :)

    hehe
     
  3. crjdriver

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    If the drive does not ID in the bios, you are wasting your time with any utilities.

    If you have it plugged into a working power connector, then there is not much you can do except replace the drive and restore your backup of the drive.
     
  4. daniel_b2380

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    they say you can zip-lok it,
    freezer for 4 - 6 hrs,
    say prayer to the great computer god,
    make the sign of ms over it,
    do a quick plug-in,
    and hope..........
     
  5. daniel_b2380

    daniel_b2380

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    ps,
    forget the part about sacrificing the eldest child,
    it don't help,
    already tried it, twice..............
    .
    wait a minute,
    or was that the youngest?...........
     
  6. crjdriver

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    I doubt the freezer trick will work since the problem seems to be drive electrics. Using the freezer sometimes works for drives that are experiencing bearing failure.

    You really have only about three options;

    1 Attempt to swap the circuit board on the drive. Note this must be one from the same type of drive.

    2 Take the drive to a data recovery shop. This is NOT a cheap option. Data recovery costs do vary by area however where I live it starts at $125 or so for a simple recovery and goes up from there.

    3 Just replace the drive and restore the backup you hopefully made.
     
  7. Swiper

    Swiper Thread Starter

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    I have no problem paying for another exact drive, but is it easy to swap boards out.
    This drive had a known issue with it and also had a firmware update to correct it, but since people don't go looking for this stuff until it actually dies, its really useless.

    I think mr.seagate should have some responsibility to attempt to replace the board and send back this drive with all its contents on it since they knew a problem existed.

    I am mechanically inclined enough to swap boards, just curious if this is a difficult task or requires any soldering at all. ( I don't have any soldering tools )

    thx !!
     
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