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wd hard drive locked?

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  1. Dwel

    Dwel Thread Starter

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    I have a wd 3200 sata hdd. i have been using it for about a year or so for backups. I now have a problem with it.


    If it is plugged in at post i get a bios error and am forced into setup.
    If it is not plugged in I get No errors.

    Windows no longer recognizes the drive. the drive does not spin up.
    Linux recognizes the drive and all files are still present. the drive is fully functional.

    The bios does not acknowledge the drive
    But it does indicate that there is 'something' attached to sata3 or 2 or whatever channel i am trying at the momment.
     
  2. Dwel

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    Does anybody have an idea about this ?
     
  3. Elvandil

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    How can Linux read it if it "does not spin up"?

    Do you have fresh backups of all the files on that drive?
     
  4. Dwel

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    If i plug the power to the drive in after the post, linux recognizes the drive. The same procedure will fail in windows. Let me rephrase my original post; While in windows the drive does not spin up.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Windows has nothing to do with powering the drive, so it has nothing to do with it spinning up, either. Must just be an amazing coincidence. But then, how would anyone know if the drive is spinning? Is it a transparent case?
     
  6. Dwel

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    Windows can turn the power to the hdd off during hibernation if you so choose to do so, no? So I would say it has a little bit more than nothing to do with it.

    Wow, i feel like im getting grilled here. Ya its made of glass. but really, can you not feel or listen to detect the subtle hum and vibration of a spinning drive? freekishly enough, I can.

    All of the data is still present and accounted for, but like I said, only in linux, and more specifically, sabayon, which is based off of gentoo; if this means anything. Luckily enough, I triple boot.

    I can not have power going to it during post, or i get forced into setup. Which is rather annoying.
     
  7. Dwel

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    Anybody?
     
  8. crjdriver

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    You post the bios does not ID the drive. The bios has nothing to do with windows, linux or any other os. If the drive is not found in the bios, there is a problem with the drive's electronics or hardware.

    Have you run the WD diagnostic on the drive?
     
  9. Dwel

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    Yes I have run WD diagnostics. The windows based software will not detect the drive, the dos based will, only if i plug in the power directly after post.
     
  10. crjdriver

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    The only one to use is the dos based. You do not post what the result of the full tests were on the drive.

    Just from this part
    I would tend to think your drive has failed.
     
  11. DaveBurnett

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    The drive is certainly faulty, BUT .....
    I have, and often do, use Windows to access drives that cannot be recognised by the BIOS. I wouldn't want to do it often or rely on the results. Remember Windows uses drivers that bypass the BIOS routines and are far more complex. That is one reason why you should physically disable a second drive if you don't want Windows to 'see' it rather than just disabling it in the BIOS (I've learned THAT one the hard way)


    The manufacturers disk utilities will access disks that the BIOS will not/cannot see.
     
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