Hard drive beeping

Gateway GT 5620
September 20, 2008 at 11:46:10
Specs: Windows Vista Premium, Pentium dual core 1.6GHz/
Hey hey. I've got a hard drive here that's beeping. It's a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB. It started beeping after a power outtage. The computer was on, and it wasn't plugged into a surge protector (it's not my computer, it's a neighbor's).
So what happens is it freezes at the Gateway screen, and eventually will boot into BIOS after a minute or two. BIOS doesn't detect the drive, and neither will Ultimate Boot Disc. The Gateway screen is only really slow when the HD is plugged into the SATA cable. When it's not plugged into SATA, the screen goes to the BIOS much more quickly. Also, the beep happens when the drive is only plugged into the power supply as well (without the SATA cable)
I know HDs don't usually make beeping sounds, but I took the drive out of the case and had just the power plugged in and put it right up to my ear and it's definitely the HD. You can feel the drive stutter when it makes the beep too. It sounds and feels like it stops spinning for a second when it beeps.
I don't have a SATA enclosure to check it, but I'm pretty sure the drive has been killed, just wanted to check and see if anyone else has experienced this.

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#1
September 20, 2008 at 12:41:50
No direct experience with this and not much turned up on a Google search. The drive is not being detected at the most basic level and the first thing I'd do would be connect it to a working PC. If it's detected OK then a bad power supply, cable, motherboard, etc. would be indicated.

An enclosure would be nice to eliminate SATA cables and motherboard. Try using one of the other three SATA connectors or you might be able to locate a SATA to PATA adapter and try the drive on a PATA ribbon cable.

Bottom line though...I think you're correct.

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#2
October 10, 2008 at 20:09:44
I'm having the EXACT same problem you're describing, to the t.

I have a 500GB SATA seagate barracuda, 7200.9

No idea what's wrong with this thing, it's not a boot drive, but I have an immense amount of important data on it. This f'ing blows.

Let me know if you discover something, I've contacted two data recovery companies to have the disks scraped of everything.

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