Solved Hard Drive Not Detected on My PC

April 11, 2017 at 07:51:27
Specs: Windows 10
Seagate 2Tb SATA drive. Not recognised at all, even when connected via trustworthy USB adapter. Definitely spins, and makes a regular clicking sound.

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#1
April 11, 2017 at 08:40:33
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Check in Disk Manager and in BIOS.
Check on a second computer.
If still not working then it is bad.
IF (NO guaranty) it is only the circuit board that is mounted on the side of the hard drive (desktop drives only) that is bad AND you can secure an EXACT model and series (earlier or later models may not work) then with a tiny Torx driver you can remove the circuit board from your dead drive and switch it with the new drive. IF this works you have a working drive again. If not then switch the board back and use the new drive and your data is lost.
This only works if the drive itself is good and you can get the match (and they have not changed the way the boards are connected). It is not a sure thing but a possibility if the drive contains data that is important and there is no back up.
I have experienced a few bad drives over many years and they have all been Seagate drives. I prefer Western Digital Drives personally (Black series).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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April 11, 2017 at 09:20:03
Thanks Fingers. Drive does show in BIOS but Windows doesn't recognise it. I've checked again and sadly there is a clicking when it's powered on; either I missed it before (most likely) or its started since. I've since found Seagate's SeaTools For WIndows which I'm going to try.

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#3
April 11, 2017 at 14:33:31
Look in Windows Disk Management, not just Computer. You could also try viewing it using a live version of Linux.

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#4
April 11, 2017 at 23:14:18
Clicking is a bad sign.
Seeing in BIOS is a better sign. Disk Manager would tell more.
Seatools should tell all.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
April 12, 2017 at 16:20:10
First look at the Disk Management, still not found then go to the device manager by right clicking over My Computer and going to the option Manage. Look under the tab disk drive and see whether there is any unknown device with a yellow exclamation sign on it. If there is any device with that sign, you can be sure that the driver of the device had gotten some kind of problem. Read this article about this issue. Best of luck!

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