Solved My Hard Drive Won't start/spin up

August 30, 2015 at 12:17:13
Specs: Windows
I have a seagate 2TB internal hard drive that just simply wont spin up. i have inspected it and and found nothing out of the ordinary or out of place. It doesn't even make a noise. Please help!

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August 30, 2015 at 20:14:07
Since you installed Windows on a new drive, look in Disk Manager and see if the drive shows up at al. If it does, tell us exactly what it says about the drive and we may be able to give you advice on getting it recognized as a storage drive. If it does not show up in Disk Manager, swap out the signal cable for another one and try a different power cable to power it up. If the results are the same, the drive has died. It might have been almost gone but you did not realize it and any bump you gave it may have finished it. You may have accidentally gave the drive an electrostatic discharge (ESD) that finished it off while changing out components. I certainly hope that anything important on the drive was backed up because getting data off a dead drive can be very expensive.

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



#1
August 30, 2015 at 13:40:24
Drives can be pretty quiet. Are you sure it's not spinning up?

Check the connection from the power supply. Try a different connection if possible.

Is this a drive that previosly had been working in that computer or one you just installed and it never worked?


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August 30, 2015 at 13:57:29
It was working fine before. Then installed a new Power supply and motherboard as an upgrade, and now it doesnt work as the boot device like it used to so I installed windows on a seperate hard drive and it still wont show up.

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#3
August 30, 2015 at 15:43:22
...installed new Power supply and motherboard as an upgrade, and now it doesnt work as the boot device like it used to so I installed windows on a seperate hard drive and it still wont show up...

To clarify - this is a desktop/tower system not a laptop.

Presuming so and to clarify the situation a little further...

You replaced the PSU and motherboard.. but not the hard drive; and now the system won't boot up from that drive?

Did it even spin up etc. and show any signs of trying to boot up as it did previously?

How did you connect the first hard drive to the new motherboard? Did the first/original drive show up in the bios settings for the new motherboard?

You installed another hard drive and installed Windows to that? Does that hard drive boot up OK?

The version of Windows you have - is it Retail or OEM; and is it win XP, or 7, or 8x?

Been a while since I swapped a hard drive from one motherboard to another... but I seem to recall that generally with Windows XP onwards.. you can't simply do that and expect it to boot up as before.. A repair installation at least might resolve it...?


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#4
August 30, 2015 at 17:07:21
Yeah, I'm not sure what you mean when you say you ". . . installed windows on a seperate hard drive and it still wont show up.

Are you saying you're having the same problem with the new one or that the new install works OK but the old drive still isn't showing. Does the old one show in bios setup or windows disk management?

I think if you try to boot the drive on a different motherboard it would go to a blud screen. If you got that then the drive is probably OK but as mentioned you'd need a repair or fresh install of windows.


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August 30, 2015 at 20:14:07
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Since you installed Windows on a new drive, look in Disk Manager and see if the drive shows up at al. If it does, tell us exactly what it says about the drive and we may be able to give you advice on getting it recognized as a storage drive. If it does not show up in Disk Manager, swap out the signal cable for another one and try a different power cable to power it up. If the results are the same, the drive has died. It might have been almost gone but you did not realize it and any bump you gave it may have finished it. You may have accidentally gave the drive an electrostatic discharge (ESD) that finished it off while changing out components. I certainly hope that anything important on the drive was backed up because getting data off a dead drive can be very expensive.

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


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