Solved 1TB HDD failed after Tech repartitioned 3 drives in 1 drive

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
May 10, 2015 at 18:11:50
Specs: Windows 8.1, 8gig
I have a 1000GB hard-drive which which was working perfectly and I determined to use it in one of my machines. However it was partitioned into three 300GB partitions and my local tech quick formatted it to one single drive. On arriving home and reconnecting the drive would not spin. It was as dead as the proverbial Dodo. I tried everything to make it work, I mounted it in a container, and in two different computers but it would not start. I even tried a secret handshake but no go. Is it possible to resuscitate this thing or do I now have the proverbial boat anchor?

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May 11, 2015 at 20:16:12
Have you tried it internally? If it works internally but not in the external case then you either need to supply an external power source or replace the external case. Note that while 2.5" drives can usually be run off USB as power also, 3.5" drives require more current so they require an external power source. If it does not appear in BIOS when plugged in internally then it is probably a lost cause.

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



#1
May 10, 2015 at 19:48:27
G'day Ewen.

"I mounted it in a container, and in two different computers but it would not start"
Are you saying you have slaved it?
In other words, you have a working hard drive & the faulty hard drive attached, giving you 2 hard drives connected.


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#2
May 10, 2015 at 20:18:31
I assume you mean an external case and internally in two different computers. Normally I would say that if a drive worked fine before try a different power connector and SATA signal cord but you just tried it internally in different machines so unless you used the same SATA cord for both, it is probably dead. Drives are susceptible to impacts, being bounced around which might have done it, Next time you want to do this to a drive, just plug it in internally, open Disk Manager, Delete all Partitions (assuming all data is already saved somewhere else), create a new partition and quick format it.
To be sure, see if it shows up in BIOS when plugged in internally, if it does, open Disk Manager within Windows and repeat above procedure. If it does not show in BIOS, it is gone. Try different SATA connectors, power connectors, and SATA ports on the motherboard to be sure though.

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


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#3
May 10, 2015 at 20:20:46
It's a SATA drive and it has been in my drawer not doing a thing. I needed extra space so I thought I would hookup this one in a container as an external drive to save all sorts of data on. Being an external drive meant that I could hook it up on a USB connection to either of my two computers. So yes I have a working system with the dead hard-drive attached. Is there any way to kick start this thing?

Thank you Fingers I'll give it a shot and get back with the results.

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#4
May 10, 2015 at 20:27:16
You have to make sure the bios is set to boot from the good drive first.

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#5
May 10, 2015 at 21:02:19
Is this a 3.5 inch or 2.5 inch drive?
3.5 inch may need external power. (adapter)


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#6
May 10, 2015 at 22:03:42
Thanks John but the BIOS doesn't even see it, in fact the PC just sits and won't boot at all even though the next drive in the list is bootable. The result of course is that I can't see it in computer management

Thank you for your interest in my problem sluc... the drive is 3.5 but it would seem to be as we Aussies say "rats**t. However if anyone has more ideas I'd love to hear them.

Regards to all


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#7
May 10, 2015 at 22:11:53
" PC just sits and won't boot at all even though the next drive in the list is bootable"
Still don't think you have it right Ewen.

Can you upload photos of your boot section in the bios?


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#8
May 11, 2015 at 02:06:15
It'll need to be a picture from the phone... I'll see what I can do and come back later, more than likely tomorrow, leave it with me.

Regards


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#9
May 11, 2015 at 18:40:45
Here it is John: http://tinyurl.com/mak2nyx I set the BIOS to boot from my Win 7 installation and I attached the dodgy drive. On reboot it took ages for the Post to appear. As you can see only one drive appears. Interestingly there is a second drive which contains Win 8.1 and it does not appear at all

During the Post this message appears "Detecting IDE drives... " At this point it sits for ages before it eventually boots to Win 7. Once I get to Disk Management (which takes for ever the only visible drives are the cd-rom and the Win 7 drive.

I was rather hoping that there would be some sort of Windows magic I could use to revive this thing but but somehow or another I think the drive is well and truly dead, but who knows?

Regards


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#10
May 11, 2015 at 18:44:07
Your link doesn't work Ewen.

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May 11, 2015 at 19:27:07

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#12
May 11, 2015 at 19:33:03
Thanks Ewen, no clues there.

"I have a 1000GB hard-drive which which was working perfectly"
What comp was that in?


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#13
May 11, 2015 at 20:16:12
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Have you tried it internally? If it works internally but not in the external case then you either need to supply an external power source or replace the external case. Note that while 2.5" drives can usually be run off USB as power also, 3.5" drives require more current so they require an external power source. If it does not appear in BIOS when plugged in internally then it is probably a lost cause.

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


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#14
May 11, 2015 at 20:32:03
Ahha Fingers you have hit the nail on the head. If it does not appear in BIOS when plugged in internally then it is probably a lost cause.. I have two external drive cases and they are both new. It occurred to me that I might have a power problem so I tested both enclosures (both passed). Mounting it internally produces the same result. All is lost I think and I thank all for their contributions and help.

Regards


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May 11, 2015 at 20:40:48

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#16
May 11, 2015 at 20:46:24
It's worth a shot John as soon as I have finished the task I'm on I'll give it a shot and come back (here's hoping)!

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#17
May 11, 2015 at 22:26:28
Well it was worth a try John but unhappily it did not yield a result... the drive does not exist no matter what... Unfortunately the warranty has expired so that's a dead end too. It surprises me because the drive has not done that much work, but I guess it's the luck of the draw.

Thanks to all, and you John for your help.


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#18
May 12, 2015 at 03:02:11
"my local tech quick formatted it to one single drive"
Ewen, I'm sure he could give you a final opinion, without charging.

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#19
May 12, 2015 at 20:12:39
I dropped in with the drive this morning and he tested it as far as it is possible with a sealed unit like this and without taking it apart (which he is not qualified to do) there is not much to be said apart from the fact that it has had it. I know the fellow from my working with the TV repair man here before I retired and he is a "no bull-dust" operator so when he says its dead its dead. Samsung do offer a repair service to registered dealers only but in the long run it will be cheaper to invest in a new one, but thanks for the suggestion anyway.

Regards


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#20
May 12, 2015 at 20:27:59
"not much to be said apart from the fact that it has had it"
With such a large size drive, there are motherboard & bios issues.
So, even though you had tried it on other comps, I felt it was best the drive was run on the comp that formatted it.

Then we have tried everything.

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#21
May 12, 2015 at 21:37:08
Righto I'll see him later and we'll give that a shot too. I'll be back later, more than likely tomorrow.

Regards


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