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I have a 640gb WD Black and it was a great drive for a long time, and then a while ago it was having intermittent problems where when I restarted the comp, the drive wasn't found (I thought it was my 800D back planes)

Sometimes it'd work, sometimes it wouldn't. Plugging it straight to my motherboard did the same thing -- Anyways, now when I plug the drive in, I can't get into bios and my computer will not start up.

The computer locks up on boot when it reads off the ports and stays there. What can I do to test the hard drive out? I do not have a 2nd computer to test on either.

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Try using a different SATA cable.
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it sounds more like a bad SATA cable, get a brand new one and try that. it the new SATA cable doesnt work pull the HDD out and boot without it connected, it should get past the bios and then say "No Storage Device Detected. Press DEL To Reboot" or something around that. if you can do that with no HDD then it would look like its time to get a new drive.

Edit: I had this same issue with a DVD drive were it would freeze up on the bios screen were it lists out the sata devices. came up that the DVD drive's name was AJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA#########. all it needed was a new cable.
Edited by Kal777 - 10/31/11 at 4:36pm
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I'll test again, but I'm pretty sure I tried multiple ports with different sata cables on each port to no avail.

Let me try. 2 other drives are working, so if I plug it the same way they are. It's not the cable if it works. If it does work.... wow lol
     
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Yeah, it's not the sata cable(s). My Vertex 3 is fine, my 1TB Seagate is fine and my 160gb backup drive is fine. The 640gb drive just won't get past the boot screen nor will it get into bios to change anything. The drive still spins though, I feel it's a firmware/corruption issue.

Is there anything I can do to see if MyComputer will detect it once it's plugged in. I just want to get all my data off of it and pitch the thing.
     
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Anyone else have any advice or suggestions?
     
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So.... weird thing. I just let it sit when it was auto detecting the port it was plugged into... and it booted up. The first time it wasn't detected.... restarted and tried again and this time it booted up (hanged a few seconds on boot) but the drive is detected now.

I'm backing my data up now just in case it crashes again.
     
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Originally Posted by Balsagna View Post
So.... weird thing. I just let it sit when it was auto detecting the port it was plugged into... and it booted up. The first time it wasn't detected.... restarted and tried again and this time it booted up (hanged a few seconds on boot) but the drive is detected now.

I'm backing my data up now just in case it crashes again.
Once it's all backed up. Chances are, there is warranty left on your HDD.

Here's the link to check if you still have warranty on the drive:
http://support.wdc.com/warranty/index_end.asp?lang=en

If you do go ahead and RMA the drive! WD RMA is excellent and part of the reason I'll only buy there HDD. You're able to cross ship the drive to make it as hassle-less as possible. Good luck!
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The sticker sorta... ripped on it so according to warranty it would not be able to RMA it.

Anyways, for some odd reason, my computer is no longer being bogged down in boot once the drive came online. I'm not sure if this is intermittent or not, but it I back most, if not all the data up. Hopefully I won't have any more issues out of it.

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