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Seagate Barracuda 250 GB Sata Nuked?

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Hey all,
A while back I was using XP, Copying files ready for a reformat and upgrade to windows 7. This was on my Sata drive, When suddenly my PC froze up and rebooted. On the resart it did a windows Check disc and I let it proceed, just in case of damage to the file system etc... half way through the Check it came up with an unnamed error and shut down, from then On in my OS wouldnt boot up.

It displayed a Number of messages, varying from no system disk, to Hard drive not ready.

So I went ahead with installing windows 7 64 bit on my spare 40 gb IDE drive, and thought of using my sata as just a slave after formatting it with paragon partition manager (bootable CD)

The IDE drive works fine, and I have now a Working windows 7, just wth barely any space after driver installs, and just normal programs, (Anti virus, CCleaner, and a few similar utilities.) However, I just tried to format my sata drive, and after sticking it in with just a DVD drive, when trying to create the Disk Partition and format it, I get a number of errors :

Drive not ready,
Hard drive I/O Error,
Unable to write to sector 475.

These errors come in 2 combinations, either 1+2 together, or just the third error.

Paragon detects the format of the current partition on it as (Invalid) and windows disk management lists it as (RAW).

Basically I can't figure out why it would break like this, so I came here for Suggestions, as you are the one place I know I can turn in an emergency.

Thanks,
Dan
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well seagate barracudas are statistically speaking the most likely to fail compared to WD and maxtor. it sounds like a bad sector for one but that may be in a vital area like for instance a boot sector or the area where the partitioning info is stored. The worst case scenario is if the damaged sector held part of the HDD's firmware at that point the drive is toast. if it is boot or partition info the drive can be saved by reformatting and running a sector check to flag that bad sector.
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Thanks for the response,

Well, When running the seagate Seatools program, first time I ran it, I didnt detect the drive, Second Time I got bad sector error, ON EVERY SINGLE SECTOR (No ****, Took like 30 seconds to test each sector starting from 0, and every sector was "bad", I stopped it after "Sector 1478 - Bad Sector"). Then the third time it seemed fine. I dont have a clue what has happened to it to be honest.

It is detected in my bios, but if i try to boot it I get errors like No system disc, or disc boot error.

Either way I still can't format it or anything, a few utilities don't even detect the disk.
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Bamp. :3
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Try using a linux based utility to format the drive. I'd recommend gparted on a livecd.
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post #6 of 6
You have pretty well proven that the drive is dead at this point.

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