Question about Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380011A 80 GB Hard Drive
I have a similar problem with an 80 gb drive in a Compaq. I've isolated it to the cable or the connector on either the motherboard or the drive. Try unplugging the cable at each end, then plugging it back in. Reboot. If it finds it and works normally, you have 1) a bad hard drive cable 2) a bad hard drive controller socket on the MB (bad MB :-( ) or 3) an intermittent connector on the hard drive. 1 is easy. 2 and 3 are problems. Try a different drive and see if it boots reliably every time - if so, suspect the drive. If its the MB, probably time to UPGRADE.
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
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