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Hard drive not recognized in setup

Hello folks,

You helped me greatly last Nov diagnosing a hard drive that got corrupted by a power outage.. Now it seems the new hdd is defective. It sounds like it is spinning, but makes a crackling sound for a couple seconds, and just continues spinning. In the setup menu there is no hdd recognized, and the computer won't boot up. I subbed the old hdd that I reformatted and it works fine.

I tried the freezer fix and repositioning the drive but no difference. Seems toasted to me but do you have any suggestions?


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  • Rick Bilodeau Feb 22, 2009

    Thanks for the tip. Looks like it's toast.



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Hi Rick

It seems like you have a faulty HDD which will not initialise properly as a result of internal defect. Have you tried shaking the drive, which sometimes settles the HDD. Try nudging it against your hand.

If this does not solve the problem you will require a new drive as repair may make it uneconomical.

Let us know if this helps. Good luck.

Posted on Feb 22, 2009


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