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Hitachi deskstar, SATA 3.0 500gb drive just stopped showing on any pc, mac, but had never made any noises or problems previously... Please help me I have so much that I need on there, it just remains invisible on every computer so far, as far as I can tell it is physically fine.. I am confusedanddesperate dot com : )

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So, you mean it does make noises and has problems nowadays ? If it does, it probably means there's a serious problem going on at your harddisk. Making sound often refers to a bad motor or even heads, which are crashing at the silicon platters.

Maybe the harddisk does get spinning, which you will notice immediately, if you hold the HDD in your hand. The gyroscopic effect of the rotating platters makes the harddisk feel a little heavier. If there's no strange noise, then please check the datacable, if it is connected to the harddisk. If it is, you even should study the connector at the disk, when unplugged. Check if the connector is still firmly connected to the PCB(*) of the harddisk.
(*) PCB is the small printboard where all tiny electronic components are soldered to.

If this is an external harddisk, built into an USB-enclosure, you might consider to switch it to another USB-enclosure. Maybe there's a malfunction in the electronics of this USB-enclosure. If you don't have an enclosure at hand, you can still built it into your computer, for further testing.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension 5000 - Installing extra Hitachi 500GB SATA Hard Drive

hi i bought a 500gb samsung harddrive thinking to install it into my dimension 5000 but i was missing a data cable. i went to dell to ask about where i could find one and they told me that my dimension 5000 wouldnt support a 500gb harddrive. the max apparently is 400gb... if you have managed to get it to work however. please report back.

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SOURCE: Beeping, not showing on computer

Its beeping because its damaged! sad to say but the beeping is an error code! the other downside is hard drives are hard to repair so you may need to buy a new one.

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Hello there DLBurkhart.

Here's your geek-steer ...

"...is emitting strange whining sounds every now and then ... Is this strange noise a sign of an impending problem?" == EVERY strange HDD noise is ALWAYS a sign of impending failure.

Peform a "Check Disk" on it ...

chkdsk DRIVE_LETTER /X /R

  • There should be NO surface errors if it's new(er).
  • Regardless, if it's new, then immediately insist upon a replacement.
Good luck, and please do post back ...
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SOURCE: Deskstar 1TB SATA started making

it seems ur hdd is old, while the pc is powered on, bring ur ear closer to the hdd n make sure that it does not make any noise (like 'tuk tuk' or 'kirr kirr')..in such case itz probably gone bad n need to b replaced..

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

SOURCE: HITACHI deskstar hardrive. model HDS722580VLAT20

Send it to TechRx, Inc. we are a data recovery company in Wisconsin. We offer free shipping and estimates. I have specific tools (hardware) that will SA emulate Hitachi drives; and that makes for easy recovery of your data. http://techrxgb.com

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