Question about Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 200 GB Hard Drive

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I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 200 gig The drive spins up but is not detected in bios. I have replaced the cable and the drive, my pc is up again. The Seagate drive acts as though it has a firmware problem. Can you help me to get the firmware sorted out/updated? Is there a fix that you may help me with? thanx russ

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  • Stephen Yanowich Aug 06, 2010

    It would help if we knew:


    Computer Type or Make?


    Drive Type EIDE, SATA or SCISI?


    Operating System XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Snow Leopard?



  • Russ Aug 07, 2010

    Hi
    The PC is a homebuilt with a Supermicro P4SBM motherboard and a P4 2ghz (478 pin) processor. The board has an Intel 845 chipset and 1.5 gig of SDRAM memory. All the drives are EIDE and the OS is XP. Overall this has/is a very stable and speedy machine for its age. I assembled it about 2.5 years ago. The Seagate 7200.8 200g Drive was new at that time. The drive ran flawless up until about 2 months ago when it would not be recognised by the pc. I replaced cables and also replaced the drive (Western Digital) in order to get the computer up and running again. when connected to my pc, the Seagate drive powers up and spins and I can also hear head activity at first during boot up. The pc will also go through post and normal start up beep, but the Seagate drive will not be recognised either as master or slave.
    I have been reading info on the net about different problems with the Barracuda drives and I didn't really want to "bury" it just yet. Any info regarding this drive would be appreciated.
    thanx again
    russ

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Install the Western Digital OS drive as a master with a slave present and the Seagate drive with no jumpers set as a salve. Turn on the computer and immediately press the Delete key or press it when prompted to enter the set up bios. The first screen is the Main BIOS Setup Menu. Do see you Seagate IDE secondary slave since. If none is displayed on the secondary slave highlight none in the secondary slave column and press enter. Press enter to auto detect the drive. If no drive is detected, enter the drive capacity, cylinder, and head manually. Make sure the PIO and UDMA are both set to auto. If the above results in no change you may try loading fail-safe defaults from the exit menu and save and exit. Start windows normally. If you do not see the drive click on start and select run. Type compmgmt.msc in the Open: pull down selection and click OK. Click on disk management and look for the Seagate drive. If you see it right click on the drive icon and make it basic. Make sure you see an assigned drive letter or right click on it and assign it a drive letter. The last task is to download and install Seatools and use the utility to try to repair the drive from the below link.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=SeaTools&vgnextoid=720bd20cacdec010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
Download and install Diskwizard and see if it will recognize the drive for a new install.
I sounds like you drive is defective on the interface which will require service.
You may have tried the above but if none of the above has any positive results the drive is defective.

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