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PC won't boot, Hard drive ticks out a beat

I installed a Seagate ST370640 750G HD last Oct. It's 30G short of full. Fragmented even. Worse, not backed up. Yesterday it locked while I was time shifting a TV programme, rebooted, Win XP came up normal, but froze after a while. Repeated this a few times, each time getting less further into the boot. eventually it only just got to a movable pointer on a black screen. I noticed HD activity. My Seagate was tapping out the beat, tick, tick, tick blank, repeatedly. So I disconnected it. My PC rebooted normally. Reconnected it, the problem returned. The HD is still under warranty, and if I ask my supplier to see if he can extract the data, it will void the warranty with no guarranty of success. Is my HD stuffed, am I snookered, any ideas.

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  • Bootupblues May 29, 2008

    Guys, what do you think of this. Advise from a friend suggested that I download Seagate's DOSboot troubleshooting App. I loaded it onto a floppy disc and rebooted the PC. There are two tests, a short one, it failed straight away, another one called the "long test". It took three hours reading every byte on the disc. When completed, it reported nothing. So I ran the short test a second time which it passed in 2min. I ejected the floppy, and rebooted. The PC and HD came up with all data intact. Seagate's tutorial says that the long test checks for errored clusters and only if it finds any, will it prompt the user and ask what action it should take. It never prompted me or left any indication of errors in it's report. So unless it fixes the file tables without prompting I don't know what happened here. Needless to say, I really can't trust this piece of HW now so I am buying another 750G to backup what I've got as a minimum. Thanks for your offers of help.

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Greetings...

:-[ best to not force the drive if you want the data recovered...

There are quite a few data recovery sites online... read the fine print... cost start at $300 or so and go up up up...

If the data is worth the money, best thing to do... sorry...

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    Great... good to know you got it and that Seagate has that software... good luck...

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Lots of ideas!
Can you boot in safe mode?

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