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Seagate Hard Drive Stuck In Pio


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#1 JamieH

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 06:08 PM

Hi,
I bought a 250GB Seagate drive (ST3250620A), and I can't get it out of PIO mode, I have spend DAYS doing EVERYTHING the forums have said to do, but it is still stuck in PIO. I am assuming that the drive is defective?

I bought it at CCX 19 days ago, can I still exchange it?

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:04 PM

At times, any hard drive may drift to PIO mode, http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/storage/IDE-DMA.mspx

I've found this to work (to restore DMA mode): Getting back to DMA mode in Windows XP - http://sniptools.com/tipstricks/getting-ba...e-in-windows-xp

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 07:10 PM

Isn't PIO set in the BIOS?
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#4 JamieH

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 11:13 AM

My cable is exactly 18 inches, and it's 80pin. Reinstalling the IDE driver did NOT work.

Here's what else I tried:
- Change jumper from Cable Select to Slave
- Tried another Seagate drive (80gb) in it's place, and it worked just fine in DMA
- Tried another (Identical) IDE cable
- Tried another IDE channel
- Chose UDMA in BIOS

Still no UDMA....

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 07:36 PM

As I understand it, the PIO/DMA controller...is not in the drive itself, but part of the CPU.

Did you try the registry deletion mentioned in the link I provided?

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Edited by hamluis, 25 June 2008 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 13 July 2008 - 10:11 AM

As I understand it, the PIO/DMA controller...is not in the drive itself, but part of the CPU.

Did you try the registry deletion mentioned in the link I provided?

Louis


Yes I tried that, still doesn't work.
How easy is it to have Seagate replace the drive? When I replaced my iPod Touch, Apple sent an empty UPS box to my door, then I put the iPod inside, dropped it off at the UPS store, then I was done. Does Seagate do the same or am I expected to package the drive myself?

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 12:17 PM

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/w...rns_assistance/

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