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Seagate 300gb Hdd Does Not Boot


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#1 brapster

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 03:20 PM

Hiya fellow BCers.

I bought a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300GB HardDisk couple of weeks back. I formatted the harddrive, installed Windows XP SP2 and was ready to use it, when it stopped working. Stopped working in the sense, the OS did not boot. No error was displayed...all that happens is that it stops booting when the WindowsXP logo is displayed.

My specs are: P4 1.7Ghz, 512DDR1 Ram, Intel DG45BV mobo, Mercury 300W PSU. I don't have a GPU.

Another thing that I noticed after formatting my HDD was that it had turned really hot. There wasn't any smell but it had turned hot. I have installed XP and RHEL5 on my other Harddrives couple of times and none of them turned this hot. Anyways, at first I thought it might have something to do with my PSU or the lack of more powerful config and I decided on trying it on a more powerful PC.

I went over to my friend's and tried booting my HDD...but even though the PC detects the HDD it does not boot it. The first time I tried booting nothing showed up. I tried F8 and booted normally, the WindowsXp logo was displayed and the screen went blank. It asked me to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to reboot.
My friend's specs are better than mine. He has 2.4Ghz + 1GB DDR1 ram, doesn't have a GPU.

The harddisk was pretty hot after I tried booting it couple of times at my friend's place too. I can get it fixed at the service center which is pretty far away but why waste all that energy when I have a better option :thumbsup:

and oh yeah! I haven't tried any of the SeaTools that are available.
I guess that's about it. If I am missing something, lemme know and I'll give any details you might want but I would like to know the reason behind your question too. Thanks for reading my post.
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#2 hamluis

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 04:19 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

A hard drive from one system...should not be expected to boot a different system. The hardware is different, system settings are different.

What I would have done...taken a look at the hard drive as a secondary drive on a good system and see if it appears properly, Windows is installed properly, folders can be accessed, chkdsk /r can be run.

Is the jumper set properly for the connection?

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 04:53 AM

I will try the secondary option tonight and let you know. When I did try using it, I had the jumper properly placed and all. I used it as Primary Master and as a Primary Slave but the computer detects the hard drive only in the Primary Slave config. As far as the people I know, the best system I know is my friend's. =(

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:40 AM

Even though it might not make much sense...I'd also try all drives with the jumpers in the Cable Select setting.

If connected on same cable with drive reflecting CS...second drive must be CS (or you change the jumper setting for the first drive to Master).

And...make sure that you are not using the jumper settings which limit the drive (usually two sets are displayed on the drive, full use and limited use).

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:45 PM

I bought a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300GB HardDisk couple of weeks back.
Another thing that I noticed after formatting my HDD was that it had turned really hot.


Depending on how hot "really hot"is, I wouldn't screw with it and send it back

Edited by garmanma, 05 September 2008 - 12:46 PM.

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#6 FrankOtheMountaiN

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:00 PM

I've had some drives that ran a little hot. lasted for years, but they seemed too hot for me. I say return it too, and if you get another hot cake, maybe your power supply is too weak, or poor ventilation.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 01:33 PM

The ventilation is good, I have the sides of the cabinet open all the time :thumbsup: I will be going to the service center tomorrow to get it fixed and hopefully get it working.

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Posted 05 September 2008 - 06:18 PM

Well...I think we need to be more definitive than "hot." It's a relative term.

But that's the way I look at things. I expect a hard drive or anything else which has electricity running through it for several hours...to be something other than "cool." I would not expect it to burn my hand.

I'd send it back...if it did not work properly in more than one system. That would be my type of decision-making.

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Edited by hamluis, 05 September 2008 - 06:20 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2008 - 01:57 PM

Sent it back today, expecting reply in a week, prolly next Tuesday. Will keep you guys updated and thanks for the time : ")




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