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barracuda hdd with no signs of wear and tear


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#1 Jamukas42

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 08:17 PM

hi I was wondering if anyone can shed any light
on this..
I have been using a barracuda hdd intermittently
it's out of warranty now but has had very light use for a few years..
I think the problem started when a Uniblue product installed on my system without my knowing I think it was some driver program and at the time I did not know how
to uninstall it, was very angry the way..

I did something silly as I could not uninstall the
program through uninstall a program in windows
I think it may have been xp at the time this was
a few years ago, I haven't been using the drive
I ended up buying a new because it fail the short
drive test in sea tools..
Getting back to this Uniblue product which almost
acted like Malware, I decided to end process in
task manager and that's when the problem started, it stopped a lot if services and even after
re starting them it then would not boot shortly
down the track..
I tried re installing windows but the problem was
still there later down the track..
Is it possible that this maybe due to (firmware
software) corrupted on the drive itself and possibly
not the physical drives PCB or drive motor, firm ware hard ware or disk damage?
Drive was working perfectly before all this and
I feel that trying to remove this product in this way may have damaged or corrupted the firmware software on the drive..
I have been recently trying to find out if there was
a firmware update or software for a Seagate
Barracuda 7200.12 and serial number 9VMGNDAP I think the model number is ST320DMOOO
This is the problem drive in question and I cannot find relevant firmware in the Seagate website after searching for the firmware update for my drive by entering the serial number into a search box came up with no results..
There are no wear noises and the drive did not
have much use prior to this happening..
I have WD drive now which is all working very well..
I m really too fused by this but very curious as the Seagate drive passed SMART showing as healthy partition
passes the WMIC test in CMD showing status
ok, chkdsk showing no problems through event
viewer etc although os is probably not a very good indicator for measuring this ?
Can someone shed some light in this ?
James

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 09:20 PM

Uniblue should have no affect on your hard drive firmware. If the SMART status passes then I would zero out the disk and then partition and format. If you can connect the drive to your computer then use Partition Wizard and do a disk wipe zero quick fill  then partition and format. You can also use the bootable version of Partition Wizard to do the same thing. Backup any data you currently have on the drive first because with a zero wipe you will have nothing on the drive to recover.



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Posted 20 August 2015 - 10:38 PM

ok I will give this try thank you John I will let you
know if it works I have that partition tool
will try it and see if it works
cheers and wow thanks for the quick response

James

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 10:41 PM

Your Welcome, and do post an update. I would like to know if it solves your problem.



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 06:03 AM

hi John I did as you suggested with mini tool partition I had an appointment so I had to leave
mini tools to do its job I found that when I arrived
a few hours later that I had to reinstall windows
is this correct or have I done something wrong ?

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 06:10 AM

I figured it correct since I did wipe the drive clean
but never done it this way sorry for my dumb
question...
After a clean install I was hoping to find seatools
on a USB drive, but it happens I had not saved it
in the past so I downloaded it again but when I tried installing
it said I needed Microsoft net framework 4.0
which was taking way too long to down load
had to abort damn was really keen to see if it still
failed the self short drive test..
I will have to dowload it again maybe from another computer..
James

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 07:12 AM

Sorry, I was not clear. In my post#2 I mentioned that if you zero out the drive there will be no more data available and any data should be backed up. I think from your post #5 it seems you had an OS on the drive. If that is correct then you would need to reinstall the OS. If you want to test the drive you can do it with Gsmartcontrol for Windows to run short and long generic tests of the drive. It does not require .NET



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Posted 21 August 2015 - 04:35 PM

no problems John will try it, computers can be
complicated thanks I will try that instead of sea tools
warmest regards
James




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