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Windows 7: Seagate HDD won't boot

02 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7
Seagate HDD won't boot

Hi 7Forums,

I probably already suspect the answer, but anyway's here goes.

Recently my PC just randomly crashed and upon restart, would not barely get past POST screen and get stuck on "Detecting IDE Drives...". I isolated the problem to my Seagate main drive. I went into diskpart and tried list disk, but the drive would not even display there. Does this mean my drive is pretty much dead?

Thanks, any help would be appreciated while I reinstall Windows.

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02 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

If the BIOS doesn't recognize the drive, check it's power and data connections. Assuming they are fine and connected properly, then most likely the drive is dead. As a last ditch test, you could move the drive to another motherboard pot and/or swap the data cable, but it could likely be dead.
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02 Aug 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

In addition to the excellent advice from DeaconFrost then here is info on testing your Seagate:

Seatools for DOS tutorial
SeaTools | Seagate
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