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Windows 7: Cannot use 6TB HDD on Computer?

27 Dec 2015   #1
Micky2171

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Cannot use 6TB HDD on Computer?

I have just got a new custom built computer for Christmas but cannot use a 6TB HDD with it.
I have used this HDD in another PC before, so I know it works.
But, in this computer it makes a buzzing noise then cuts off (and then repeats)

My Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33
My HDD: WD 6TD Surveillance


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27 Dec 2015   #2
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Micky2171,welcome to the forums.

As I understand you just built the PC, yes? The PC itself works, it's just the HDD that won't boot?
Shut down the PC, plug in the HDD and then start into bios. Check your HDD settings and see if it gets picked up there.
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28 Dec 2015   #3
Micky2171

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The BIOS cannot see the HDD at all, but can see another (smaller) HDD / SSD if I try that.


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28 Dec 2015   #4
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At this point I'd check the connections from HDD to Main and everything between them.
- Both connected via SATA? I, II, III?
- (This is extremely unlikely) Did you use it as your main HDD for your system before? If so check if you added jumpers that only let it be the "main master disk", refer to manual online.
- Check the SATA ports you connected them to on your motherboard. Make sure it supports the SATA-type you used. Remember, they are always backwards compatible but not always vice versa
- In rare cases the Bios needs an update to recognize HDD above a certain size, your MB is fairly fresh on the market so I doubt that. Also: make sure you only install a BIOS update AFTER windows is installed on your SSD.

//EDIT: read through your specs, that is a very nice rig, very balanced, you'll have some major fun with it once your HDD is installed.
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28 Dec 2015   #5
Micky2171

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have checked all of the cables, and have tried the same ones in other HDD and they work.
Could the fact that the HDD making a buzzing noise on boot and making the BIOS stick for a moment have anything to do with it?
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28 Dec 2015   #6
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Does the biosoutput suggest that it is scanning for an HDD when it get's "stuck" for a moment? That would simply mean that it is, in fact, trying to scan that HDD and determine what it is. The bios only knows that something is connected to it via SATA, doesn't know what it is though. Do you have the means to test the HDD on another PC? I don't want to be a pessimist but if the connection is alright then it might be that the HDD was damaged when it was built out and back into a PC.
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28 Dec 2015   #7
Micky2171

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have just tried the HDD in another PC (Dell) and it seems to do the exact same thing?
Is there anything I can do to save this HDD, 6TB costs a lot!
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28 Dec 2015   #8
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

There are methods of repairing an HDD. If it does the same thing in two PCs then I'm afraid it seems to have been damaged up to some extend. If you're lucky, the disk read-and-write head is undamaged. Worst case scenario would be that it was "bent" and it damaged/scratched the plate(s).

I don't want to doomsay anything but be prepared for bad news if it's the latter. You'd have to submit it to a repair shop. Ask around town if there are any PC shops that can diagnose and repair a disk locally. Be sure to ask for a cost estimate before you agree to any repairs.

It might still just be something small like one of the contacts going cold or a loose connection internally.
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28 Dec 2015   #9
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

If the drive won't work in another machine, then it's probably dead.

1. Is the drive still under warranty? If so, just contact WD for a warranty replacement.

2. The surveillance drives are not well suited for general data storage since the have no error correction. The WD Greens, Blues, and Blacks are much better for data storage (even though they cost more, I prefer to use the WD Blacks in my machine).
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28 Dec 2015   #10
koga99

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Pretty much what Lady Fitzgerarld said. I never used anything but WD Blacks so far. Some times the 10 extra quid are worth it.
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