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Windows 7: ide hdd not running

06 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
ide hdd not running

i have a wd caviar ide hdd from an older computer for extra storage. it had to be initialized to use so i put it away and used another one i had. took it back out to use and it doesn't run now. no whining sounds or clicks. it is recognized by disk management and still wants to initialize it but when i click to initialize it says "drive not ready" i think it's dead. motor's not running. i opened the hdd and checked to see if stiction was the cause they moved fine. i have to manually turn the platter and the heads move back and forth but the platter doesn't spin when i power it up. dead motor? chuck it? no hope? thanks. oh, the other hdd runs fine with the same power source and usb hook up so it's not that.

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06 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP

i have to manually turn the platter and the heads move back and forth but the platter doesn't when i power it up
That does sound like a bad HDD. A down side to the diagnostic described suggests the cover has been taken off and if not done in a 'clean room' can get dust on things and damage the disk. The worst case of a failure is if the read/write heads touch the platter/s they will be damaged.
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