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Solved: 4TB Seagate NAS drive now PC won't boot from cold

Q: Solved: 4TB Seagate NAS drive now PC won't boot from cold

My desktop system has a 2TB WD main hard drive with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on it and 2x 3TB Samsung drives for storage.

I added a 4TB Seagate NAS drive ST4000VN000 for more storage and now the PC won't boot properly in the morning.

- On first boot in the morning Windows will load very slowly, and the 4TB drive won't show up in explorer.
- If I reboot and look in BIOS the 4TB drive is not listed as present.
- If I switch the machine off, and on again the 4TB drive will appear in BIOS, and will function normally all day, including after extended periods of the whole machine being switched off.

- I have swapped SATA cables and power leads endlessly and no improvement, and my 3 original drives continue to function normally
- The SATA ports are set to AHCI
- My mobo is a Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 Rev 3.0 with the latest BIOS loaded
- My PSU is a Hiper 580W Type-R Modular, all voltages appear to be good

I work with computers professionally, but this one has me a bit stumped. Could my new drive be faulty? Maybe its because it is an NAS drive, not desktop? Could my motherboard have a problem with 4TB drives?

SOLVED: This morning I went immediately in to BIOS instead of trying to load Windows again and noticed the +12v rail was at 10.5v, and over the next few minutes it rose to 11.8v. This explains everything for me, I guess the PSU is failing and the new drive must be extra sensitive to low voltages. I will replace the PSU and report back if it doesn't fix things.

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A: Solved: 4TB Seagate NAS drive now PC won't boot from cold

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Here's my strange problem:

I have a 120gb Seagate HDD that I use for backup storage. I have been using the drive for about 5 months now without a problem. One day I booted it up and realized that BIOS did not detect it. It is currently SECONDARY SLAVE. The strange part is, once I get into winxp, it sees the drive - albeit in PIO ONLY mode instead of DMA. Once I do a reboot (NOT A COMPLETE SHUTDOWN), BIOS sees the drive and it functions normally again - winxp sees the drive as correctly functioning and in DMA mode.

What's strange is that once I start up the computer from a cold boot, go into BIOS, and check what devices are where, BIOS does not see anything in secondary slave at first. Once, I do an "auto detect" it picks up the info on my HDD and it works fine.

I've tried flashing the BIOS and the problem persists. HOWEVER, the drive works fine as secondary MASTER. I swapped my sec. slave and master and the setup works fine. The device that I put into slave (a liteon 811s dvd writer) detects correctly and works fine in windows. I just have no idea why the seagate drive does not detect at first boot.

Here are my specs:
pentium 4 2.4
EliteGroup L4S8A2 mobo latest 1.0E BIOS
PRIMARY MASTER: maxtor 80gb
PRIMARY SLAVE: seagate 80gb
SECONDARY SLAVE: seagate 120gb (problem drive)
OS: WinXP Pro SP1

Please provide any feedback, this is driving me crazy!

A:VERY strange Seagate HDD problem - cannot detect on cold boot, but detects on reboot

A big drive like that 120G requires an 80-wire IDE flat-cable. It will run on a 40-wire cable but only at a reduced rate. Being on the same cable as a CD, reduces the HD to the DMA/PIO level of that CD.
The CD-drive only needs a 40-wire and will probably not even function with an 80-wire cable.
So unless you get another PCI-IDE controller, you will have some speed and/or compatibility problems.
Make that 120GB master and run that CD as slave, since that works (as you say).

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I think it needs a blanket - honestly.... If the house is the least chilly the silly thing won't boot. I know this, because if I pack heat things around the case for awhile it will eventually boot. Or wait til afternoon after the house warms up from the sun.

It's getting cold again and I'm going to have to put my old hard drive back in or get a new one.

Has anyone else run into this? It's an IDE drive - can't remember but I think it's Seagate.

Any suggestions? My old drive is small, but not temp sensitive.

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This is my first post on the forum, so go easy with me.

I have just built a new machine all seemed ok, but I have discovered the BIOS doesn't detect the Segate ST3808110AS SATA drive after a cold boot. If I hit reset or Cntrl ALT Del it boots normally, but not from a first cold boot.

At a cold boot the Bios seems to be looking for quite a while, gives up & reports no Boot drive press any key. If I ctrl alt delete all is fine and Windows XP boots normally. I can restart Windows, all is ok. If I do a complete shutdown and power up it sits for quite a while then reports no boot drive found.

The motherboard is a Gigabyte K8VM800M rev 2.0. I have flashed the BIOS to the latest version (RD), no difference. I have looked under advanced settings for a timing function for the HDD to try extending the detection time, there is none. The SATA setting is set to IDE not RAID. I have tried using Failsafe settings, no good.

I inserted a link on the Seagate drive to slow it from 3GB/s to 1.5GB/s still no good.

I've run out of ideas, can any one help? Any response or ideas would be much appreciated.

A:SATA drive not detecting on cold boot

In BIOS, you should have an option to set a delay before detecting hard drives - this will give your SATA enough time to spin up and respond to BIOS probes.

If you can't find that option, then just disable quick boot - the time it takes to test your RAM should be enough to let the HD catch up.

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I?m working on a friends Acer Aspire x1200 Desktop. It will not cold boot. From a cold boot it will only give the dreaded disk error ? insert system disk and press enter.

It does:

1) Boot from the recovery or system disc purchased from Acer.
2) Boot off of the hard drive after a restart from within Windows Vista after said system disc boot.

The Pheonix ? Award BIOS has been flashed to the latest Acer provided BIOS but it has not helped.

The BIOS does not show the SATA hard drive as a boot disk priority after a cold boot but does show it as an available SATA drive after booting off the system disc. I can then remove the system disc and ctrl-alt-del reboot the system and it will boot off the hard drive installed Vista.

The BIOS does not read the SATA hard drive as existing in the system but will read the attached SATA optical drive.

Turning off the AHCI to IDE allows for the auto detection selection in the BIOS and upon telling the BIOS to auto detect for the hard drive, it will not find the hard drive but will find the optical drive regardless of which SATA connection it is plugged into on the mobo.

Removal of the optical drive and using the cable of the optical drive to plug the hard drive into first, SATA1 and then SATA2 does not force the BIOS to read the hard drive.

The Western Digital hard drive is a SATA drive only model.

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A:BIOS not seeing hard drive on cold boot

For clarification: Did you change out the SATA cable for this harddrive for a new one? Did you run any harddrive diagnostics?

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The Problem:
I have a Fully Functional USB External Hard Drive that does not appear in "My Computer", when my Laptop is "Cold Booted".
It is identified in Device Manager under Disk Drives and under Universal Serial Bus Controllers as USB Mass Storage Device. It also is listed in Disk Management with the status of Healthy(Active) and the correct Capacity. However, it does not show a letter assigned to Volume, does not show the File System and is indicating that the entire capacity is Free, which is not correct.
If I Unplug and Replug or Turn it Off and Back On, every thing is as it should be. (i.e. The Drive Volume indicates "I", The File System is NTFS, the Free Space is correct and the drive is identified in "MY Computer".)

Various things I have tried:
1. Un-installed the Drivers and let Windows reinstall them again.
2. Move the USB Cable to a different port and confirmed that no other devices are listed under "Generic USB Hub Properties"-> "Power" -> "Attached Devices".
3. Un-Installed all items listed under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" and let Windows reinstall them.
4. Changed all USB Root Hub -> Power Management -> Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power options to Unchecked.
5. Used a different cable.
6. Verified Bios Settings regarding USB and Plug and Play.
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A:External Hard Drive Not Listed in My Computer After Cold Boot

If it shows in Disk Management, try right clicking on device and select change drive letter.

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Using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. W/ASUS P7P55D Deluxe board Very stable and non buggy.

Computer was running great with multiple drives. I substituted one of my 1TB drives with a brand new Seagate 3 TB drive. With the new drive hooked up, the computer will not boot and gives a message that there is no hard drive detected, put media in and hit the key. (something to that effect).

If I enter the bios in the condition, it shows all the drives in their correct order and the boot sequence is the first hard drive, CD, etc. It has detected the new drive as drive #3.

But it will not boot.

But, if I disconnect the new drive (power and SATA connector), the compute will boot up fine.

I have checked all the connectors ad they seem fine.

Is there something about the sequence in which the SATA connectors have to be connected?

I am mystified.


A:Computer won't boot with new Seagate Barracuda drive as secondary drv


Sometimes the sequence can be critical. can you check to see that the original HDD is plugged into SATA port 0? If not, try that to see if it works.


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I realise this is a very specific issue indeed, and also kind of a '1st world' issue... but I'd like to know what's causing my Gigabyte P57Xv7 laptop to boot twice, every time whenever my 4TB Seagate Backup Plus USB3.0 drive is connected to it. Here are the salient points:

The first boot doesn't even make it to the spinning Windows circle, it only gets to the initial Gigabyte screen, then after a few seconds it reboots.
It's not the same type of double boot that occurs whenever you first plug in a new USB device (which I assume is for the BIOS to enumerate the new device?) - those boots are much shorter than this one.
It only boots twice when the boot is from a shutdown state. Not when it's a Windows 10 restart.
However I doubt it's a Windows issue, as it happens even when I disable Windows Boot Manager in BIOS (which makes the laptop boot straight into BIOS instead of loading Windows 10)
I've tried various BIOS settings (like enabling/disabling USB Legacy Support)
I've also tried various Windows settings (like disabling Hibernation and playing with various Power settings)
The Seagate drive is not a boot drive, and there are no hidden/system files in the root directory. Its file system in NTFS.
The drive has passed all of Seagate's tests via its SeaTools program.
While I don't have an awful lot of other hardware to play with, I can tell you that 1) the Seagate does not cause another older laptop to do the same thing... Read more

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Oddly, when I first startup (cold) my system, the CD (ASUS CD-S500/A) is not recognized.

If I restart, it shows up fine after the warm re-boot.

The OS for this system is Win 2000.

Does anyone have a clue regarding the cause and the fix?

A:[SOLVED] CD not recognized on cold boot


1) I would check and make sure the IDE cables were plugged good as it sound like that when the pc heats up the connection is made.

2) If # 1 didn't work I would change the IDE cable as a bad cable could also cause this...

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right here we go.

HDD: maxtor 160gb SATA 2
MOBO: gigabyte ga-k8nf-9 (rev 1.2) http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=1860
PROCESSOR: athlon 64 3800+ 939
BIOS: award v6.0xxx

basically when i switch on the pc from cold the drive isnt recognized and the OS wont boot. The drive is not recognized in the BIOS either.

if i reset the pc (warm boot) then it will recognize the drive and boot. it will also recognize the drive within BIOS but it will list it as IDE channel 2 master.

can anybody tell me why it wont cold boot?

thanks in advance for any help.

A:Solved: pc wont cold boot

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Is there a difference in what gets loaded or the order of loading. The reason I'm asking is I have an Intel Wireless USB hub that does not work when I first turn on the computer but it works fine when I then do a warm reboot. Is there a setting I can change to get it to work from a cold boot.

I'm running Windows 98 on a Petium 3 1Ghz.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] Warm vs Cold boot

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i am looking at buying a cheap 2nd hand seagate cheetah 10k.7 drive for my games and windows 7 as a startup disk, is this advisable, as it is faster (i think) than my current, pretty much full WD caviar green. also it is fibre channel rather than sata, and i have no idea if thats good or bad, i'd never seen it before.
or is it better to install on a 1tb caviar black i am also going to get.
thanks for any info, can provide pc specs if nessesary

A:Seagate Cheetah 10k7 vs WD Caviar Black as boot drive

I used to use a WD raptor 10k drive for the os. FWIW a more modern WD black series [750gig] actually benched higher than the raptor.

It is up to you however you do understand that the seagate is a scsi type drive and needs a scsi controller to function correct?

FWIW if you want speed, then go with SSD. That WILL provide a big speed increase over the seagate drive AND no need to buy a scsi controller.

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I have installed Windows 10 and started installing drivers on this page https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers/selfservice/hp-envy-touchsmart-15-j100-notebook-pc-series/54011... sp77075.exe Seagate Hard Drive Firmware Update When this etup is run now Windows does not boot. I boot in to Tiny core terminal and nothing goes on. Please help. Thanks.

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Bought me a 320 GB Free Agent external drive by Seagate. Plugged it in to USB 2.0 port; works flawlessly. Problem is, when I shut down and reboot the computer, it seems to interrupt the boot up process, causing a black screen, and stopping the boot process right there. I made sure that it wasn't included in the boot devices in the BIOS, and this boot up problem happens only about 50% of the time. If I unplug the drive, it'll boot up fine almost 100% of the time. Any idea what could be happening here? I'm running XP home, with 1.5 G of memory, and two internal 80 GB HD's. I tried plugging this drive directly into the tower, and into a hub - same problem either way. (Actually seemed to occur more frequently when plugged directly into the tower.)

The site's tech support pages have no drivers to update (plug and play), and doesn't tackle this problem.

A:Seagate Free Agent Drive causing boot up problems

This is probably a BIOS issue. I have two systems here, (the two newest), that have the same issue. When I boot with a USB device attached, the BIOS gets confused about what device to boot, and there's nothing in the BIOS setup that will make it right.

Do what my doctor prescribes for issues like this: "If it hurts when you do that, don't do that".

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I hope somebody else has seen this. I explained more of the problem here; http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/959379-re-installed-xp-still-takes.html#post7662292

But the fact that there is no problem with "restart" or after only a few minutes of off-time makes me think that there is something wrong besides the usual corrupted/missing boot stuff.

If I leave it off for 2 hours I'm in big trouble though and it takes a near miracle to get it to boot. If it's been on recently there is absolutely no problem. Any thoughts?

MUCH thanks- Brian

A:Solved: Won't boot when cold.Fine when warm (XP)

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The harddrive makes this chirping noise for about 20 seconds when I power on the computer, please see the link.

please add the http www as I can't post links because I'm a new member


After that and the rest of the time it runs fine.

Could it be a power supply issue on startup or is there something definitely wrong with my hard drive.

Many thanks

A:Seagate Hard drive makes horrible chirping noises on boot-up

It's most likely a dying hard drive. It may still be under a 5-year warranty

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Hi there people, This a follow to a previous thread I started as my former 400 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HDD was faulty. I have since returned it to Seagate who took over a month to send me a new one!

The problem is the one they sent me doesn't seem to work either, it makes a horrible noise on start-up and then in Bios it reports the status as bad and advises to first back up and then replace the drive. Once it boots into windows it seems o.k but often causes crashes and some really slow performance. I use it as a media drive and it has a lot of video and audio files on it.

The problem is really getting to me as I need the drive for my work and I worried that if I send them back this drive they are just going to send me another that doesn't work and also it cost me every time I send it back! If anyone has anay advice on what it could be please let me know, does it sound as if it's a problem with the rest of my pc or just the drives their sending me? The first HDD problem was different to this one so I guess it's just the drives that are at fault.

Thanks in advance,


A:Seagate Hard drive has bad status and makes horrible noises on boot-up!

Difficult to tell, depends on the noise, is it clicking, or whirring noisily ?

Tried chkdsk to scan your hard drive in search of a wide range of errors. This tool can also attempt to correct a number of hard drive problems.

Would lean more towards the HDD being faulty rather then the PC, but as I said difficult to tell without further analysis.


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AMD X2 6000 64
LC 420 ATX 420 watts
3 GB DDR2-800
WINDOWS XP HOME -up to date

PC randomly locks up, then reboots itself after a time. Sticks because it can't find the HD. After a cold boot HD is found and system comes up fine. No errors in any logs. All power saving is turned off at this point.

I've run 3Dmark06 against the CPU/video to force a lock. Came through fine. Loaded the livecd backtrack 3. It ran fine for 3 hours. I'm at the point where I think it's either the HD or XP itself. I was looking for a test to load the power supply but haven't found one yet. I'm use to Ubuntu 64 so I thought I could load that to test the XP/HD. I'm posting this to if I can save any time because there is something glaring that I missed.


A:Solved: XP 64 locks, reboots. Then no HD till cold boot

New hard drive is bad. Used demo of HD Tune to verify.

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It's been about 3 weeks that my computer have problems to cold-boot (stays on "Starting Windows" forever but boots just fine after a reset) and now, since a couple of weeks, also makes random BSOD (several times a day: sometimes 2 hours appart but also 10 minutes).

I ran memtest86+ on my RAM to makes sure it's not some corrupted module that is causing this: no problem

Here are required informations :OS: Windows 7 Pro
Architecture: x64
Computer is assembled
Origin of OS: Full retail (comes from MSDN)
Age of system (hardware) : Built on February 2010
Age of OS installation: Installed on February 2010
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 4870
MotherBoard: MSI P35 Neo Combo F
Power Supply: Fortron Blue Storm II 500W

And attached are the Windows7_Vista_jcgriff2 folder and perfmon -report report.

Thanks for any help you could provide.

A:[SOLVED] Cold-boot issue + random BSOD

upgrade the psu to a quality 80+ 750w

Power Supply Information and Selection - Tech Support Forum

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I have two DIMMs of 512 MB DDR each. i purchased the second one a few days ago. I installed the new RAM and it worked fine. Had no problems at that time.

I also purchased a SATA Seagate HDD of 160 GB about 3 months ago. But just after 3 months, it got bad sectors so i removed it, and, i have been working with my 8 GB old Seagate HDD. The HDD is another issue for which i will post another topic.

So 2 days ago, i had to take some data out of my bad HDD. So i cleaned my PC of some dust(I do that in few days), and then plugged in the bad SATA HDD. When i powered up, it gave the same error as it is giving now i.e. when i power up the PC, it says:

Maximum memory performance is achieved with matched DIMMs.
The installed amount of memory in channel A is not equal to the amount of(message was truncated, couldnt see what was written ahead).
Press any key to continue..

When i pressed a key, then it says:
CMOS/GPNV checksum bad
CMOS Date/Time not set

Then i have to get into BIOS, set the date and time and also the boot order, and save the changes. And then the PC boots up fine.

But everytime i shutdown and start the PC, again it starts showing the same message. I have tried reseating the DIMMs too.

Why is this happening? About 8 MB i think goes for the video memory, so it shows 1016 MB of RAM on startup. Uptil now the PC was working fine. Why the error now? I have also removed the bad HDD.

Looking forward to answers.


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A:Solved: CMOS/GPNV checksum bad on cold boot

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I have an HP Pavilion a810n desktop PC running Win XP Home SP2. I recently purchased a Seagate 160GB external USB hard drive. Setup went fine and Windows recognizes the drive with no problem. I realized there was a problem the first time I powered the PC off. When I powered on, the PC hangs at the blue HP screen. Turning the power off and disconnecting the USB cable from the PC corrects the problem. After Windows boots up, I can plug the Seagate drive in and all is fine. The problem is two fold. First of all, it's very inconvenient to have to disconnect the drive each time I reboot. More importantly, I want to use the external drive for backups, so I need the drive to be seen at bootup in case I can't get to Windows.

I did some searching on the net and found the following post from another user having the same problem. Here is the relevant text of his post.

--begin quoted text

Ok, now the serious flaw. I have a 160 gig Seagate external USB hard drive. HP a810n computers will not boot with this and I expect, other USB hard drives attached. It locks up at the blue bios screen with the drive access lights on solid on both the HP a810n and the USB hard drive. The same USB drive works fine with 5 other computers I tried, but not with my a810n, or another a810n I tried.
After 3 weeks of working with HP support, they admit it is a bios problem and
promise to fix it within the next week. I hope they do.

--end quoted text

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A:Solved: Seagate Ext HDD - PC now hangs on boot

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I have a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 motherboard, running Windows 7 home 64bit, With a WD sata drive as the boot drive. I installed a Seagate Barracuda 3TB SATA drive for backup/storage. The problem is that the large backup drive is not seen in "computer". It is seen in device manager as well as in disc management under admin. tools, but only as a partitioned drive between approx. 2 TB and 1TB unallocated. There is no drive letter assigned to this drive under Disc management. Two questions, one, how do I get the 3TB backup drive to be recognized from "computer"? and two, can I format the 3TB drive to only have the one 3TB partition? Thanks so much in advance for all you guys do to help numbnuts like me! Any response is well appreciated!

A:Solved: Seagate 3TB SATA drive not seen

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I finally finished backing up all of my key files and upgraded my OS to Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3 (from SP2). I had hoped this would enable me to see the full 3 TB of the new Seagate Barricuda SATA drive that I installed this week but Windows can still only see 746.50 GB just like before the upgrade from SP2 to SP3.

I did some digging around the Seagate site and found a video that explained what I needed to do to get the full capacity of the disk recognized via the Disk Wizard software that they provide. The video shows you more or less exactly what you need to do to accomplish this. Unfortunately, the version of the program that I downloaded yesterday, Version 11.0, build 8326, doesn't look very much like the screens shown in the video. I tried very hard to make this (presumably newer) version of the program do what is done in the video but I struck out badly. I simply can't make it see beyond the 746.50 GB that Windows itself can see.

Does anyone here have any idea what I need to do to get the full use of the new drive? I paid a lot of money for this disk capacity and want to get my money's worth if I can.

A:Solved: Can't Access Full 3TB of new Seagate drive

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Most of the time when I plug in my seagate external 1tb hard drive, my computer won't find it. The external hard drive turns on and then turns itself off within a few seconds. I assume the hard drive is automatically turning itself off as if it is in sleep mode.

How can I prevent it from going in sleep mode? Will reformatting the hard drive help?

I have access to the hard drive as this problem does not occur everytime but just most of the time.

A:Solved: seagate external hard drive

Formatting the drive will not resolve this.

What is the exact model of Seagate drive you have?

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Hi everyone,

I have a Seagate ST320430A 20.4 GB ultra ata drive that will spin up but is not being recognized in either of two systems. The drive came out of a pc that was dying and I just rebuilt. I thought I had copied all the files I needed off of this drive. But now have figured out that of all the things for me to forget.... I didn't get the outlook.pst file. UGGG!!!

I've called a couple of local computer shops. The conscensus is that if it spins up but isn't recognized then the controller card on the drive is probably bad. If that is the case I'm being told that there's no hope.

1. Is it true that there's no hope if the controller card is bad?

2. What are the chances of me taking this apart and replacing the controller card from an identical drive?

3. I think I've set all the jumpers correctly for the drive. I can't remember if jumpers will prevent it from being recognized in the bios. I think I've tried all of the options though...


A:Solved: Seagate drive not recognized in bios

yes when the controller card on a hard drive goes dead then its usually comes to a dead end, personally i have never tried to rip it open and try to replace the controller card, something you could try and do if you wanted to try it, but wouldnt get your hopes up. as far as the jumpers go it doesnt matter where you put it on the hard drive it would show up in the system somewhere you would just have some conflicts going on that would let you know that you need to redo your settings on your drives.

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I have two drives, a C and a D, both Seagate and both brand new. They're IDE and they need Seagate DiskWizard to work.

I know how to load the Second one, just load copy and paste it to the first one, connect the second and press and follow the prompts.

But How Do I load DiskWizard into the first drive?

A:Solved: How Do I Load Seagate DiskWizard in my First Drive

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Hi. I'm running XP, SP2. Windows was installed on a 160g Maxtor drive, and I also had a 300g Seagate drive (ST3300620A). I had Norton System Works (2007) with Antivirus and GoBack running. I wanted to run a full system virus scan, so I ran Live Update. After Live Update finished, it advised me to restart the machine. I attempted to restart the machine, and it seemed to hang up, so I hit the "interrupt" button. After that, Windows would not start, not even in safe mode. I reinstalled Windows, and everything seems to run normal, but the Seagate drive does not show up in "My Computer" and I cannot access it in a command window. The device manager sees it and says it is working properly. How can I regain access to it?

A:[SOLVED] Seagate 300g drive not recognized

Hello and Welcome to TSF

Can you see it in Disk Management?

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I had a Maxtor 320gb external drive that has a Seagate 320gb drive inside.
Last night, after having this about 40 days, my pc wouldn't recognize it.
The green light on the outside would blink intermittently but I heard no sounds from the drive.
Upon disassembling the enclosure, I found that the device seemed to get power but the drive just wasn't running.
I took the drive out and plugged it back in just for kicks.
The odd thing: when I plugged in the drive back into the 4 prong power supply cord, and slid it back into the case entirely, and turned it on, the green light wouldn't come back on.
When I unplugged the drive again from the pins and plugged the main power cable back in, the green light came back on with a constant light.
I put it all back in, plugged the main power cord in and the light wouldn't come back on while the drive was installed.
I bought another enclosure to see if it was a bug of some sort.
It wasn't.
The same thing happens with the new enclosure.

Am I looking at a fried drive since it seems to just not want to come back up at all?

When I plug the new enclosure into a USB port, the system doesn't recognize it as the drive isn't humming and the indicator light is off on the enclosure.
I talked with a couple friends and did some searching before here.
Apparently, in modern human history since the ENIAC, this has never happened before ever.

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A:Solved: Seagate Hard drive won't spin up

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OK. If you understand that then you've been there too.

I have a Seagate 120gb HD and used the Seagate Wizard Tools that I downloaded from them to ghost (clone) to a new Western Digital 160gb HD. They are both 7200rpm and SATA.

The new drive boots up ok but only shows 128gb, not 154gb as it did before it was cloned (I am not talking about the size of the data that was cloned). I redid it in Manual mode but no change. As far as I know there are no partitions on the Seagate drive.

Another thing I noticed is that the System Files were at the front of the Seagate 120gb drive but are at the end on the WD 160gb. This shows when the drives are Defraged.

Can anybody sort this out for me? I am doing this so that I have a backup drive incase of a terminal crash.

Forgot, I am using a Intel 915gag [email protected] and W2000Pro with all updates.

Thanks, Steve

A:Solved: Seagate Tools Ghosting New Drive Shows Less

I made a bootable CD for the Seagate Disk Wizard and ran it from there. Additional functions were on the CD that weren't available when using it from Windows. The sizes are as they are supposed to be now.

Remember though, a 160g HD will only show about 153g in the Disk Manager even though the BIOS will show all.

Thanks for reading.

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I have a SeaGate external drive and for some reason my computer will not recognize it. It makes the noise that it knows something has been plugged in, but I never get the icon in the tray and I never get a drive letter. I've tried plugging it into another computer and it works fine there. That computer recognized it and all of my files are still on the drive. I can plug an iPod in and it recognizes that just fine. Can someone please help me??

A:Solved: SeaGate External Hard Drive Not Recognized

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My system specs are below. My OS is Windows 2000 Pro, SP4. I'm trying to add a Seagate 200GB SATA drive to the system. It is to be a secondary drive, the IDE remains the boot drive for now.

My first problem is, I'm not sure which SATA connector to use. There's 4 - two are labelled Pri_SATA and Sec_SATA and use the Promise controller. The other two are SATA_1 and SATA_2 and use the Via southbridge controllers. I've tried PRI_SATA and SATA_1, currently it's on SATA_1:

I've installed Seagate's DiscWizard software. When I boot the computer, the BIOS does see the drive, but DiscWizard does not (doesn't show up in the list). However, I *can* see the drive in Windows Disk Management, but it has a "no" type icon (red with a white horizontal "minus") and the "Write Signature and Upgrade Disk Wizard" starts -something I've never seen before. I'm unable to do any management on the disc.

So, two questions: Why can Windows but not Seagate's software see the new drive, and should I go ahead and run the Wizard?

Any assistance appreciated. I badly need the drive to work, my "oh, it'll be big enough" 120GB HD is nearly full!

A:Solved: Problems installing Seagate SATA drive

I did a bit of research on the Wizard, decided to "take a chance" - only a chance because of my unfamiliarity, apparently - and was able to attach a signature (whatever that means) and format the disk. Currently moving data about, so my 120 can have room enuf to run. Oddly, Seagate DiscWizard *still* does not see it's drive, though it sees the IDE drive fine. Any idea why? I did get an appropriate manual after entering the model # of the drive, so I'm confused as to why it is so blind.

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Well, previously my Seagate 2TB External Portable Hard Drive was working very well on my windows 7 operationg system but a few days ago it went wrong and now it says unknown device!! it doesnt show up in disk management and when i uninstalled it from the list of USB hubs(where it says unknown device) and installed it again, it just said unsuccessful... what should i do?

A:Solved: Seagate 2TB Hard Drive is Unknown Device

try it on another computer...if it does the same...crack it open and get a caddy

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I hope this may be of help to others. I have a dual boot XP/Windows 7 system. I have an external Seagate eSata drive that works perfectly in Windows XP but was not recognised at all by Windows 7, i.e. not shown in device manager or disk management. My motherboard is an ASUS P5N-E SLI which uses a JMicron JMB 360 SATA controller. To get the drive to work I had to install this driver


Now works perfectly.

A:Seagate eSata drive not recognised by Win7 - Solved

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Computer: Dell Inspiron 1525, 320 GB HD with about 2 GB of free space left, 4 MB memory, running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit, SP1, updates current. Just lately, booting from off, Windows will not load, but instead gives me a \Boot\BCD error (0xc00000f)--an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data. I have repaired this error with my Dell-supplied OS disc repeatedly, and each time I turn off the computer it has the same error at startup. I have read that I may have to rebuild the BCD, but I don't know how to do that. Before I check with Dell, who I suspect will just tell me to reload Windows, I need to know how approach fixing my boot configuration data. The computer has had no new software installations, just routine Windows and Trend Micro Internet Security updates, I checked the disc for errors, and a few files were missing or incorrect, and defragmentation has also been performed routinely. Dell PC checkup finds no issues. How should I proceed?

A:Boot\BCD error reading boot configuration data when starting from cold boot

Try this hard drive diagnostic procedure: http://usasma.vox.com/library/post/b...agnostics.html

Repeated errors on a hard drive usually indicate an impending failure. I'd backup your stuff as soon as possible.

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I have a Seagate 7200.10 Baracuda SATA drive that seems to be good when I install it as secondary drive
on another computer. I can copy and more files to/form it.

I decided to place this drive in a Acer AST180-UD400B and install XP on it but I could not boot off the drive. So I used acer backup image software to do a backup on the computer. I found that the computer would not boot off this drive with the Acer image backup. I had another drive that I placed in the ACER computer with Windows seven on it and it boot to password state. The computer that I am installing the Seagate drive in is a ACER AST180-UD400B

Why can't I make the seagate into a bootable drive with XP?
Thank you

A:Solved: Why can't I make the seagate Baracuda dirve into a bootable drive?

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I recently purchased a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB hard drive with USB 3.0 connector. I connected the 3.0 cable to a 2.0 port(don't have 3.0 ports) and windows popped up saying installing drivers for new device, pretty standard stuff. After it was done I went to My Computer, but the hard drive does not show up.

I checked device manager, and it does show the drive there. When I clicked properties and tried populating the "volumes" section, a 2.8tb section did show up, but had no label, but i don't know the significance of that. Any help with this is appreciated, thanks in advance.


A:Solved: New Seagate 3TB hard drive doesn't show up in My Computer

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I have a Seagate 500gb drive that I need to test and I do not know it history.
When I plug it into a XP machine the computer does not see it.

Does this drive need a special driver for windows XP or do I have a bad
drive? How can I trouble shoot. Its part number is 9NL6A6-500 and is
called Seagate Freeagent Pro.

Thank you,

A:Solved: Seagate 500gb portable drive trouble shooting

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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Yesterday Windows Explorer began to stop responding fairly frequently, but would restart itself without issue and continue to run fine. Today, Windows now freezes completely every 45ish minutes - usually a random program stops responding followed by everything, the mouse gets stuck, CTRL+ALT+DELETE does nothing, and it stays frozen this way. I've had one BSOD happen right after this occurs (I couldn't get the error code with auto-reboot but I just turned that off). The most recent freeze I got a "The logon process was unable to display security and logon options when CTRL+ALT+DELETE was pressed" message, and Windows just stayed frozen that way with nothing responding.

Upon hitting Restart button on my case or following the BSOD auto-reboot, my OS drive (a Crucial M4) it isn't detected in the BIOS, leading to a "Disk Boot Failure" message. Oddly, if I do a cold boot from this point and power back on, the Crucial M4 is detected and Windows starts normally. I can also boot normally after shutting down and restarting from within Windows. But no matter what, around 45 minutes later Windows then freezes again in the exact same way, repeating the cycle. I'm totally at a loss, please help!
System Specs:
Core i5 2500k @ 3.3 ghz
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Windows 7 64 Bit SP 1
8 GB Ram
Crucial M4 64GB, Firmware 0001 (OS drive)
Seagate 1TB (for storage)

A:Random Freezing/BSOD, Boot Disk Failure, OK Cold Boot then Repeat


There are no .dmp files in the attachment. Please check this thread: Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSODand configure for Small Memory Dumps.

In addition, please go through this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...exe-7f1c0.html

Let us know if the troubleshooting steps mentioned help resolve your problem.

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I'm new here and have searched the web but can't seem to find similar symptoms.
I've noticed after performing various updates (either to whatever programs or Windows itself - any ones that require a re-start) that when I re-start my laptop and when the Alienware logo appears, booting basically freezes. I'm only having issues when I restart...even when there are no pending updates to anything. 
I tested today and booting actually continues on its own, but VERY slowly.  If I get stuck at this screen and I press my power button, the laptop immediately turns off.  Pressing the power button again boots the machine (to what I consider) normally.  It basically whizzes by the Alienware logo screen and into Windows without issue.  If I fully shutdown, then use the power button to boot up, everything goes normally too.  Re-starting (anytime) is when my issue occurs.
My system:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 ProVersion 10.0.10586 Build 10586OS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Manufacturer AlienwareSystem Model Alienware 17System Type x64-based PCSystem SKU Alienware 17Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4710MQ CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2501 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Alienware A14, 9/24/2014SMBIOS Version 2.7Embedded Controller Version 1.01BIOS Mode LegacyBaseBoard Manufacturer AlienwareBaseBoard Model Not AvailableBaseBoard Name Base BoardPlatform Role MobileSecure Boot State UnsupportedPCR7 Configuration Binding Not Poss... Read more

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I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest86+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest86+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a blank wallpaper. Started going back through old drivers figuring that this w... Read more

A:BSOD KSOD No Boot Win7 64bit Cold Boot

Quote: Originally Posted by roborabbit

I'm at my wits end...

The problem:

First installed Windows 7 Proff 64-bit on this machine last monday after installing updates / drivers etc I began to recieve intermitent BSODs then began the trouble shooting. Tested memory with memtest89+ passed manually set voltages / timings ran memtest89+ again passed. Started driver verifier etc BSODs stopped. Shut down pc went to bed. Woke up turned on PC and was greeted with the "windows was unable to start up" screen. Rebooted PC tried to start it in safe-mode, couldn't would fail to boot. Tried booting with low res graphics... couldn't. Eventually I decided to do a system restore it finished and booted fine and was stable all day. Next morning I turn on my pc and I am greeted with windows boot error screen again. Getting fed up and figuring I don't have much on the machine anyway I reformat and reinstall windows 7. Wary of more errors I decide to test the drivers by installing them booting down for a bit then starting up again and then going into system restore to get rid of them so I have a clean enviroment for the next set. Finally I come to Ati's CCC 10.2 install it shut down reboot and I'm greeted with a blank screen login screen. At this point I am able to login but all that shows is a scaled down version of my wallpaper. No icons, no taskbar, nada. I can interact with the system ie start up task manager etc even though I still only see a ... Read more

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I'm having a problem with booting my laptop - but only when cold-booting.

Never heard about this problem before. I can reboot just fine, and if i acces the BIOS and just go straight on exiting, not changing anything - it too boots windows normally without any hitches.

How is booting different from cold-boot to rebooting or through BIOS? I've been toying around with EFI boots, but everything [should be] reverted and i used my windows disc to repair the boot sequence. After the BIOS splash it just lingers and the "starting windows" gui doesnt appear.

Edit and edit2: I've now tried for a couple of times to let it sit, and it does boot up after about 4 minutes consistently. It goes like this:
I press power on. After,
3 seconds the BIOS splash comes on.
7 seconds the screen goes black.
4 min 0 seconds the screen turns off, then immediately turns on again with a black screen.
4 min 3 seconds the BIOS splash reappears.
4 min 7 seconds the "windows starting" gui comes on.
4 min 25 secs windows is booted up and responsive.

So the Black screen is consistently just about 3 minutes and 53 seconds. All BIOS settings are properly set to boot from HDD. No external HDDs or FDDs connected. Even removed the excess drive letter assignments in windows to be safe.
Satas in AHCI for the OS-SSD (and a spindle for storage). Booting from spindle drive is disabled in BIOS.

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A:Interesting boot problem... Cold-boot vs hot-boot

Give us some info about the computer and which operating system.

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When I cold boot the PC it tries to auto detects the hard drive, but it doesn't find it, then tries to boot from floppy or CD, nothing. Then I reboot and it Auto detects the hard drive, fine and starts XP. I tried 2 HDs and it was the same with either one. Any help would be appreciated. The PC is about 2 years old, with 256 RAM and Athlon 1.4.

A:Cold boot no HD, warm boot finds HD

There's a computer adage. Problems when the system is cold are related to connections. These go away when the system warms up and things expand. So for starters double check all connections concerning the hard drive and where the IDE cable attaches to the motherboard.

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So, i recently formatted the pc, Im getting this weird error from windows boot every time i do a cold boot (meaning turning the pc on), if I just reset the pc i dont get the error.
Is weird because previous to this error, before formatting, i was getting a different boot error also only on cold boot.

Is not a huge headache, i just have to reset the pc every time i do a cold boot, but is an annoyance.

Any ideas?
The error message:

A:windows boot error only in cold boot

have to put in your disk and run startup repair/repair like it says?? chances are theres just a file or 2 missing thats causing this.

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When I bought this system it came with Windows 98 SE and started the boot prosses automatically when the power button is pressed. After upgrading to Windows XP Home I always have to press the power on button then the reset button before it will boot. I have tried updating the BIOS, even bought a new chip. No help, still refuses to boot.

A:cold boot


Could you post the make and model of the PC so we can research it for you? Also when you upgraded did you do an Update or New Install?

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I receive a black screen and I try ctrl alt delete and it is as if my system is asleep ...i try all the crap from way back trying to get the screen to load....does not....i wind up hitting power button to my fatal pissed offness ......it reminds me if i
had 20 processes running but i do not...even gchrome lockbogsssss up thinking that chrome is an issue but with the recent download update from microsoft within 3 days ago i had no problem before..........please help because it is trifle-some right now 


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