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hard-drive bios sata
Updated Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:04:10 GMT

Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios.

I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, it doesn't work. I tried switching power cables, not detected. I even tried connecting it alone (e.g. not connecting the other HDD and DVD Drive).

The bios configuration is in "native (enhanced)"; so I don't think it is a problem there.

I noticed that the new drive spins for about half a second and stops when I push the power button. It also takes significantly longer to boot with the new HD plugged.

Faulty hard drive?


Yes, faulty hard drive. More specifically: electronic failure. A recovery company will be able to save your data and it would be pretty cheap too if it's actually the electronics. Last time I paid $70 for one 1 TB + cost of a new HDD at the same size. All they did was to exchange the controller card and copy the data to the new HDD.

Comments (4)

  • +0 – Even if it is brand new? Seems a bit of bad luck. — May 21, 2016 at 15:26  
  • +0 – According to Google lab the three first months is the most critical in a HDD life. Any electronic attachment such as active backplane between HDD and motherboard also reduce life span. — May 22, 2016 at 14:44  
  • +0 – I see... Well, it's still in warranty; so I'll be able to save some money. — May 22, 2016 at 18:05  
  • +0 – Sure you do, if you bought it in a civilized country. — May 23, 2016 at 04:01