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trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

Question: trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

hello, i have been having trouble installing a new hard drive on my system.
don't laugh but it is a
hp pavilionxt963 (it was free)
CPU:intel celron 1200 mhz
Chipset: Intel 810E (whitney) + 1CH
Video:nVidia GeForce MX 4000
Hard Drive: Samsung SV4002H 40GB

i have a seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata st3250823as
that i am trying to install for storage.
i have a syba 2 channel pci controler card that the drivers are reconized and works properly. but when i reboot after using discwizard, it gives me an error message.
i have even change pci slots and still get this:
-expansion rom not initialized- pci mass storage controller
bios:01, device:0A, funtion:00

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Preferred Solution: trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

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Answer: trouble installing seagate barracuda hd 250gb sata with pci controller

That's not necessarily an error message..

Can you see anything that would show the controller recognising the attahced Seagate? Do you see the drive in Windows?

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ok i have a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive and i need to the max of hard drive i can run or allow on my DEll Optiplex 740  small factor tower plus  also need help about if i can upgrade my  ADM Athlon Dual core Processor 4850e  and higher?

Answer:want to upgrade my hard drive Seagate Barracuda 250GB HP Model VB0250EAVER (ST3250318AS) SATA Hard Drive

Any 3.5" drive at 2T or under should work fine.  Upgrading the CPU would mean buying used - these CPUs went out of production not long after your system was current - and that was a decade ago.

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alright everyone! let me give the lowdown on the goings on.
Basically, my pc has died on me, but luckily i have a laptop. I cant afford a new pc yet, so i bought a hard drive usb caddy thing. it works a treat with my dvd writer, and with my other hard drive (200 gig Western Digital one, with partitions and windows on the drive), but this seagate one is being a bit more of a pain. the usb drive itself can handle upto 500 gig, and i have a usb 2.0 connection (so theres no compatibilty problems, and it works with the 200fine) also, i tried to put the hard drive in another pc as slave and it found it, but didnt bring it up in windows/my computer. its the same problem on my laptop, my usb caddy finds the drive, and the name, and says its connected, but doesent bring the drive up in any explorer windows etc...
im a bit worried now that the drive might be dead (i have LOADS of data on there that i really need 2 get my mitts on). when i go into hard drive management, the drive is found but has a yellow exclimation point next to it.
i was thinking it might need checkdisc being run on it, but i dont think it will find the drive when windows nexts boots up with it being a usb drive. im thinking of perhaps using knoppix to get into the drive to see if the data is still there etc... (but ive not used knoppix for well over a year and ive pretty much forgotten how to use it lol).
so any help would be greatly appreciated, i know it might be a strange error (or it might be common for all... Read more

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 250gb/usb caddy problems!

Is it an ata drive?

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This hard drive originally was in my brother's computer. He had XP installed, went to install Windows 7 and after the first reboot, it would just hang on the bios screen.

I played with the jumper settings and such, nothin'. Put it in a few other computers, nothin'.

I was just curious, is it something that can be fixed or should I lay it on my desk to hold down some papers?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB Hard Drive - Stopped working

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Hi guys how are you?

I have a doubt about hardware and i think tha you can help me.

My motheboard is an Asus P8H67, like this link:

How you can see it have 2 SATA 6gb/s connectors

My hard disck is a Seagate Barracuda Green 2T 6GB/s, like this link:

The hard disk is connected in a Sata 3gb/s connector. Can i turn it on the 6GB/s connector?

This would increase the performance?

Thks for all who could help

Answer:HD Seagate Barracuda 2TB Green in sata 6GB

By all means connect a 6GB/s HDD to a 6GB/s header. you won't actually get that speed but will be better than 3GB/s header. At least it should. A 7500 RPM drive would be better in either case.

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Firmware was sucessfully upgraded from 3.AAD to 3.AAE to fix a known bug with compatibilty issue with a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro SLi Motherboard.This is a new build and a new HDD I from cold start of the pc get to the boot where the Strobe are in WinXP and it can stick there for ages like 2 or more minutes I only have WinXP, Nero, Power DVD v5, PCi Express with newest Nvidia Driver Motherboard Bios updated to F9 from F6.But this sticking problem when starting pc is worying. So I had a look in system events logs and found Error detected on device\Hardisk0\during a paging operationLooked at Microsoft site click here & click hereThis doesn't really help me to much. Have I got a problem with the HDD or Motherboard ? I am going to run a Full Seagate Diagnostic again now which was fine last time I ran it on Sunday.Help please.

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II ST3160812AS

Have you got a jumper set incorrectly? you are are showing channel 0 SATA drives are set on channel 2.

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My hdd is not recognized by windows. There are no drivers for it. What can i do? IT IS A 7200.7 and I have a biostar 200n barebones.

Thanks ALOT!

Answer:Seagate 120 Gig Sata Barracuda Not Recognized By Windows 2k Or Xp!!!

does the bios recognize the drive?

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I have a Dell 630i. I recieved in the mail a CD for a firmware fix for a Seagate Barracuda firmware fix for the 750mb harddrive. Has anyone done this? Has everything gone all right? It is my sons computer and we are not very tech savey. What is the correct method for doing this upgrade? Is there a danger of ruining the drive? If everything seems to be working OK should I ignore the fix? The CD is dated April 20, 2009. Is this the latest update or should I download from the Dell site? Thank you very much for any help to can give a "nervous" parent.

Answer:Solved: Seagate Barracuda SATA HD Firmware Fix

I resolved the issue by calling Dell and thier technician took control by remote connection and updated the frimware. All is good.

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Hey there,

I recently picked up a Seagate 250 GB SATA HDD (model number: ST3250824AS). When I installed it, I did as I was exactly told. I disconnected the power and turned of the system, plugged the SATA cable from the HDD to the motherboard (I have an ASUS P4P800 motherboard), hooked up the power cable from the power supply to the HDD and closed the case up. When I powered up the system, Windows (I'm using XP Professional) recognized the HDD and added it to the device manager... but the problem is; its there is no icon displayed in My Computer. I dont know what to make of it. Could it be something with Windows? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Seagate 250GB SATA HDD problem

Did you go into Disk Manager to initialize the drive, create a partition and format the drive?

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hello, i have just purchased a Seagate 3tb barracuda HDD sata 3. i have placed it into a windows 7. it is a full partition. I have noticed an irritating constant chirping coming from the hdd. it sounds as if its being access persistantly however it is an empty storage drive. should i be concerned. is anybody else having this same problem.

Answer:Seagate 3tb barracuda HDD sata 3 is making a constant rapid chirping.

It's possible that you received a defective drive. Seagate has a free hard drive diagnostic called SeaTools. There are two versions: SeaTools for Windows and SeaTools for DOS. I'd use the Windows version first. The DOS version requires burning an ISO image. Click the "Download" link on the SeaTools page.

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I just bought a couple Barracuda drives on eBay and want to install in my desk top LeNovo computer.
There is a couple cables free but only one fits the drive. The other 4-pin ones don't. There must be some sort of adapter for this.
Appreciate some help.

Answer:Cable(s) for SATA hard drive - Seagate Barracuda, in LeNovo

We would need to know which exact Barracuda drives you bought and your exact motherboard or atleast the model of the Lenovo in order to provide any useful guidance.

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I have a Dell Precison 380 and am trying to replace my hard drive with a 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive. After I install the HD and start my computer, I get the following message:

Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1
No boot device found
strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

Does anyone know what I need to do to make this HD work. Thank you.

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My Pavillion m9441it Elite has the Seagate 7200.11 HD with busy bug problem that I solved by following a tutorial on internet.The HP drivedetect.exe utility result is: Drive Name ST3750630AS - Sn 9QK0MMYZ - Rev HP24Now I would like to update the firmware. Sp40966.exe don't work on windows 10.I would like to know if I can apply the update on this page: contains HP26_750.bat that contains the commandsf -m moose HP26CE3D.bin -s -f -v -b -x -i ST3750630ASThat seems made for my hd. Can anyone tell me if the update for workstations can go well for Pavillion PC as the m9441it model?Thank You

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need help desparetly, new build, asus k8vx mobo, seagate hdd sata 250g, having major issues with the sata drive, i guess as to be expected, from what i've read at least. the hdd is reconized and i can start to load windows, but before i get out of the infamous blue screen, it replies that it can't copy viasraid.sys file.? well, i checked my floppy disk and that file is on it, now why can't it copy it ? i just feel stuck. i've even tried to downlaod new updates for my bios and the site is under construction, i also read somewhere that you should be able to change the bios from sata to ide, well, i can't find where to at all. so as you see i'm getting very frustrated. probably something real simple, i hope. maybe i need to recopy that file (that it can't copy) again. i've got an old, small, ide hdd installed as of now, just so i can try to find out what the problem is, and i'll switch out cables from one to another, to keep trying new things , so, please help me. all help appreciated, and very much needed. thanks

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I've been getting this "Windows - Delayed Write Failed" error for quite some time. It's strange though, because it seems to be happening totally randomly.

Here's what happens:

I could be using firefox 2 mins after I start up my computer or be playing a game 4 hours after I start my computer and then a delayed write failed error (or several) suddenly appears from the taskbar in the lower right corner of the screen, failing to write either a system file of some sort or a file related to whatever program I happen to be using at the time. Then everything becomes extremely choppy and eventually totally freezes up. I then have to manually restart at which point it will either work normally or be slow and then freeze up during startup. For some reason, moving my HDs to different SATA ports (since my mobo has 4 ports) tends to fix the problem for a while before it starts happening again.

Does anyone happen to have any idea how to resolve this problem or what is causing it? Is my HD failing, does it have to do with my drivers/firmware/bios, or is it some sort of software bug or conflict?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

(btw there don't seem to be any problems with the disk when I check it with chkdsk or the seagate disk checking utility)

Seagate Barracuda 250GB 7200 RPM SATA (Two of them, not in raid)
Windows XP home edition SP2
Intel BOXD975XBX2KR LGA 775 Intel 975X ATX Intel Motherboard
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Answer:Windows - Delayed Write Failed error with 250GB SATA internal Seagate drive

Ooh, my task bar and desktop just disappeared and I just got a message saying:

Windows - System Error
Unknown Hard Error

And when I clicked OK, it just reappeared. When I tried to shut down, my computer locked up, so I had to shut down manually.

Restarting failed, but my computer seems to be working again now that I have switched the HDs to different SATA ports again. For now...

This can't be good...

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I have a Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200 12 hdd that has stopped working my OS is Windows 7, the SN: 9VP38NQ7, Firmware: CC45. I can hear the drive spinning and making a noise however, windows will not start up, could you please help, Harry

Answer:barracuda repair My seagate Barracuda has stoped working .

Download the Seagate/Maxtor tools to determine the status of it.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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Cheers Folks

I suffered heavy lost of data creating a mirroring (!) RAID-1 on two different Silicon Image SiI3112-SATA/150-RAID-PCI-Controllers using a pair of Hitachis 7K250 harddrives (250GB, SATA/150, 7200rpm, 8MB Cache).

The BIOS detects both HDDs without problems, Windows XP Pro can be installed completely without problems but if i copy bigger files (>xxMB) from other drives or via LAN, the files are sometimes damaged.

-> 4 seperately copied WinXP SP2-Files from CD or vianetwork to any partition within the RAID-1 using the cmd "xcopy /v".

-> 2 damaged files while trying to extract the files anywhere i could.

I can run Prime95 24h+ without problems.
Both harddrives are "OK, return code 0x00", tested with the latest version of Hitachis Drive Fitness Test.

Here is the complete config:

AMD Athlon XP 2000+ with Swiftech MCX-462-V
EPoX EP-8KHA+ (VIA KT266A-Chipset)
3x 512MB Kingston HyperX, DDR3200
two different SATA/150-Controllers with different BIOS-Rev's (but even the latest one from Silicon Image won't work)

I recognized a tiny difference on the HDD firmware-revisions ... could it be that simple and that strange

Oh please, make it ending ... I spent maybe 50 hours or so on copying files, rebuilding RAIDs and installing Windows XP...

Bye bye and nice to read you, with nice greets to the www,
Kai Schwab aka "WaxMo"

Answer:Silicon Image SATA/150-RAID-Controller + 2x Hitachi 7K250 250GB = Data Corruption?

Which Via Hyperion drivers are you using ? Do you have a creative soundcard installed ?

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Hi there..I have a 250GB SATA HD drive and trying to load XP on to it...all that happens is that the files load from the XP CD onto the HDD but the menu screen does not appear...I can view the files when logged in from a IDE drive but the whole XP software is not on the SATA drive.I have seen other advice which states I require chipset drivers to load onto my system from floppy drive after pressing F6 for RAID drives present?? The drivers downloaded are 7.5 MB...a bit big to go on a floppy!!Any help please would be much appreciated..The system is an HP xw9300 computer.many thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing XP on 250GB SATA drive

You should have a Floppy Disc with the Raid Driver on It to enable XP to see the drive.Setup will ask If you have a disc for the Raid Driver. Take a look on the CD for Raid Drivers & how to create a Floppy Disc, if not have a look on your Motherboard's website.Regards.

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Got the following email from on of my suppliers for seagate/maxtor drives :-


Dear Sir./Madam,
An important information update about Seagate HDD?s as below contents,


Seagate announced their HDD quality issue on their official webiste,
please refer to below link,
Seagate Knowledge Base
You can see 「Barracuda 7200.11」「DaimondMax 22」「Barracuda ES.2 SATA」these serial / models are all happen problems,
the problem can not enter into Windows OS,copy files failed (system might hang-up & blue screen...) .....etc.

The models are as below,

Barracuda 7200.11

Barracuda ES.2 SATA

DiamondMax 22

In Japan market,
they all already stop selling these Seagate serial / models,
you can see below Japan news link,

Therefore,if your customer feedback any issue related Seagate HDD,
such as : can not detect HDD ,can not enter into Windows OS,or copy files failed (system might hang-up & blue screen...) .....etc....
We can give you some suggestions as below test method,please do below steps to check previously:

(1)Seagate official [SeaTool] test progra... Read more

Answer:ATTN : Barracuda 7200.11」, DaimondMax 22, Barracuda ES.2 SATA Owners

Ever since they bought out maxtor they went to ****

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I was reading threads about installing drivers for Raid.

right now I have a single WD SATA 250GB corsair harddrive.
as of right now I don't plan on installing a 2nd hardrive

so going without a raid set up will Vista recognize my sata harddrive and allow me to install Vista on to it?
I have the driver CD that came with the hardrive. but I didn't plan on installing a (A) drive.

I remember with IDE drives XP PRO used the drivers off the Windows install CD.
then once I was finished installing XP Pro I went back and used the cd that came with my
WD80GB hardrive to update the drivers /utilities .

is it only Raid drivers that are not on the Windows install CD or is it that SATA drivers are not on there either?
do I still need to make a sata driver disket and install a (A)drive?

Answer:installing single WD SATA 250GB with Vista Home Premium?

SATA should be supported by Vista natively, so if you have no RAID set up, it should install normally.

Vista will have drivers for most everything else, but you may still need to download a couple, like graphics, from the manufacturer.

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I would like some opinions on this problem before I tell the guy the drive is bad. Is it possible that Seagate's drive diagnostic utility may report a bad HDD because of data/controller corruption? I know a lot of those SATA controllers are having problems right now....

Problem: System will not boot into Windows XP anymore. Worked for a month fine, but finally crapped out. On bootup, it displays the XP logo and blue screens when it loads ntfs.sys.

Symptoms & Info:

Attempting to install 2000/XP on this system fails. (Pre-installation blue-screens at ntfs.sys), depsite having the latest and oldest drivers available. BIOS of controller and board have been flashed to latest.

Controller works properly in device manager when XP is installed on IDE.

Computer does the same thing with a different controller (same chipset) and same SATA HDD.

A different system with an alternative controller (same chip) does the same thing with the drive plugged in.

Both systems work when the drive is NOT plugged in.

Drive works in Windows 98, but since it cannot mount NTFS volumes.... Who knows.

Seagate Seatools claims the drive is defective (fails SMART tests).

Answer:SATA bluescreens Windows XP (ntfs.sys) Seagate 80gb / SII 3112 controller

I wouldn't think so: the data corruption happens between the memory and the disk controller. Once the drive gets the data, corrupted or not, the drive circuitry handles the actual writing in the data sectors on the disk.

The IDE and SATA controllers are different.

SMART test sounds like a good final word on the drive being faulty. You might try a win98 boot disk with fdisk to delete and recreate the partitions and then format. Are there any formatting tools in the Seagate Tools? I've gotten a HD to work again by running the IBM DFT low level format tool over and over several times on an IBM drive.

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alright i have a s754 DFI LANPARTY mobo and antec 1080 case (with antec 430w psu).. i dont think anything else is relevant to my question so i need help with installing this hard drive.

i have it connected via the SATA cable and the power cable.. i believe this is all i need , but when i turn on my system, it doesnt post.

now i am quite sure the problem lies within the HDD since when i turn the computer on without the HDD hooked up, it posts

additional info: i have 2 lights on my mobo, 1 being Standby Power LED, and 1 being DRAM Power LED. im not sure if this contributes to my problem or not

Answer:help installing SEAGATE SATA 120GB HDD

Me Too

I?m a newb to all this too and have the same problems although I am running an Abit KV7 main board with an 3200 + AMD cpu and an 80gb Deskstar ide drive with a Seagate 120gb SATA drive.
My problem only stated a short while ago when my system would hang at the Windows stat-up screen if the SATA dive was attached but had been working previously ok without probs. All I use the SATA drive for is all my games and back ups. I am unable to run Seagates drive diagnostic facility, as I am unable to run windows with the SATA drive fitted any advise?

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Hello guys,

I have an issue regarding my internal hard drive while installing Windows XP professional SP1 (re-installation disk).

I have a new Seagate 250GB OEM SATA internal HDD and I want to use this drive for my SQL server using an HP a6110n desktop PC with a SATA HDD. Windows XP is my preferred OS since SQL server 2005 works better on non-vista OS.

Ok here is the problem, I installed Windows XP to my Seagate HDD and along the process of installation around the 34 minute mark, it hanged up, I tried 5 times (reinstalled, repartitioned) and still hanged up.

I tried to google if there's any solution and found similar issues in the net regarding the seagate drive and I think it has got to do with some HD SATA controller drivers or whatever.

Can you guys out there help me out? My last option is to return back the drive and probably buy a refurbished windows XP box for this purpose but I believe there's a solution to this issue. Hope you can help me out, thanks

Answer:XP hangs up while installing OS to a Seagate SATA drive


Dont you have to press F6 at the start of the install and load the SATA drivers for it.


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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!

Answer: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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Here's the deal:
Got 2 120gig Seagate SATAs installing to a clean motherboard (Asus a7n8x) and it won't recognize the HDs! Got on the seagate website and they say use the F6 function upon setup and load drivers on floppy. So here's my problem. I bought these SATAs OEM with no cables/drivers/etc. Does anyone know where I can get the drivers for these drives? (Seagate Barracuda ST3120026AS) If you happen to have one, would it be possible to send me this via email or http?
I really appreciate all your help..

Answer:HELP! Installing Dual Seagate SATA wont recognize!

You do not need drivers for the HDDs, you need the drivers for SATA controller on your board.

You can download them HERE.

Unzip them on a floppy & when you start the Windows install, hit F6 & it will look for drivers on the floppy drive. Once the drivers are loaded, the install process will be able to find the HDDs & offer to install Windows on the HDD of your choice.

Have fun.

PS. Welcome to TechSpot. Hope you enjoy your stay.:wave:

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I am trying to repair it myself and was wondering if anyone could advise me out to dissasemble it. There is a small, 16th of an inch bolt aside from the 4 t6 screws that I need to get off. How do I do it? needle nose pliers?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 3tb

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Question: Seagate Barracuda?

Are Seagate Barracuda hard drives fast and reliable?

Just wondering because my computer came with one and it seems to work good, but is it worth it to get a WD and keep that as a slave?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda?

If you want the extra storage go for it.

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The thousand gigabyte-per-disk era is almost upon us

Earlier this year Seagate confirmed it would ship a 1TB hard drive before the second half of this year. With the first quarter of this year already over, the launch window for Seagate's next generation drive is rapidly shrinking.

Seagate would not confirm or deny the expectation of a new 7200.11 series this morning. Seagate representatives responded to our inquiries stating, "We already stated earlier this year that we would have the 1TB drive before the second half of this year."

Spanish-language site Chilehardware countered Seagate's announcement with specifications of the 11th generation Seagate Barracuda drive, which it listed as follows:

* 1 Terabyte capacity
* 7200RPM
* SATA 3.0Gbps interface
* Perpendicular recording
* 16MB of buffer
* 4 platters
* 8 heads

Seagate traditionally reserves new generation designations for platter advancements; the company has never released new generation indicators for storage increases alone. However, it has been a year refresh since the last platter update so it would not be unrealistic to expect new features on the soon-to-ship devices.

Seagate replied to DailyTech stating, "There is no embargo yet." However, we were still assured that the company would fulfill its ship date promise.

Hitachi Global Storage and Seagate released 1TB hard drive promises within hours of each other last January.... Read more

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Running on Windows 7 Ultimate

My friend has given me a external HDD now I tried several methods to get it to work.

-Plug and Pray. A lot of this.

-Removing it from the casing and plug it in via SATA

-Looking up on the Seagate site to download Drivers and Firmware. Everything is up to date.
-Also followed every pathetic suggestion on their troubleshoot page.

My main objective for 3 days has been able to access it so I can format it. After which I could possibly run data recovery although this isn't of great importance as I have the majority of the data he had on my computer.

The only issue is, when plugged in by SATA or USB it freezes disk manager when it is recognized, right clicking the drive freezes My Computer.

Other Notes-
-It previously worked on his Vista/Acer infested Laptop (temperamental) until he put Windows 7 on his Laptop
-The SATA to USB interface thing? is Made by Iomega.
-Showing up in My Computer is inconsistent.
-iTunes will not open when it is plugged in.
-Google Chrome gets angry at me also when it is plugged in.
-It is recognized as a Iomega HHD in those times I got close to Formatting it.
-Seagate say it has a 30 Second reset time when unplugged. What this resets... I have no idea.
-If it helps at all: Barracuda 7200.12 1TB/Firmware - CC44/Model Number (I think): ST31000528AS

I hope you can all help, I have cut my Finger on my processor fan so my actual blood, sweat and tears have gone in to fixing this.

Any more information you ... Read more

Answer:Seagate Barracuda Returns

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i am thinking about putting 2 of these Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250gb hard drives in the computer i'm building. They have the perpendicular recording in them but i guess only the 750gbs also have ncq but not the 250's. i'm putting two hard drives in this comp. because it is a hassle to partion one to run xp and ubuntu. I'm rambling let me get to the point. Is it a smart move to sacrifice ncq for perpendicular recording? thanks for all the feedback.

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

By perpendicular, do you mean RAID mirroring? If so, that's a motherboard BIOS setting and has little to do with the drives. Seagate makes a great drive and backs it by the best warranty in the business (as far as I know) with a five year warranty. I think NCQ is available on many Seagate drives, from 120gb and up... Personally, I have noticed little difference in NCQ versus non-NCQ drives....


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I have a Segate Barracuda 250GB internal desktop drive that I bought an enclosure for to use it as an external drive. Up until recently it has been spinning up like normal and allowing me to read and write data on/to it. Suddenly, the drive no longer spins up. Thinking it was an error of the cradle I tried another HDD in it and it spun up to the full 7500 RPM's. The Segate does not make any sounds at all, and I can not hear any vibration from it. Any ideas are appreciated and considered because there is around 100 GB worth of important data contained on this drive!

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As everyone is beginning to learn, Seagate is having trouble with their newest release of SATA2 HDDS.

I recently purchased a Seagate 640GB "Barracuda" 7200.11 SATA2 HDD. This drive is listed on Seagate's site as one that is potentially a candidate for a "firmware upgrade".
Does anyone have any thoughts as to whether this is even a high risk unit for the problems Seagate has been having with their 7200.11 high capacity HDD series.

Wait 'til it bricks?

Flash the firmware?

Or, throw it away without trying to use it, and buy a WD "Caviar Black" to replace it as a matter of course?

Whaddya think......?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda Issues

Seagate is having real problems with those 7200.11 drives.

There are some posts on techspot site about the seagate drives. I would suggest you read those. And also, you can read about the drives from other sites too.

My suggestion would be not to use the drive, and just wait and watch about the final outcome of all this. If you use the drive, you would be risking your valuable data.
Since you have put money on the drive, dont just throw it away. Either, get an exchange for another drive, if possible... or just keep it for the time being, and get another drive meanwhile.

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my 160g seagate cuda drive took a dump on me outta the blue and i really would like to recover the data. it will not spin up. can buy another drive and transplant the disk into the new drive or is there another way?

Answer:seagate barracuda dead

That would require expensive professional help as far as I know. If it's not aligned properly, the heads will plough the platters or not read at all. Have you checked the connections and the voltage at the drive? I would have thought the motor is the most durable part of the works. Even if you backup your data, these things tend to happen the day before.Here is a guide to swopping platters. You could end up with 2 useless drives.

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Have a Seagate barracuda 7200.7 that when I try to connect to the computer it wont even power up the computer shuts down, did replace all cables and all the other drives in my computer work, I had to RMA a new power supply recently, which I think produced a surge and as a result I think the drives Surge protector is damaged can I replace the PCB board on it would this work as I need to recover data on this harddisk

any suggestions would be helpful

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

Put that drive aside. Get the computer up and running, then try to recover any data

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Hello, I'm descently educated about computers but not on individual part models. I have come across 4 Seagate Barracuda 9 hard drives. The model number is ST19171W, they are 9.1 GB, they are Ultra Wide SCSI, 68 pin, have a data transfer rate of 40 MB/sec, a 512 kb buffer, run at 7,200 RPM, and have an average seek time of 9.7 ms. The website for the product is

Basicaly I am trying to find out if they are worth anything or if there would be any use in trying to sell them. By todays standards 9 GB is pretty low but maybe they have other desirable qualities. All four are brand new still sealed in their factory wrapping. If anyone has any info about them, how much they may be worth, or insight as to where or who might buy them I would appreciate their knowledge. Thank You!

Answer:Seagate ST19171W Barracuda 9 - 9.1 gb

No clue sry.
But you might try to find one on Ebay, or something, then see how much it is going for, and sell it as an "antique" hard drive or what ever...

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i have a compaq presario 6400nx and i wanted to add a western digital 500gb sata hard drive so i got a pci to sata controller card. when i put the card in it went through and installed all the drives but i don't see my drive anywhere. i can feel it spinning so it is powered up. i am running xp with sp3. any ideas on something else i need to change or why it is not working??

Answer:Trouble with SATA controller

also i am only using this drive for storage. i have a ide drive that i have windows on. also my computer does not have andy sata ports that is why i had to get the card

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I recently had to reinstall Windows XP and after doing so my Primary Slave Drive which is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Drive is recognized in the Device Manager, also in Windows Explore but as a Removable Disk Drive and asks for a disk to be inserted and it also shows up in the Windows Disk Manager but has 3 partitions - 1 unallocated - 104.01 GB - 1 Healthy Unknown Partition - 811.57 GB and a second Healthy Unknown Partition - 259.39 GB which is almost 1175 GB of space on a 500 GB drive, doesn't make much sense?  I have un-installed the drive and reinstalled it, also tried to change the IDE configuration, checked the jumper settings and they are OK.  I am at my wits end because I have some valuable information stored on this drive I would and need to access.  Can anyone help me? Thanks,  azdragon

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 IDE Drive

1) When does it ask for a disk to be inserted?  2) What is the EXACT message you are getting?  3) How many partitions were on that drive originally?4) What operating system(s) was/were on that drive originally?

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I have a %title% hdd in my comp, and according to several reviews seagate has configured it to have a default 1.5gb/sec jumper.

1. How do I check what I have?
2. How do I change to 3gb/sec?


Answer:Solved: Seagate Barracuda 1TB jumper

Take off a jumper from a place like this, if there is a jumper:
Quote: Large and fast. The first thing you have to know is the drive comes limited to 1.5 Gbits per second. By removing the jumper you allow the drive to auto-negotiate up to 3.0 Gbits per second. Google Seagate's manual ""100452348b.pdf"" and cruise to the top of page 20. All is explained in the PDF. Pull the jumper and NOW you have some serious speed !!!

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Have looked all over Seage support site and download section but can I find it NO!.I need to update my Firmware for the Seagate Barracuda 9 SATA 2 ST3160812AS from 3.AAD TO 3.AAE to fix bug with Gigabyte Motherboard.Does anyone happen to know where at Seagate this Firmware resides on there site please.Thanks in advance.

Answer:Seagate Barracuda Firmare required

Look at the posting on 18 marca 2006, 14:09 at click here it is for the ST3160812ASAAE.zipmight be worth a look!

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I was reformatting my windows when I accidentally unplug the Ultra ATA cable.. when i plugged it back in there was this blue screen with an illegible error message. Is there anything I can do to fix it?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda ST3100011A HDD problem

Bump,please help?

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My first drive 'died' about 4 months ago, my second one today. By 'died' I mean that with either drive hooked up my computer hangs at the BIOS/UEFI screen that has the message that F1 or Del will get you into setup. It stays there forever. Removing the drives restores things to normal.

Today I noticed that my system partially locked up and my drive was making some unusual noises. I had to power down and when I restarted I hung at the first BIOS screen. I recall my other drive did the same thing. I hooked the drives to other ports and even an SATA 3 card that I had laying around to no avail.

So how can I fix the problem if I can't get further then the first BIOS screen? Is it safe to say my drives are borked? Both drives btw are the same model. Very curious.

Answer:Two Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives seem to be dead.

A bad power supply will kill drives. Seagate will replace the drives. Contact them.

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I have a barracuda seagate 7200.10 500 GB hard disk. The upper platter is scratched from a screwdriver after trying to open it when the disk died after a drop. I have found out that there are companies that can recover data after the disk is dead. The hard disk failed after a head crash most propably. I tried to open it in order to see the damage.There are also small circular scratches from the head crashing onto the platter.

Do you know if the upper platter is used at first before the other platters, because i have my older data backuped? (there are 3 platters inside). Also is the scratched platter unreadable now? The scratch is radial and it is about 2cm long. Are the data recoverable after a head crash because most propably the other platters must have been scratched from the movement of the heads?

Help would be appreciated!!!

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I dont know what quite happened... For those of you who saw my initial post regarding difficulty getting into the bios, I have deemed that they were separate issues that just so happen to take place at the same time.

The back story is, I was playing a game that I keep on my RAID controlled 2nd hard drive, a Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm. I have had it less than a year and to be quite honest, up until recently, I would swear up and down that it worked better than my primary hard-drive. I was in the middle of the game and the game just shut down. When I went to restart the game, I realized all the partitions from the second hard drive were gone. I went to disk manager, and the disk was missing. I restarted my computer, windows wouldnt load. I fixed the windows issue by re installing windows. (only way to repair bootloader, short of installing ubuntu which would overwrite my files, anyways). Problem is that my new motherboards bios cant even detect the 1tb drive. I go to the ASUS raid wizard in the bios and it tells me that none were detected and I need to plug in a drive. Additionally, when I restart with the 2nd hard drive plugged in, windows, again, won't load. At least it will load this time if I take it out.

-Drive isn't discoverable by windows
-Drive isn't discoverable by ASUS UEFI Bios RAID wizard
-Drive keeps windows from booting
-Drive makes "bbbuuuuuuzzzzzzzz-click-BEEP" sound during ASUS bios boot graphic.

I would prefer that my drive didn't need to be ... Read more

Answer:Help restoring Seagate Barracuda 1TB drive...

"bbbuuuuuuzzzzzzzz-click-BEEP" is not a healthy noise for a drive to make. That and the fact that Windows can't detect it and it won't boot when plugged in suggests that the drive is bad.

You could try the drive in another PC or in a different SATA port and see if you can recover the data, but I wouldn't expect miracles. Unfortunately all drives die eventually.

EDIT: If the data is very important, you could try a data recovery service. They can be expensive, though.

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hi all, just put together a new pc and i am having unbelivable amount of problems with it. I have previously had 3 sata hds (40gb, 500gb and 1500gb) the smallest of which was running windows 7. that has been wiped an reinstalled. however I am now having a problem with the larger one first it wasnt showing up in device manager, then it was, then it was working fine with all the partitions showing, then it just stopped, it still shows up in the disk management but i cant mount them or the like. and it also shows as having a capacity of 3046GB which in reality it doesnt. so I thought ok, maybe 7 is having a problem with it, so I'll unplug other hds and install 7 on it see if that works....... It didn't. It is saying from the install disk that it only has one partition of 2048GB and that is OEM reserved and I can't install onto it, the option is there to format the disk, but I really really dont want to, seeing as it is the largest disk i own and has pretty much all my data on. Having spent a lot of money on my new setup is it too much to ask for it just to work?
any assistance would be very much appriciated.


If the world didn't suck we'd all fall off

Answer:windows 7 seagate barracuda 1.5tb hd problems

Welcome to TSG!

I'd check for a BIOS update on your motherboard. I do know there was a problem with Win7 seeing HD larger than 1tb and after a BIOS firmware update, it fixed the problem. Have you entered Setup and seen how your BIOS reports your drives?

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My brand new seagate barracuda 200gb SATA hard drive is making quite a loud clicking sound. i am just wondering if it is my hard drive or weather they all do it. My old (very old) hard drive didnt make any noise compared to this.

Answer:seagate barracuda 200gb clicking

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Pay attention to seagate Barracuda IV and RAID

For thoso who are planning to get a RAID 0 setup with Barracuda IV HD, be carefull.

Those disks are great, but have some performance issues under a RAID 0 setup (I have this problem my self).

Answer:Seagate Barracuda IV, Raid issues?

Thank you Chixaro, I will keep my eye out for them, and do a little more research, if I was going to get those as my RAID. I have been looking at getting something setup as a RAID soon.

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Hello everyone

I have replaced my ASUS P8 Z68-V/GEN3 with an Intel Desktop Board DZ77SL-50K and at the same time the primary hard drive has changed from a 1TB Seagate Barracuda to a 3TB Seagate Barracuda. The new system is working fine apart from that the 1TB Seagate Barracuda does not show up in Computer, Disk Management, MiniTools partition management, DiskWizard or anywhere else no matter which SATA cable, SATA port or computer is used. Consequently, I am unable to retrieve any files from the old HDD which is disastrous for my business.

Please anyone give me any advice that you may have in order to retrieve any number of files from the unrecognised HDD.

Thank you,


Answer:1TB Seagate Barracuda does not show up with a new mobo

One problem I can see you running into immediately is swapping the main OS drive(1tb) for a new 3tb model! The 3tb drive would best serve as a primary storage drive rather then splitting it up.

The first place to look to see if the 1tb drive is even being seen at all would be a look in the bios setup>Advanced or boot order to see if it is listed there. You won't be able to mount the existing partition on the drive(former C volume) if the bios on the new board isn't even seeing it!

One thing I have here besides any partition recovery program would be an external usb enclosure to place any drive in. Why the new board wouldn't see the 1tb drive if you knew was working good prior to swapping boards out may be bios related.

You could try the reset option to see the drive then appears if not found listed. An external enclosure of course would see an entirely different bus used for file recovery if not put on another machine in order to back things up from it.

If you do find it listed there in the bios but not in Windows then you might find it listed differently in the DM possibly under removable or offline. Then you would need to see it initialized. When going back into the Disk Management maximise the window to look at everything in the DM to if you notice it as something else.

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Hey, I recently self built a new PC which contains an AMD 8350, Radeon HD 7850, 32GB of Corsair vengeance ram with a GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard. I am using the Seagate 3TB HDD as well as a Sandisk ReadyCache SSD. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit.

The HDD is partitioned to be 2TB for windows, with a further 750GB partitioned and mounted to my steam install (I have a lot of games). The disk is in AHCI mode and is usally fully functional. The SSD is running as a cache currently, and does not show as a drive. The problem is every so often mutliple applications freeze simultaniously (this happens more frequently the more I do stuff). It's not really a freeze, but anything to do with file transfers stop, any downloads pause, web browser pages stop loading, file transfers stop, any attempt to open a file will not happen. So I decided to take a look at My Computer when this problem next occurred, and the HDD showed like this :

Notice how the HDD also says 400GB remaining, considering this is a brand new install on a 2TB HDD. If I refreshed this, I saw a completely different and random amount of storage remaining. About 20 seconds later, the HDD shows the correct amount of storage left, and anything continues again. My external expansion drive shows fine here too.

A long generic check on Seagate Seatools shows a pass on the HDD.

This problem is becoming a huge annoyance and I just wondered if anyone knew what this is about, and how I can go about fixing thi... Read more

Answer:3TB Seagate Barracuda - Strange problems


Did you format the disk as GPT or MBR? Is your motherboard using BIOS or UEFI?

Please do the following as well:

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image


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Which one is faster,better and more reliable?
WD Caviar Black 750 GB SATA Hard Drives ( WD7501AALS )
Seagate Barracuda LP 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache - OEM (ST31000520AS) [ST31000520AS] Hard Drives SATA-II 1TB & Over



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Hi Friends,

colleague has a home PC Dell Dim5000 18 mts old with a 'Hard Drive error' at start up. He thinks its the HD that is dead. I can't test it on my PC because I think its a SATA and mine is a ATA....not sure what that means! but the connections are different.

Anyone out there have similar problems with Seagate HD's.



Answer:Seagate Barracuda 160GB dead?


Tell your friend to download the test tools for his make of drive from the manufacturers website, or if he has no web access, you do it, run the tests and see what it says. it may be dead or it may be a Motherboard fault, or something else, most PC shops in England will do a free diagnosis these days and are found 3 to a street where I live.

Oh and as for Seagate drives, I rate them at the top of the list for reliability.


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NForce4 Chipset Motherboards. Myu Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro SLi and Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II ST3160812AS HDD with firmware updated to 3.AAE apparently there is a compatibitly issue with My motherboard but I have seen aroud the web in other forums that other people have different manufacuter motherboards using Nvidia Nforce4 Chipset and have this problem. On start up the windows XP logo when you get the Stobe thing sticks and it won't boot into Windows XP Home. Restart and it will got in XP desktop. No one seems to know how to fix this it isn't a fault with the HDD or Motherboard but compatibilty in my view but to return either can be expensive cos of a restocking fee.So, has anyone encountered this problem and got a known fix which is sensible please cos my new manchine is redundant till this is sorted. It also generates error 51 a paging fault Disk Error in windows XP home.HELP !!!!!!!!!!!

Answer:Seagate Barracuda & Compatibilty issue with

Duplicate thread click here

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Morning all this Seagate Barracuda 2nd drive 3000GB was in my PC as storage for photos, videos etc when i noticed that it was not appearing in my Devices and Drives, so i took a look in the Disc Management it did show the drive as connected BUT it says Unallocated space, this drive was working fine a couple of days ago is there any chance of getting back what was stored on it if i plug it in to SATA Caddy or will that cause more problems by trying to accessing it. Appreciate any help with this. Thanks.
Windows 10
8 Gig Ram

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I would like to know why the SEAGATE ST39173N is soo expensive?
i know scsi's are fast but 9 gb ? I've seen 40gb for way less then this 1
I see them go on ebay for $300.00

just a question for you scsi ppl out there.

Answer:SEAGATE ST39173N 9.1GB BARRACUDA expensive?

I can't imagine why anyone would pay even $100 for the SEAGATE ST39173N, it's an ancient drive that isn't up to modern standards or speed. It's an 8 bit single-ended SCSI interface that's loads slower than current IDE drives. From the prices I see on the web, I can only guess that some old servers, perhaps Sun machines, use them and they need them for compatibility. Unless you have a SPECIFIC reason for wanting that exact drive, it's nothing you should be interested in.

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My hard drive has been making sort of scratching sound recently, like if you had some dirt or something in the HD.

I started HD sentinel and this is the report

I take it my drive is failing?
422 days does not seem a lot.

Answer:4000 Bad Sectors, Seagate Barracuda 1TB

I think I would run SeaTools, Seagate's diagnostic program. If it were me I would already be backing up my personal data. If that report is correct, it seems your drive is failing or has failed just hasn't realized it yet.

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Help! I am trying to install a Seagate Manager Free Agent external hard drive and keep getting "General Error" message. I have turned off my firewall and my virus protection. Can't figure out what is causing problem. Also get Error 1628. Any ideas?

Answer:trouble installing Seagate Manager Free Agent

What do you mean by "Install"? It should be a simple matter of plugging in the USB/Power cables.

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I have been searching all day and cant find something that actually works.
On my old computer
sis 661fx chipset with Pentium 4
i want to install xp sp1 (the old disk that i have) on my new HD as the old one is dying and i want to get rid of it. however i cant seem to install it properly to get it to boot off the new drive.
I could initially install it on the drive however when it says that windows will continue install after restart. it just goes back to the windows setup and wants to install the xp on the drive again.
i have tried changing around the order (initally - floppy, cd, hdd) of startup from cd to hdd (now - Hdd, Cd, USB) but if i change the order to this booting just goes in circles detects drives then restarts and does it over and over.

I put the old drive back in too and booted it up from that and then tried to install xp from the disk once in the OS but it takes me back out to booting from the disk and installing that way again which does exactly the same thing!!!

I have just about exhausted all the options that i know and can find, ANY help to get this fixed would be excellent!


Answer:trouble installing xp on new seagate 1TB sataII hard drive

Hello bowen

Disconnect all peripherals and remove all cards except the video card.

Also do not use a USB keyboard or mouse. Use the PS2 variety.

Try that and see if it helps


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Can not format 2TB drive in Vista. The problem has been previously described and the suggested resolution to update disk controller driver solved the issue.The drive is a 2TB Barracuda Green and the system is an HP M8100n with an nVidia SATA controller.I had to perform the controller update from Seagate twice but it worked corrected the second time.Thanks to poster in a previous problem chain that has been closed.

Answer:Seagate 2TB Barracuda Green FORMAT freezes at 54%

You may think about partioning the drive into smaller logical drives and try formatting, if this does not cause you a problem.Conversely, you may think of updating the BIOS of your motherboard, if you have not done so yet.CoolGuy

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Hi all,

I bought my seagate 250gb hard drive about 2-3 years ago. It has started making low buzzing noises, and has been getting worse over the past 2 weeks. I have positioned it right in my computer, at first I was thinking it may be a little out of place possibly rattling off the case but it still made the buzzing noise. I took it out this morning and obviously there must be something wrong with it, as the buzzing noises have stopped.


I took the 250gb HDD out, then put it in again. Everything was fine till I got 'Error loading OS'. So my C drive is my 80gb hdd and I use the 250gb for extra storage. I've connected the right cables but it doesn't seem to even load with the 250gb in it, I've took the 250gb out and the 80gb (original) works fine.

Hope I can get a solution to this. Thanks for reading.

Answer:Seagate 250G Barracuda 7200.8 HDD Problem

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Googling this question doesn't yield me many answers. I'm in a very particular situation, as well:
On eBuyer, I've been looking to get a 2tb WD Caviar Black hard drive for recording game footage onto. That is about 125 (without shipping costs). However, I could get a 3tb Seagate Barracuda for about 90 - again, without shipping costs applied.

What's the best choice here?


If it makes any difference, the two hard drives already in my machine are WD Caviar Greens.


Answer:Solved: WD Caviar Black or Seagate Barracuda...?

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After reports that its 1TB Barracuda drives are failing at an unusually high rate, Seagate says it has isolated a "potential firmware issue" that would seem to be the cause of this worldwide plague.
The company will provide a free firmware upgrade for those affected by the problem, and if you've lost data thanks to this firmware issue, it will provide free data recover services as well.
In a statement, Seagate says the firmware problem affects "some" Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives and "related drive families based on this product platform." And it explains that "In some circumstances, the data on the hard drives may become inaccessible to the user when the host system is powered on."
You can determine whether your product is affected by visiting the Seagate support site here.
Support is available through Seagate?s call center, which can be reached by dialing: 1-800-SEAGATE (1-800-732-4283).
Seagate also says that customers can expedite assistance by sending an email ([email protected]). The company asks that you include your drive's model number, serial number, and current firmware revision.
The company does not believe that the firmware problem will cause data loss. But data has been lost, it promises to help find it. "There is no data loss associated with this issue, and the data still resides on the drive," Seagate's statement reads. "But if you are unable to access your data due to this issue, Seagate will provid... Read more

Answer:Seagate isolates 'potential' Barracuda flaw

Talk about doing there part if you ask me, free data recovery if you HAVE been affected by that flaw... *starts checking his 1tb seagate drives....*

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I recently purchased a 4 bay external SCSI case (Ci4000 from CiDesign) loaded with 2 Seagate Barracuda SCSI harddisk (ST3120022A, Wide Ultra SCSI-2, LVD, 68 pin) and attached it to my Domex DMX-3096S SCSI adapter (50 pin, fast/ultra narrow SCSI with BIOS chip) using a HD50 to HD68 external cable (approx. 3 feet long). Finally, I attached a multimode SE/LVD active terminator on cable's open end.

I 've installed manufacturer's (Advansys ) driver prior to installing the adapter, as recommended. My system, however, never detected any new SCSI harddisk (it does, however, detected the SCSI adapter as Advansys win20 fast/ultra narrow SCSI adapter). I've tried resetting the SCSI harddisk ID's, but nothing happened. I attached my old Nikon LS-1000 SCSI film scanner and the adapter works fine.

My questions are:

1. Is my SCSI adapter isn't compatible with those Barracuda SCSI harddisks?
2. Although the adapter is recommended for CD/MO/ZIP disks, the product page at Domex site ( does not mention anything about attaching an harddisk to the adapter, though. Is it possible that the adapter intentionally wasn't designed for SCSI HDs?
3. The manual says something about flashing the adapter's BIOS. I've tried the included BIOS software program, but it says 'no Advansys host adapter detected'. Could it because I use Domex instead of Advansys?

(My system: Windows XP Professional, Athlon 2600+ XP... Read more

Answer:Domex SCSI-card and Seagate Barracuda

OK, I'll downgrade my question down to this: Is there any SCSI adapter that intentionally WASN'T designed for harddisks?

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i'm having problems when iam installing windows xp on my mobo asus, i have a seagate barracadua S-ATA, a friend of mine tell me that i hav to download some short of drivers for my mobo and press f6 when windows star to install

its that true and where i can find those files ??


Answer:asus a7n8x-e deluxe and seagate barracuda

The driver is on the cd that came with the mobo just like mine is.

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Okay, my BIOS reads my serial-ATA Seagate Barracude 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache as a 320GB HDD. But when I load windows and all, Windows reads it as a 120GB HDD. Now, losing that much space is dissapointing regarding I have a lot of movie and music on my computer. Any suggestions would be awsome. I just want my lost space back =(

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 320GB reads as 120gb?

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My Seagate Barracuda 2000GB HD was knocked over while connected 2 laptop which made the usb plug on HD 2 break off. Is it possible 2 reconnect some how. It looks like it just needs 2 b re soldered?

Answer:Fix Broken Seagate Barracuda 2000GB HD Usb Connection.

Probably re-soldered or the enclosure replaced with a new one. Might help if you post some good quality pictures of the damage. Have you ever soldered anything before? If not then you should find a local small reputable computer or electronic repair shop and have them take a look and do the repair for you.

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My drive on my old Dell shot craps. I am looking at a Seagate Barracuda ST3120023A 120GB Hard Drive. Has anyone had any eperience with this or the other IDE Barracuda drive? Thanks.

Answer:Solved: Want some opionions on Seagate Barracuda drives.

I have had a couple of seagates and have had no problems.
Still running them.
Had a couple of western digital drives that died.
I don't know if they still do,but seagate used to have a
5 year warranty.

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I have 2 seagate barracuda 80 gig hard drives. One with an operating system Win XP Pro and the other without. i just use this as a backup drive. i have had to remove it due to the fact it keeps locking my pc up. I have reformatted the drive and checked for bad sectors. has anyone any idea while this drive keeps doing this. Both drives i bought together just over a year ago.

Answer:Seagate Barracuda Hard drive failure

when does it lock up? Are you trying to use it on another computer? Is it a SATA or PATA drive.... give more info

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I am Basically writing this as I have just installed windows 7 onto my new PC.
I confess I am by no means a computer wizz, and I turn to google and forums for every problem I come across, but this problem I had to solve on my own as there was no definate tutorial for installing windows 7 onto a 3tb hdd anywhere, just bits and pieces here and there.

So now that I have done it I will share what worked for me and hopefully it will help someone else. I tried many combinations of suggestions from other people and this is how it worked for me, I apologise in advance if this does not work for you and I cant really give any help as its new to me as well... all I can say is good luck.

1. Insert Windows 7 CD into DVD drive.
2. Boot to UEFI ( this is just the new style of BIOS that you can use the mouse as well as keyboard (from what i gather, I'm sure some one with more knowledge will correct me on this)
3. Ensure the drive order has UEFI labeled drive as 1st boot option, and HDD as second option. Have no other drives installed.
4. save and exit and Restart PC into windows installer.
5. Before you select anything open disk part
Shift and F10
type " diskpart.exe " hit return
6. then convert the disk to GPT with formatted partition as follows
type " list disk " hit return
type " Select disk 0" hit reurn ( this will select the 3tb hdd)
type " clean " hit return
type " convert GPT " hit return
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Answer:Windows 7 install on Seagate Barracuda 3tb HDD. How I (Finaly) did it

Thanks Sam. It's a useful supplement to UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

The only prob I spot is the Diskpart command is actually Convert GPT after Cleaning the HD:
Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk

Users might also find using the installer's Custom install Drive Options a more user-friendly way to repartition and format the HD.

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Hey dudes,

I have a Maxtor 160GB hard disk that I have my operating system, and a Seagate Barracuda 7200 320GB for my media/extra files++.

Yesterday I turned on my computer and when I tried to explore that disk from My Computer/..... I saw instead of

"SG Barracuda320GB", .... "Local Disk D)" and it was not accesible when I tried to click on that disk.

I thought to restart my pc, sometimes a restart saves you... but after the restart I cannot see my disk at all inside 'My Computer' window. There is only the Maxtor one, plus, I cannot see the Seagate one in the Device Manager too.
I mean, it just disappeared or something, any ideas? Cause I have really important files there.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200 320GB Problem.

Go into to safe mode..
reboot the PC then press F8
select the very first on the list SafeMode

Does My Computer see the drive.. If it does then you need to go into
Control Panel
Click on System
Click on Advance
Click on Profiles and delete the one you're having a problem with...
Prior to doing that you need to backup your favorities and desktop.. if you want to save the data.

Now if this still doesn't do the trick then you might have a bad HDD Controller on the MOBO or the PSU is going bad.. Where not enough power for one of the HDD so it won't show-up no matter what you do..

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I've got a new Gigabyte P35-DS3L motherboard, and it works great. It recognizes my PATA optical drive and my SATA HDD.

It doesn't like my Seagate Barracuda 200GB PATA HDD. When that drive is attached, either on its own (set as master) or on cable select secondary to my optical drive, or set to slave secondary to my optical drive, the computer will not boot past the initial splash screen or go into the BIOS setup. When I disconnect it, my computer boots as normal.

The drive is known to be working as of today in another machine. How can I get the motherboard to recognize the drive?

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Please Help Have FollowingBiostar P4VTB-AO2 VER 1.1 Motherboard P-4 Intell 3-0 gig chipHave enabled sata chip in the bios but unable to locate drive, Have ran xp cd but again doe's not locate drive find's IDE drive's o/k,Have tried to load seagate disc wizard after pressing F6 to load scsi and raid if required when loading widow's but it tell's me txt missing, Do I need other driver,s or some other software have not used sata drive's before,Am i missing something or have done I something wrong With Thank's Ric

Answer:Seagate Barracuda Serial ATA Unable To Find

I found this hope it helps click here chris :-)

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Hey, I have been having a problem with my Seagate Barracuda 250GB Hard Drive, I got this hard drive with Dell and I've noticed that it's been over a year since I bought the PC, so I'm guessing my Warranty is done for.
The Hard Drive is making a really annoying scratching sound (I can get a hold of some audio of this if you need it, but it will come from my mobile phone) and when I load Counter-Strike Source server's for the FIRST time, the game loads the resources for the map but when it comes to sending client info it freezes css for around a minute then continues on, and during the time of which I cannot open up FireFox, which I now realise because I was going to google my problem, as the scratching is really noticable.

I've also noticed that it could be due to my hard drive dieing, but this has been happening on and off for about 3 weeks now, 2 formats and still coming on and off.

Anyone got any ideas? Will my DELL desktop still have a warranty (Baisc warranty)? Does Seagate offer any kind of Warranty for this hard drive (If so, can you link me to where I can look for a replacement)?

Thank's in advance
-Shaun Bradley

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 Scratching Sound

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I want/need to replace my PC's internal hard disk drive as it's been faulty for some time. My main problem is finding out exactly what to replace it with.

According to "msinfo" it is a Seagate Barracuda (ST3200822AS) but this exact model is discontinued so I need to find a close match that will definitely work with my PC.

A quick Google search turned up this page which gives all the specs of the drive but I'm not sure what the essential things are that need to be the same to make sure my new HDD will work.

Answer:Replacing a hard disk drive (Seagate Barracuda)

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I have a Seagate hard drive that has been working fine until I began using it in a different computer for test. I have a second computer that is capable of interfacing with a SATA drive. I was attempting to verify that capability by installing this SATA HD in that computer.

When I applied power, the fans started but stopped almost immediately (no POST). I have retried this three or four times with the same results.

I moved back to the computer where this drive normally resides as a second and seldom used HD (very little data on it). The drive nows prevents that comp[uter from coming up also. It fails in the same way. The fans start to move but stop almost immediately.

Something about the HDD is not suitable to the power supply (my analysis). Opinions, especially contrary ones, will be greatly appreciated.

The PC board on the HDD shows no signs of arcing or heating.

Seagate 3250620AS, P/N 9BJ14E-305

Seagate PC Board: 10040652S

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Hey i just ordered a new computer, and all the parts are working great except my harddrive is extremely loud. I have a Seagate Barraacuda 7200 250gig, and reading the reviews on most of them say its almost silent. It sounds like an incredibly loud scratching sound when its read/writing, a lot like the older harddrives sound. Its noise level is way above my 5 fans on their highest RPM (hopefully that helps give you an idea). This is my first seagate/SATA, so im not sure if it has to do with being one of those 2, or if it has to do with being brand new. Does anyone else have this harddrive that can comment on its noise level? The harddrive seems to be running great.

Thank you

EDIT: Im also hearing this faint ticking sound once every 5 min or so, it kinda sounds like the mob's speaker but quieter, and its coming from the harddrive.

Answer:Brand new Seagate Barracuda 7200 250gig loud?

bad drive send back or RMA it don't wait for oem warrenty to be up
I have this drive you can't hear it even on heavy load

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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.


Answer: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 recently installed everest to monitor the internal temp of my components after 2 WD 500 GB harddrives burned out on me. I noticed the temps were crazy hot on the graphics card and one harddisk in particular. so I went and got the Antec 900 case, installed all the optional fans and turned them all to high to see the differences. I live in Hawaii, so I don't have a/c. the avg room day temp is approx ~80F day, and 65~75F night. While my graphics card is still showing high temps, my main concern is that my new Seagate Barracuda 500GB drive is getting waaay to hot. Idle temps day are around 55~58C day, and 50~55C night. These temps are after one hour of power up, and no activity on system. Can anyone tell me why after all these fans in my unit are blowing on this thing, that it's temperature is still nearing its operational limits while sitting idle?

My other internal components are:
mobo: ECS 570 SLIT-A
cpu: DualCore Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (not overclocked)
graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT
hds: Maxtor 300GB | Maxtor 120 GB | Seagate Barracuda 500GB | Seagate Freeagent Pro 750GB (ext)
o/s: Vista SP1

Also, I've tried shifting the hd's to different positions in hd bay, but temps are still consistent. the 2 Maxtor's are approx 30~35C on avg.

O/S on Maxtor 300gb. Other Maxtor and Seagate hds are for data storage.

Mahalo in advance to all!

Answer:***seagate Barracuda 500gb High Temp Resolution?***

Welcome to MajorGeeks!

Those hard drives seem a bit too toasty! One thing I would try is remove the side of the case and let a house fan blow into it. If the stuff runs cooler, you have an airflow problem. If it does not, I would try to verify the HD and video card temps.

You can get inexpensive aftermarket video card coolers that work much better than most stock coolers.


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Hello,My system before operations:Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 with award BIOS4 x Samsung T166 500GB hard diskWindows XP SP 2I added Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 to the system. BIOS recognized Seagate as a 1500 GB hard drive (if i remember correctly). I Initialized the hard disk in disk management, made one 500 GB partition and other one from the rest of the disk. I moved files from one of the Samsung drive (about 500 GB) to the Seagate?s larger partition. It took a few hours. Seagate?s temperature remained lower than the temperature of the Samsung drives (about 42 C). Everything seemed to work without problems.Then I removed one of the Samsung drives. I had to disconnect them one by one, because I couldn?t know which one was the empty one. After I pinpointed the empty one, I removed it. After that BIOS auto detect says that Seagate is a 500 GB hard disk. Windows sees it as a 500 GB hard disk too, but it doesn?t detect any partitions in it.How can I get my system to recognize Seagate disk properly?

Answer:Problems with Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB hard disk

Right clik the drive in Disk Management and select Properties...Report back with the details. or a screenshot.

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I have a 40Gb seagate IDE disk drive , a barracuda IV. I'mnot sure exactly what has been done to this disk in the past BUT I can run seatools and it passes both the short and long tests fine.No SMART settings have been tripped. However I cannot appear to format it.

BIOS recognises it OK but windows or Mac do not see the disk in Management/Storage or disk utility.

When I ran seatoolsone thing I noticed was that it said 'security mode supported and enabled'. I don't want to try to recover data, I just want to get the diskwiped and back to usable. The seagate disk installationtool fails with an error.I wonder if the MBR or something has been removed ?

Any suggestions if there are toolsto reset this back to a working drive or is it now a paper weight?


Answer:Seagate Barracuda IV 40Gb, seatools checks OK but cannot format

The drive is what? Four years old? Five?
Old drives can fail and still look good because it is the first four sectors of the magnetic material on the magnetic plates that bubble up and are thrown off form the centrifugal fource of the spinning drive. If they are gone, it will not boot and will often show as good.
S.M.A.R.T. test shows good?
Any other drives installed?
Does it use an 80 conductor 40 connector EIDE cable or a 40 conductor?
Jumper set to master, not cable select?

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Hi Guys
I'm new to this forum and I'm not a HDD expert. If this problem is not an easy fix I will be sending the hard drive off for recovery.
I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB hard drive. When I mount this into to the dock, the drive is recognized and I can see all of the folders and files. If I try to copy any of the folders the hard drive freezes. I can copy small files for a period and then again it shuts down. There is a clunking noise coming from the hard drive and when it stops responding there is a sudden clunk and them it goes off line. Any diagnosis software I try to use causes the drive to shutdown.
If this is a faulty circuit board or if the head needs replacing I think I could managed this, but I'm not going top touch the platter.
Any Help or advice would be much appreciated

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB Data Recoverey

if the head needs replacing I think I could managed this
I can assure you that you wont.
I would suggest that you try cloning it to another drive just to see if you can recover your data. Probably wont from what you have said but worth a go.
If no luck then download "Reccuva" or similar recovery software and try that.

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My computer is a three year old Dell Studio 540 running Windows Vista Home Premium with a 500Gb hard-drive which is now almost full of music.My soundcard is a Xonar D2X Audio Centre. I want to purchase the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB and transfer my entire cd collection to use with my media player.I need advice about the following before I make the purchase please.
I have 42000 tracks over 385Gb of disk space on the 500Gb Dell hard-drive in the computer. Once copied,I would like to eventually delete all the music from the Dell hard-drive and use only the Seagate to do the following using my MediaMonkey media player.
Convert the currently remaining files from WMA at mainly 192kbps to WAV at 1440kbps which is cd quality and which sounds very noticeably better than WMA. Can such conversions be done using an external hard drive to populate MediaMonkey in the same way I did them from the computer hard-drive?
Will I be able to 'rip' my cds or legal downloads directly to the external hard-drive and is my assumption correct that it will always have to be plugged in to the computer and left on.
I have never attempted anything like this, so for me its a step into the unknown. I do have three full backups I'm updating at the weekend to make sure that should something go wrong, it'll not be a disaster.
Thank you very much for your invaluable help and advice.

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB To Use With A Media Player via a desktop?

There is absolutely no way that converting from [email protected] back to WAV will improve the sound quality. WMA is a "lossy" format, that is, some of the fine audio detail of the original CD tracks is lost permanently and completely irretrievable.
You should be OK copying CD's and downloads directly to external HD, and yes, both PC and HD need to be powered up to work.

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So I have been working in the tech field for sometime and I know about the problems with the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB drives going into brick mode. I wanted to buy two of them because from what I knew about their problem was that it's a firmware problem with the drives and that's why they go into brick mode in a few months? Now if I buy them and update their firmware from seagate's website I should be good then and no more brick modes?

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Brick Question

Does the updated firmware say that it addressed the bricking issue?

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I have a Seagate External HDD, srd00f2, that until yesterday was working perfectly. I can not think of anything that has changed, other than that the drive is no longer being recognised by Windows, and is beeping when connected. I have already tried a number of things, and have the following results:

Connecting 'normally' through USB. My laptop's USBs have been playing up a little recently, but I have tried the drive with two separate cables, on two separate laptops.

Windows Disk Management shows:
3.86 GB
Not Initialised
and to the right, one partition of 3.86GB, Unallocated.

Hard Disk Sentinal shows the serial number and 3.9GB, but no other information and a lot of '?'s

Minitool Partition Wizard shows
Disk 2
3.86 GB
Read Only (in red)

and then next to it, 3.9 GB, Bad Disk

HD Tune Pro allows me to do an error scan, but gives 100% bad sectors. If I do any other tests, I get I/O error, test aborted.

Safely Remove Hardware shows Eject Expansion Disk

DISKPART shows the drive as online, 3950MB total size, 3950MB free. I tried attr disk clear readonly but got the error that Diskpart failed to clear the attribute.
Connecting as a SATA drive.

I removed the drive from its case. Inside is a Barracuda 3TB drive, model st3000dm001. I have connected it using a SATA to USB 2.0 adaptor, and the results are even worse.

In Windows Disk Management, it shows Disk 1 as Unknown, Not Initialised. Trying to initialise the disk as GPT gives the error that the disk is too sm... Read more

Answer:Seagate Barracuda 3GB no longer being properly recognised, and beeping

Hi Jenks. Welcome to the TenForums @jenkachu.

While I'm not the expert in this recover area I wanted you to see the posting when I saw your message that it appeared worse when removed from drive. @jumanji states it has to do with formatting so please have a read before going further. He also mentions another tool.

Hard Drive seems corrupt. 1 Partition now showing as 3 Partitions?

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Would there be any conflict with this unit and W7.

I looked at this unit and it appears to me that it would be ideal for my laptop. I need about 120gb for backup of my C & D drives. I'm not sure if this unit is the best and find no place to compare it to other comparable products on the market.

If anyone has used this product I would ask your opinion of its performance and one other question. How long does it take for the first download of all files.


Answer:Seagate Replica 250gb with W7

If your only use is for disaster recovery, then this drive will do the job...That being said, I would recommend the purchase a large external drive that can also be used for storing individual files/folders...

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Hi, Does anyone have any experience of this USB External hard drive? I think my Western Digital 'My Book' is going to pack up soon, so need to find a replacement. Yesterday i asked about a Buffalo drive and got some positive responses, but this one looks good too (and tiny in size). Thanks - Tony

Answer:Seagate 250gb FreeAgent Go/2.5

I use a Buffalo drive however, and it's extremely reliable - the only irritation is the incessant humming noise the drive motor makes.

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I have a 250GB which seems to have failed entirely now. It's still detectable by Windows - is there any way I can recover the files? They're really important to me. I don't care what it cost to recover them, but of course cheaper the better

Answer:250GB Seagate HD failed

Contacy seagate. They should be able to help you.

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I recently bought Lenovo Y410 notebook and it came with windows vista home premium. As i want to install WinXP in my notebook, i tried with the WinXP CD available with me. But it didnt work, so i tried slipstreaming using nlite when i came to know that intel ich8m sata 3 port SATA Storage controller 2828 is the name of my SATA controller. But even then i am not able to install winXP. After copying all the installation files, the installation process doesnt move forward after rebooting. I am not getting the blue screen, but booting is not happening even after all the installation files are copied.

In short, i just want to install winXP on my laptop.
Inorder to try the AHCI disabling option, i checked in the advanced tab of bios, but such an option was not at all available there.
Pls help.

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so my drive is connected to my HP pavillion dv6133ea laptop through a usb nextar hd dock. it has worked fine for ages but now has started to stop suddenly during access of files on the drive. it's not making any funny noises, spins up fine but after 10 to 20 minutes of use stops working. if I reboot the drive sometimes it says it needs to format disk or if I wait a while it will boot up fine again. tried to diagnose myself and doesn't sound like a crash or notorious firmware problems to me. got it to boot up and tried to run CHKDSK on it. made it about 20 minutes through and suddenly stops. scared to keep trying to diagnose because if it is dying I want to save it's remaining vitality on trying to recover files!

any help is much appreciated!

Answer:seagate barracuda 7200.11 1000Gb drive problem, need help diagnosing :)

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My machine is equipped with the Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500 GB SATA 6.0 hard drive. It's an excellent drive overall, but somethings a bit strange about how it's been functioning lately. Ever since I needed to remove the SATA power cable during a PSU change, the disk's read/write performance sems odd. I wonder if this corresponds to my system's dramatically slower load-up of Windows startup items (programs that load immediately after I log in).  Here's the chart -----------------------------------------------------------------------CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 x64 (C) 2007-2010 hiyohiyoCrystal Dew World :* MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]Sequential Read : 105.226 MB/sSequential Write : 98.550 MB/sRandom Read 512KB : 24.688 MB/sRandom Write 512KB : 43.937 MB/sRandom Read 4KB (QD=1) : 0.253 MB/s [ 61.8 IOPS]Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 0.710 MB/s [ 173.3 IOPS]Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 0.698 MB/s [ 170.5 IOPS]Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 0.611 MB/s [ 149.1 IOPS]Test : 500 MB [C: 28.2% (127.9/452.9 GB)] (x3)Date : 2012/06/14 12:52:20OS : Windows 7 Ultimate Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64) For the Sequential Read/Write, that's actually better than I expect of a drive with 2030 hours of use on it because it was rated for 125 MB/s when it was new.  But when comparing it to this graph, things get interesting with the 512KB read/write rat... Read more

Answer:M91p (4495) Seagate Barracuda HD excessive drive wear?

Link to picture
That's another test using the HD Tune Pro utility. I notice several steep drops in read rates. Does that indicate bad sectors here and there? 
Moderator note; picture(s) totalling >50K converted to link(s) Forum Rules

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I use W7 Home Premium and would like to make a backup of my entire system. I will use the image method and the combination of my C and D discs are about 125GB total. It appears to me that this Seagate will do the job, however, I would like some opinions before I purchase it. Thanks

Answer:Seagate 250GB USB External Drive

You can get a 1TB external hd for $75. Why limit yourself. You can store an image of your hd, as well as back it up. Will the 250GB be ok? Yes. But go ahead and get the larger drive.
**GO 82nd - All the way! **

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I looked at this unit and it appears to me that it would be ideal for my laptop. I need about 120gb for backup of my C & D drives. I'm not sure if this unit is the best and find no place to compare it to other comparable products on the market.

If anyone has used this product I would ask your opinion of its performance and one other question. How long does it take for the first download of all files.


Answer:Solved: Seagate Replica 250gb

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Hi I am a newcomer here, and I have been searching for answers to my Raid problem, but can not find any related answers here, nor in other Forums that I have been searching.
In short I am now knocking on doors on people who appear to have knowledge with Raid questions, and you are one of them.
So here I go, I am trying to install a 80 Gig Seagate SATA drive as boot single drive. My Motherboard MSI 6570K7N2G has no SATA connectors, so I installed a PCI SATA - IDE Combo Controller Card Promise Fast Track 376. SATA 150
The drivers for this card are installed and recognized in Device Manager
Seagate Disk Utility can see the drive gives the ok, now comes the problem if I give the Fast Track Utility a assignment like 1+0 Stripe Windows that is XP Pro SP3 can see the drive in My Computer and Disk Management as Basic, Active, Online, and Healthy.
But I can not install XP onto that drive, I have the drivers unzipped on a Floppy pressing F6 then after loading some drivers S to install the Raid off the Floppy all this runs smoothly but then when Windows gets ready to install it will tell me Windows can not detect any hard drive. If I do the same without setting a Raid assignment Windows will not see the drive at all and the result is the same.
I have been told that I should be setting up a 1+0 Single Drive Array, but I can not do it all I can do is Stripe or Mirror for Performance, for the live of me I can not change that setting to single disk.
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Answer:Installing XP onto SATA Drive With PCI Controller

u have to have 2 or more drives to set up a RAID array, sounds to me u need a new mother board with SATA slots.

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