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Old 08-20-2007, 09:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday night, my house RCD tripped while I'm uploading file to internet. After recovered PC power, I found that my SATA HDD disappeared from windows XP HDD list - other 2 IDE HDD, FDD, DVD drives & movable drive remained. I opened device manager, selected drives icon and right clicked on it then forced it to scan for hardware change. Device manager didn't found the SATA drive.

However, every time I rebooted the PC, BIOS reported existence of the SATA HDD. I tried connect that SATA HDD to SATA0 then 1 of my gigabyte GA-8S655FX(-L) motherboard (my motherboard had 2 available SATA ports). Each time BIOS could found the HDD drive.

Was my SATA dead ? If no, how could I make XP to discover it again ?
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Old 08-20-2007, 09:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yesterday night, my house RCD tripped while I'm uploading file to internet. After recovered PC power, I found that my SATA HDD disappeared from windows XP HDD list - other 2 IDE HDD, FDD, DVD drives & movable drive remained. I opened device manager, selected drives icon and right clicked on it then forced it to scan for hardware change. Device manager didn't found the SATA drive.

However, every time I rebooted the PC, BIOS reported existence of the SATA HDD. I tried connect that SATA HDD to SATA0 then 1 of my gigabyte GA-8S655FX(-L) motherboard (my motherboard had 2 available SATA ports). Each time BIOS could found the HDD drive.

Was my SATA dead ? If no, how could I make XP to discover it again ?
Mow???... :/... am I just a newb? i understand only SATA hard drive disk and windows xp....
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so it's not in device manager? or disk management?
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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so it's not in device manager? or disk management?
Not found in both
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check if the sata HD is spinning when you boot up, if yes then check the sata cable , if its not spinning then take a look at the PSU
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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check if the sata HD is spinning when you boot up, if yes then check the sata cable , if its not spinning then take a look at the PSU
That's no way I could check. All the mechanical parts of the HDD were sealed under metallic cover. Also, the HDD had no front side LED showing if it's powered up or spinning.
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Put your finger on HDD and see if you can feel it vibrating.
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That's no way I could check. All the mechanical parts of the HDD were sealed under metallic cover. Also, the HDD had no front side LED showing if it's powered up or spinning.
You listen to it closely or just place your hand on top of it.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Everything inside the PC (include the case itself) is slightly vibrating because the fans (CPU, PSU) are running. I couldn't tell whether the vibration is due to itself or by vibration of other components.
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Vibrating? How do you think everything is vibrating? I don't know about you, but when I touch my HDD, that's pretty much the only thing I can feel.
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