HDD Failure

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I have a Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 300GB IDE drive that has decided not
to work anymore (after less than a year).  It spins up fine, then in
POST, the BIOS lists it as a string of numbers rather than its name, and
then when the OS tries to load, the machine slows to a crawl.  Here's
what I've done to troubleshoot so far.
Tried to read it from Spinrite in FreeDOS -- no go.  FreeDOS loads, then
spinrite locks.
Tried to load ERD Commander.  Won't function when it loads up.
Tried to recover files with Ghost 10.  The GUI will come up, but yo
can't select any options.
Used a HDD enclosure to try to read it through USB 2.0 port.  Windows XP
brings up the "found new hardware" icon, and it sits there until I shut
it down.
Repeated steps with another PC -- same results.
Could this be a controller issue?  If so, could I just swap the
controller with one of the same model?  I would like to get the data on
that drive.
Thanks for any help.


Re: HDD Failure

eye bro kit wrote:
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Seek professional help. It could be the controller, but it's more picky
than exact model, more like same firmware version. You can contact
seagate, but I advise going to a professional to recover your data.
(they put the platters on a special reader)

Next time have backups.

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