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Hello guys, I have a problem with my hard drive. When i boot the screen does not post and all that I see is a white dash in the top left corner of my screen which then follows by a singular click that can be heard from the hard drive, this goes on in an endless loop. I have already purchased a new drive however I would like to know if this current drive is definitely dead.

I have switched the sata cable between mutliple slots on my motherboard however the result is the same.

I would also like to mention that the drive is 10 years old so it was probably at the edge of its life anyway.

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I have taken the hard drive out and booted up the PC to see if it posts, and this is where the confusing part starts because i still get a white dash at the top left corner of my screen. Does this mean it posted OK? or is there something wrong with the motherboard?
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  1. Best answer
    Sounds like a dead drive. Blinking underscore cursor means that OS is not accessible.
  2. CountMike said:
    Sounds like a dead drive. Blinking underscore cursor means that OS is not accessible.


    I took out the drive and the same happens is everything alright with the motherboard?
  3. Drive not working and drive not present show same symptoms, no OS found. Can you enter BIOS ?
  4. CountMike said:
    Drive not working and drive not present show same symptoms, no OS found. Can you enter BIOS ?


    I have GA-78LMT-USB3 motherboard, the DEL key should take me to the BIOS however nothing happens. I am using a wireless keyboard, i don't have a wired one.
  5. That's unfortunate, you have to get into BIOS to check if everything is working.
  6. CountMike said:
    That's unfortunate, you have to get into BIOS to check if everything is working.


    The new hard drive should arrive in about 4 days from now, i will try to install windows via usb and see how things turn out. Thank you for your time.
  7. You will still need to get into BIOS to start installation, better get some cheap wired KB while you are at it.
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