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SATA Hard disk fails during boot

Last response: in Storage
October 12, 2011 1:16:28 PM

One of my hard disk's recently didn't not allow me to boot. I have 3 hard disks on my system. The first disk on which I have installed the OS and the second disk which I added later are fine. I added this third disk recently and copied some data to it. It had suddenly failed. Any suggestions why this could be. !!
a c 120 G Storage
October 12, 2011 1:24:18 PM

All devices will fail over time; some sooner, some later.

It could be the HDD or it could be the SATA cable connecting the HDD to the motherboard. Try a different cable,

Install and run "HDTune" and check the results.
October 12, 2011 1:33:12 PM

1. Check any BIOS settings related to SATA and boot priorities. (be sure to check all cable are correctly in place/properly seated)

2. Disable any unessential drives and listen for any weird sounds from the drive (clicking/buzzing).

3. How old is the drive? mechanical drives don't last forever unfortunately, they do slowly degenerate.