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Hard drive is dead

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Last response: in Storage
July 20, 2012 12:09:06 PM

I have a sumsung 1TB sata drive and when I plug it into my pc then the pc does not get any power
almost like a bricked situation as the drive suddenly behaved like this and help on this or previous threads on this subject with
a solution as I am new to tom's hardware......

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a b G Storage
July 20, 2012 12:16:28 PM

Try the drive in another machine, check your power supply and the cables.
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July 27, 2012 6:35:13 AM

the drive does it on all computers
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a b G Storage
July 27, 2012 12:12:19 PM

Then the title of this forum post seems to be 100% accurate. Get it RMA'd under warranty if possible.
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a b G Storage
July 27, 2012 2:24:47 PM

Bummer. There are recovery services but they cost a fortune and don't always work (depends on the fail). Most people just lose the data. Now that you've been smoked by dead drive its time to think backup.

One approach is to get an external USB drive and then run the builtin windows backup process. Make sure you build some bootable win CDs to get you booted to do the recovery. Second approach is to get two drives and run in Raid1 mirroring which gives you up to the last second recovery on hardware fails (nice), but makes you vulnerable to virus taking out system and leaving you with no data (bad). People who run raid1 usually have a time backup also.

If the failed disk was from an prebuilt system (e.g. HP, Dell, etc.) then either you made backup disks already or you no longer have a copy of windows. All of the major builders will send you another set of recovery disks for $10-$20. Much cheaper than buying a new copy of windows. If you do go for a new copy of windows (or download win8) make sure you get the drivers from your PCs manufacturer. If you built PC youself then you have windows and know to reload chipset drivers, etc.

good luck.
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