I bought a WD Blue (wd2500aakx) off of ebay, to replace my current HDD. Turns out it is not recognized by the Bios. I have tried switching between Sata2 and Sata3 ports on my Mobo (p6x58d). I also tried my thermaltake dock, both by sata and usb. I also docked it to my friends macbook. I've reset and updated the Bios. It is not recognized by anything nor by any means so far. Any suggestions before I quit?
If your BIOS settings are correct (they should have been with your previous HDD), then it should work. So, it won't even spin up? Sounds like a bad drive to me.
Yeah, the BIOS settings should be fine. I just swapped it back to my old drive. I couldn't tell if the new drive is not spinning up or it is just real quiet. It is definitely more quiet than my case fans. A drive should not be that quiet right? I just need someone to tell me to give up. Otherwise I'd be troubleshooting forever.
Does it have a PM2 jumper? If so, then it is configured to Power Up In Standby (PUIS). Alternatively, PUIS could be enabled in the firmware, in which case you could use a utility such as HDAT2 to disable it.
To wake up the drive, you would need to launch HDAT2 with the /w switch, ie ...