10-01-2011 12:17 PM - last edited on 10-01-2011 03:07 PM by MrMatthew
So I'm trying to help a friend out and I believe his drive is toast. It is completely undetectable in the BIOS and it actually beeps every time the computer posts. Usually several long consecutive beeps that eventually fade away. I’ve tried using the Seagate software to diagnose the drive but since the BIOS would not detect it, the software didn’t either. I’m certain the jumper setting are correct. All he wants are his photos and docs. Is there ANY way to pull data off this drive without sending it off to a recovery? Thanks in advance for your help.
Model # ST340810A
Serial # [Edited: Removed personal information per the community rules and regulations.]
Capacity - 40 gigs
10-01-2011 01:55 PM
Looks like its time for a new machine. IDE went out ages ago.
10-02-2011 05:41 PM - edited 10-02-2011 05:41 PM
I'd re-seat everything first and check the ide ribbon, then remove the MB battery for 30 seconds, if it still beeps then it's dead, only help then is $700 in a lab.
10-07-2011 05:14 PM
If it's bleeping it's 99% certainly dead, it's got to be well past it's shelf life now anyway, circa 2002?
10-10-2011 07:42 AM
If the BIOS cannot see the disk then it has failed.
Makes the case again, where is the backup?
10-10-2011 03:29 PM
It is still possibly fixable if you could isolate what exactly the problem is.
Follow this link to set up your drive correctly:
1) Is the motor still spinning? You can feel it when powering up. If NO, you can go to my thread titled "FreeAgent Desk recognized as Initio Default Controller":
to review my detailed comments to see if it could be of any help.
2) Is the control/logic board attached to your drive fried? If YES, just focus on the control/logic board.
Within this forum, enter the key word "diode" and/or "dead" in the "Search" box, you might find some DIY suggestions that hopefully match your drive problem.
Also, follow this link:
to learn more about the replacement control/logic board before you decide to buy.
Be advised that each PCB (control/logic board) was specifically calibrated to a specific hard drive. You would need to provide required info. of your bad PCB and hopefully, they would be able to transfer the "firmware" from your bad PCB to the new one for you.
10-10-2011 03:53 PM
I have the 20GB version of that disk, U series
so I could attempt to recover your files