Possible HD problems

Something strange began to happen some weeks ago.
When I start the PC it stays half a minute on the first page after the line "DETECTING ID DRIVE".
Than it refuses to recognize 1 of the 2 HDs.

But the funny thing is that when windows appears I have no problem whatsoever accessing both disks.

Rebooting the PC, the 2 HDs are recognized without delay on the first page after DETECTING IDE DRIVE.

What does this symptom mean?? I am a bit worried about my HDs which are quite new.


AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Cuore 4200+ 2200 mhz
Gigabyte Motherboard M61PME-S2P
4 Gb RAM
Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT
Sound Maker Value PCI audio Acceleration Card

2 Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM 001-1CH164 SCSI disks

Windows 8 Professional 64 bit

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Seagate drives are notorious for short life, but IDE?

I'd do a scan on both drives, checking for any bad sectors for the hard drives. However you say it's checking IDE drives which makes me wonder about your CD/DVD drive(s). Do you know if your CD/DVD drive is IDE? Maybe that's the problem. If so, they're not expensive, and they're easy to replace.
Good luck.

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Many PCs have the BIOS set to emulate IDE
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Worst buy
Sad It looks like I bought one of the worst models, hehe.

Not nice at all, you are totally right there. Sad

Thanks again!!
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First, those are regular SATA drives.
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Thanks both of you!!!

Thanks to both of you, wpgwpg & R. Profitt!!

Yes, both are the same Sata Seagate Barracuda 2tb drives.
Yesterday I did a scan on both drives and no problem was detected.

I have some experience with HD failures so I have my backups up to date.

So your advise is to look out for a better quality drive. Any in mind???

Thanks again for your expertise!!


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(NT) From what I've seen, HGST most reliable, WD is OK.
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You can be sure my next drive will be HGST!

Thanks again! Happy

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Just a few weeks ago

A laptop with that make and it passed all tests save one. The maker's tests passed but it would not clone as there were read errors. It took extra steps to get the laptop restored and the owner's files safe. The owner was upset about the lost apps but apps we can replace. Their files? Not so easy.

I do not have any faith in HDD testing when it's a Seagate.

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That is a real nuisance. It is the only thing, we amateurs, can do, run a test.

I am not too worried, because like you say, apps can be reinstalled and my important files are all backupped.
Just look out for a new, reliable, drive. In the long term, cheap is always expensive. Wink

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Dare I write this? Sure I will.

I get this uneasy vibe about this make today. It's like they wrote the tests like VW wrote their software.

There, I wrote it.

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A very clear comparison.

I have never found any problems on driver using those tests. All working perfectly well. Laugh

Thanks for your great humor. Happy

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drive that is

Not driver!! Slip of the pen. Angry

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