Is my HDD dead?
August 28, 2012 at
Hi guys. I have been having major troubles with a new computer I built recently. I think I fixed most of them at the moment, but somewhere along the lines... I think my HDD might have died. It is a 2TB Seagate "green" drive I have been using for storage for several years now.
Let me list my current parts:
GTX 560 Ti
Corsair CX600 PSU
2x4 GB DDR3
120 GB Agility 3 SSD (OS)
2 TB Seagate HDD (Storage)
Windows 7 64-bit
So I had this drive for years without any problems. The new computer I built had been freezing on me daily. I flashed the motherboard to the latest BIOS and have not had the freezing since. It only took me a month or more to realize the BIOS would have fixed it.
Anyway let me describe what happened to my HDD. One time after a freeze, Windows had to run chkdsk on startup to fix my HDD. Another time after a freeze, Windows failed to boot. I ended up moving the HDD onto my old computer where Windows was able to run chkdsk and fix the drive again. I put the HDD back into my new computer then shortly after, I got a BSOD saying there was a hardware problem/malfunction. Windows failed to boot again until I removed the HDD. I put the HDD into my old computer, hoping chkdsk would fix it again. Nope, Windows would not boot on my old computer this time. I got an external HDD and put my 'broken' HDD into the enclosure and plugged it into my computer after loading Windows. After the drivers were installed, I was notified that my HDD (both partitions) were not formatted and asked if I wanted to format... I entered 'no.'
I then tried manually running chkdsk on the HDD. I went to start menu and typed "chkdsk :L /F" (drive letter was :L, /F is supposed to be for automatically fix errors). Chkdsk ran for a minute or two, but it didn't seem to do anything as I could still not access the drive afterwards. I tried a different method of running chkdsk, by opening an elevated command prompt and typing the same thing "chkdsk :L /F". It gave me an error saying "the type of this system is RAW" and wasn't able to run.
I then tried a recovery program called ZAR (Zero Assumption Recovery). While trying to scan my HDD (still via external/usb) for errors or whatnot, the program was constantly "not responding." I read somewhere that even though it was "not responding" it was actually running, albeit very slowly.. and it seemed to be the case. Anyhow, I left it to run for a few hours while I stepped out, and when I returned I got a BSOD...
I am kind of stuck now as to what to do. The drive is still under warranty, but my data is still on the drive. I don't think there is anything super important on it, but there may be some stuff on it I don't necessarily want other people to see if I send it back under warranty.. I'm here to look for advice on how to possibly repair it or at least extract/wipe data from it.