Is this SATA hard drive dead?
Posted on 2012-08-23
An HP pavilion p63467c-b, windows 7 home premium, has been working fine for years with it's one internal SATA hitachi hard drive on sata1 mobo port and an optical drive on SATA2 mobo port. No one has opened the PC for years.
But yesterday it started saying:
"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
The BIOS does NOT see the hard drive (says port1 is empty, sata2 is optical drive)
I left the CMOS battery out for a while. I tried resetting the bios within the bios (load defaults & save) I tried setting the SATA controller mode from from raid to ide to ahci. hep j
I tried unplugging the DVD drive. Then I tried putting the HDD into SATA port 2. Then I even tried connecting the HDD to the MOBO using the Optical drive's power & data cables. The optical drive was ALWAYS detected, the HDD,never. (I believe this rules out cables, connections, and ports)
I believe SATA drivers are not an issue in this case - esp since it was already working before?
Likewise, the HDD jumpers wouldn't be the issue would they? since it's a 3 year old PC -- and ESP since the computer was working fine before.
Someone mentioned resetting the CMOS/BIOS jumpers. I think I accomplished this - but isnt' this redundant to taking otu the battery?
When I booted from the computer's reinstallation optical disks, it said no HD detected.
What I plan to do is remove the HD and plug it into either my mother's windows 7 SATA PC or my father's windows vista SATA PC. Whichever one it is, I'll unplug the current SATA HDD and plug in the "bad" HDD, and see if the new computer's BIOS detects it. If it does NOT, I'll assume the HDD Is BAD.
The owner of the non-working computer really wants the data from the disk, which wasn't backed up (!!!).
(1) Regarding the above plan to plug the bad HDD into a different SATA computer -- do I need to do anything besides plugging in the HDD to the MOBO via SATA data & power cables to test the drive (by using the BIOS detection)?
(2) Is there anything else I should try? (eg jumpers?)