dead hard drive...maybe
I have a system I setup for file sharing over the network, like a server basically. When lightning hit in the area, it managed to only take out the server's file sharing hard drive (theoretically, since it went out that day, I can't really prove the lightning took it out). The rest of the system still worked (but I replaced the PSU for good measure). The hard drive is a Western Digital 250GB SATA that's only like 4 months old, so still under warranty. The deal is, when I have it in a system and try to boot Windows, it hangs at boot. It did this with the 3 systems I tried it in. However, it gets power and spins up as well as the BIOS detects it is there. I actually have DBAN running to erase the drive and it's at 55% now w/ no probs. It just will not run at all in Windows. I didn't try Linux, so I dunno. What do you think? If it doesn't work with a format, I will try RMA since it's got warranty. But I wanted some thoughts on this. I already bought a 500GB replacement for it to get the sever running again, but I might as well get an RMA if nothing else works.