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Old 06-08-2008, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default unusal harddrive problem. never ending beep

i thought it went bad and i was just going to get a drive but i was told other wise.
here is the theard the problem with found and talked about
read this bofore you go on down the page.

http://www.computerforums.org/showth...243#post805243


i am stumped and people there were too...........
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:19 PM   #2
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I am sorry, but I have to agree with the consensus that it might not be your HD. Constant beeps can be caused by a lot of things, and the most prominent that comes to me is a stuck key on your keyboard.

Your question about HD sizes, which version of Windows? I think anything below XP SP1 won't support more than a certain size with out an update (I think), but after that, the only limit is how many SATA or IDE ports you have.

We really wanna help you fix this, and we were just voicing our thoughts in the other thread. If you really want to buy a new HD, what is your price range and minimum size? I know you said Newegg and WD, so here is a really nice 500gb for 100 bucks: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136185
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Old 06-08-2008, 08:25 PM   #3
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Default Re: unusal harddrive problem. never ending beep

will i am not looking to get a harddrive anymore. if i can get this fixed i might not need one.

i just posted that link for the part that have to do with my problem.



going offline to try the HDD in this computer.
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Old 06-08-2008, 09:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: unusal harddrive problem. never ending beep

There's another problem. many times when switching hard drives with an already installed OS into another computer will cause a no boot issue because things like the IDE, chipset, drivers and devices are different.
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Old 06-08-2008, 10:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: unusal harddrive problem. never ending beep

the drive was in this computer. then i got my computer. i took the drive out and put it in mine. and then i put the backup copy as master in my moms.

this drive has worked in both coputer and now doesn't work in either.

both computer work fine with other drives. just NOT this dirve.
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Old 06-09-2008, 02:57 AM   #6
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A> Does it spin up? Like make wirrring noise?
B> If it does, have you tried to run the diag program that came with them? (You can download those if you need to)
C> Can you see the drives from the bios? If you can that's a good sign they are still among the living. Have the bios scan for the drives.
Be surprised at how many times it's just the bios is not seeing the drive till it get scanned for.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:16 AM   #7
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Make sure that you've tried booting up with nothing plugged into your PC but keyboard, mouse, (power of course), and monitor. Only plug in the HDD (set the jumper to master and plug in the master end of the IDE cable onto the IDE0 channel. Go into BIOS and make sure that you are only booting to your HDD and make sure everything else is disabled or after your HDD boot. As others have mentioned, the beep pattern seems to not be associated with an HDD but there's a first time for everything. Also, use Memtest to check out your RAM..that still could be part of the problem..who knows. Also, I've experienced fault in IDE cables, and I've experienced putting them in backwards, so check that too..
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A> Does it spin up? Like make wirrring noise?
B> If it does, have you tried to run the diag program that came with them? (You can download those if you need to)
C> Can you see the drives from the bios? If you can that's a good sign they are still among the living. Have the bios scan for the drives.
Be surprised at how many times it's just the bios is not seeing the drive till it get scanned for.
his system doesnt even post nothing comes up on the screen it just beeps so how can he do what you suggest?
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:37 AM   #9
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i think i might be able to get into the bois. should i take a video of what it does.

here is a link for downloads for my product. (what do i get?)

and i could not get memtest to upload to my flash drive. i have a burner but it is not in this computer. i guess ill change them back again lol.

and what memtest do i get?

ill take a video of what happens when i get home from work.
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Make sure that you've tried booting up with nothing plugged into your PC but keyboard, mouse, (power of course), and monitor. Only plug in the HDD (set the jumper to master and plug in the master end of the IDE cable onto the IDE0 channel. Go into BIOS and make sure that you are only booting to your HDD and make sure everything else is disabled or after your HDD boot. As others have mentioned, the beep pattern seems to not be associated with an HDD but there's a first time for everything. Also, use Memtest to check out your RAM..that still could be part of the problem..who knows. Also, I've experienced fault in IDE cables, and I've experienced putting them in backwards, so check that too..
fact: this harddive has worked perfectly for many days in both of my computers, now it dont work in either.

so your saying my ram might be bad or my cables? so you are also saying my cables and RAM are bad in this computer too. which works at this exact moment in time with any drive but the one that has a problem. and my computer also works with any drive but the problemed one.

ill do all your test but i dont see how a hardrive can make ram/cables go bad and yet when i put a different drive in, both computers work fine.

see my point. if you dont read it again.
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fact: this harddive has worked perfectly for many days in both of my computers, now it dont work in either.
ummm... if the system works fine with no drive,
or any other drive.
just not with that drive.

and that drive does not work in any other system... I think it's reasonably fair to say that the drive is not working.



assuming that everthing works fine completly fine with other things just not the drive, then i'd guess the drive was broken.

as for what is broken in the drive, it could be anything, but I'm thinking it's likely to be a physical problem, some kind of short or blown chip...


if you have things on the drive that you need then the only thing that I can suggest is you either...
send the drive away to recovery specialists.
or
buy a drive of the exact same model from Ebay or simillar and make sure it works. then swap the controller board between the 2 disks if the problem is with the controller on the HDD then a replacement controller board will fix it.

other than that there is not a lot you can do, i think that you have sucessfully found through swap testing components that it's definitly the HDD that causes the trouble. for whatever reason.

I think if I had to go out on a limb I'd say that the control board is broken in the HDD and saps power or shorts something that is causing another device to fail and give beeps at the POST test.


having googled.

http://www.computerhope.com/beep.htm

the only constand beeps are with IBM bios's and indicate a power problem. -which ties in with what I've suggested that the electronics on the disk are likely faulty.
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