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Can a motherboard problem cause a new hard drive to fail?

Q: Can a motherboard problem cause a new hard drive to fail?

I am trying to help someone with a Toshiba drive a hard a fail? motherboard cause problem new to Can Satellite L -S laptop computer with Win Recently the hard drive failed and a new hard drive Fujitsu was installed not by me Then just a few weeks ago the hard drive Can a motherboard problem cause a new hard drive to fail? failed again - after only a few hours of operation I verified this by removing the drive and connecting it to a Dock The drive is not recognized I tried connecting the dock to Can a motherboard problem cause a new hard drive to fail? different computers I can hear some clicking noises coming from the drive but I cannot access the drive As a check I connected a known good drive to the dock and everything works The owner of the computer was told again not by me that the problem is that there is a motherboard problem causing the hard drives to fail Does anyone know of any motherboard problem that can cause a NEW hard drive to fail I searched this forum and I tried several different search engine searches but without success nbsp

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A:Solved: USB Hard drive problem - will not register - possible fail?

I am having the same problem for the second time now with different ext hdds and also tried in different machines but still the same result...............pretty sure the drives had it.

If you or anyone finds out otherwise please let me know, thanks.
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A:Windows XP Crash Issues - Hard Drive fail, start up fail

Hi there
So what I gather is that you now cannot start your computer up at all, due to this issue. I'm actually unsure of the problem, it sounds to me like a Virus has been at your computer. It can't really be a hardware issue I don't think... I mean it is possible that what could have been happening is that your computer (Desktop or Laptop?) is overheating and its been damaged because of that... But that wouldn't really make sense, and also having Custom Built a computer I'm sure you'd have been smart enough to install a thoroughly capable cooling system.
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A couple of things we need to know:
Do you have any sort of Anti-Virus installed? If so, which one? How frequently did it scan? Did you find any virus's?
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A:Motherboard/Hard drive problem

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A:Diagnosing Hardware Problem - Motherboard or Hard Drive?

What is the make and model of your power supply and your motherboard?
Have you done any Overclocking?
Are all updates done and drivers updated?
Have you tried to run the computer with just the SSD (your OS hard drive) to see if the problem persists?
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A:Problem recovering data from laptop hard drive after motherboard failure

Try to take ownership.
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A:Accidentally changed hard drive with OS to dynamic drive.startup fail.

Hello Yee, welcome to Seven Forums!

Have a look at Option Four in the tutorial at the link below to see if the "Set Partition as Primary" option is available; there's also a link in the same tutorial for the info on creating a Windows recovery disk.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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A:Hard drive fail

A noise coming from the hard drive you replace is faulty,,, it's indicates mechanical better buy new one...
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A:Hard Drive Fail

1. Reinstallng or attempting to reinstall the OS will serve no useful purpose
It may well result in complete failure due to the apparent unhealthy state of the hard drive

2. Take the drive out, connect to another computer and copy whatever you can from your personal data

3. If you have the means to install whatever OS it is - do so on a new laptop drive and then copy back your personal data

4. HOW LONG - the question is as opened ended as asking when will a light bulb - blow

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6. If you are lucky enough to get a boot into windows and using then the new laptop drive connected usb to the laptop you may then try a clone using this

7. If the clone works you will not lose anything

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A:Hard Drive fail

Hi,Sadly to say: Most of the time the 24 char failure id indicates the HDD is failing and need to be replaced. Is it still under warranry ? If Yes, please call HP for a replacement.In the US: HP technical support: 800-474-6836. If you live outside the US/Canada Region please click the link below to get the support number for your region.    Regards.
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A:Can RAM cause a hard drive to fail?

AFAIK, not likely.
It might just be coincidence.
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A:Hard Drive PCB fail

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A:Hard drive fail?

Most of my tick, tick, ticking HD's won't even boot. But when they have just started ticking it is usually a bad sign. Back up NOW !
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Hi there,

Make sure the drives out of the pc.

Start (Bottom left)
Right click "My Computer"
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A:hard drive fail

Not a good sign. That's it? That's all you see?

Do you have more than one drive?

Be sure to check all your connections to be sure it is the drive and not something minor that was overlooked.
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A:Hard drive is starting to fail

no backup solution poses rather a problem :/
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A:Primary hard drive fail....

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A:Hard Drive Transplant Fail

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A:Hard drive short check dst fail

try using ubuntu

UBUNTU Stand Alone DVD

Note the latest version of UBUNTU needs a DVD to use and boot from

if you only have CDs then you can use an older version, version 10 or 11 from this archive list

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UBUNTU version 14
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== > Try ubuntu
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Version 14.10
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on the left hand side menu
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Quote: Originally Posted by azathoth

Hi all!

I had some serious problems with my SATA Hard Drives last night...

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A:Fail to start up - Can't boot hard drive - Windows cannot be installed

I don't see where either Legacy BIOS or CSM are enabled, just Legacy Boot - is there a panel not shown? But that may be enough to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 if that's what worked for install.

That makes it easier to repair. Confirm the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C is Partition Marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will start.

Different hybrid hard drives require different install procedures. If it's Intel Rapid Storage Technology it normally requires being turned off in BIOS for install, then enabled to activate the 24gb caching drive. But since IRST can also be problematic many leave it disabled. We've even helped users install to the SSD their OS and programs with the data folders linked from HDD, it worked and they wanted to keep it.

Read your Manual on the PC's Support Downloads webpage to see exactly how yours works. It would also help if you could post back a camera snap of Partition Wizard CD
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A:hard drive? or motherboard?

Well, if you replaced the HD and it still doesn't work right..

It could be a bad connection. Does your laptop use some kind of a tray or an adaptor for the hard drive? It may not give good contact. Maybe get another one?

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A:motherboard or hard drive?

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A:Motherboard or hard drive?

I'm having the same reply as you. One thing I hope for me its the motherboard. It suck if it was the HDD. Have so much stuff on the HDD.
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A:Motherboard or hard drive?

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A:Need help with Hard Drive to Motherboard

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A:Bad Hard drive? BAD MOTHERBOARD!?

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A:Bad Motherboard or Hard Drive

Welcome to TechSpot

In PCs anything is possible, but I don't think the mobo causes it.
Rather, check the cables and the jumper-settings on the harddisks.
Those HDs would prefer a 80-wire flat-cable, rather than a 40-wire cable.
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In the Storage & Networking forum is a "sticky", get the HD-util for Seagate from there and run it.
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A:Hard drive vs. Motherboard

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A:Existing hard drive on new motherboard.

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A:How to add a SATA2 hard drive to IDE-only motherboard.

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A:Want a challenge? it the hard drive, the motherboard, or the PSU?

It could be the PSU beginning to break down, as the different results using different connectors of the power supply certainly raises questions as to the state of it.

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If it was me, and the motherboard was under warranty, my first port of call would be to RMA it, and get a replacement. I highly recommend you stick to Gigabyte, they make outstanding motherboards generally.
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A:Adding old hard drive to new motherboard.

Hi ohisay, and welcome to TSG.

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A:Changing Hard drive and motherboard

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A:Is it motherboard or hard drive or bios , which is the cause of this

recently removed my computer drives - master and slave

Both are SATA

There's some confusion from the start. There is no such thing as master and slave with SATA drives! Master and slave drives come from the old technology, EIDE (PATA) drives where you could have two drives attached to one "data" cable and one motherboard connector. With two drives on one data cable, there needed to be a way for the system to keep track of the drives, so one drive was designated as master, the other as slave. And this was determined by a jumper on the back of the drive and where on the cable the drive was connected.

But with SATA drives there is only one drive per data cable. Every drive has it own data cable and motherboard connector. So no master or slave designation is needed.

You can have more than one drive on a power cable with SATA, but that has nothing to do with master and slave - as again, no such thing with SATA drives.

The boot drive is determined by the boot order set in the BIOS.
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A:Can i just plug my old hard drive into my new motherboard using my win 7 OS?

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