When do you know you hard drive is really dead?

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Hey guys, here the deal so today I left on my computer to defrag while I went away to go watch my uncle play indoor soccer. When I came back, probably about and 1hr and a half later, I came back to see my computer was in the start up bios screen saying "No Operarting System". So I was flipping out trying to figure out what to do, because mainly I was frustrated that I had lost all my data. So I have 2 drives in a raid 0. So 1st thing that came into mind was to insert windows vista cd and boot up the windows repair. Well that didnt do nothing, so then I thought to my self.. mmhh  ok lets see if my drives are showing up when I want to install windows, because they were showing up in Bios. So I go ahead and try to install windows to see if my drives where showing up.. it was saying I only had 1 drive.. both are 150GB so what I did was while it was still connected I disconnect drive 1 first, and clicked refresh, and everything remain the same, then i plugged it back in and unplugged drive 2, thats when nothing was showing up. Does that mean my Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB is dead? Too bad it only lasted 3 years and the other one which I dont know why model it is, its a WD for sure Ive had it for about 6 years

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switch the SATA cables between drives and see what that does

might by a slight chance be the sata cable, thats the cheapest and easiest thing to check so far

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I gave that a try, since I got a bunch of spares of SATA cables. Same happens.. bios detects drive.. when their both set up in a raid.. Windows Setup reads the setup but won't install Windows.. screen remains at 0% and from there nothing happens. When I try each seperately sometimes it shows up and something it doesnt, but still wont let me install windows. Could of both died? How can I be sure I can  pronounce them dead.. because the raptor drive still has manufacture warrenty, got it back in 2007 and its a 5 year warranty. 

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You know it's dead when you can't see it in the bios or another computer. Sometimes the cables go bad or the power to the drives have loose headers or the motherboards ports stop working. Only way to know for sure is to plug the drives into another motherboard.

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I was able to install Vista on the other 150GB the non raptor one. On the raptor one, sometimes it would detect it sometimes it wouldn't. When it came to trying to install Vista, it wasn't even possible. Im guessing it just became defective. I just don't know what should I do right now, should I try to RMA through WD and see if I can get it replace. or should I just buy a new drive for more space.. having 300gb I was almost 5gb away from filling up the whole thing. Was thinking of geting a 1TB drive, but then again, Im gonna missing have that 10,000rpm in raid 0. 

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RMA the drive, they have a 5 year warranty. Might get lucky and get a newer version.

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You have a point Tivon, mmhhhh never had to deal with Western Digital Customer Support, read some bad reviews on newegg how they take forever to replace a RMA. But yea Im gonna keep my fingers cross and hope for something better =D. 

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Their RMA is hit and miss, at times fast and other times very slow. I'm sure they ran out of Raptor drivers and will probably replace it with a VelociRaptor.

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If you want to be sure, download GParted (Linux HDD manager), boot it up, and see if it is recognized in there.

Also, try having only the raptor drive plugged in (take the other drive out) and see if it changes anything. Try a different computer as well. Check all power leads just in case too.

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I actually got my replacement today, but guess what guys now my stupid computer is giving me more headics.. now it randomly shuts off.. and i know its probably a sign of the power supply dying.. ive had it for some years now... its an OCZGXS700 but ahhh gosh with no money i dont know what to do