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My Seagate ST3360320AS drive has suddenly begun to do things out of the ordinary and has been causing me no end of hassle over the last few days. I’m writing this to you using my tablet because the computer itself is no longer as stable as it used to be. I did a reinstall of Windows Vista after I had some problems with the previous installation although the disc itself was fine and since then the drive will not boot up I’d say 50% per cent of the time. It is displayed in BIOS as being there and when I select it and save using f10 the machine starts but then when I shut down and reboot the same problem occurs. I was told by a friend that the problem might be a dry joint in the printed circuit board although when I have tried installing the drive in his machine it works fine and continues to work fine every time we reboot. I tried doing a backup while the drive was in his machine but the drive would not allow us to access anything in the folders. We can see all the files and folders and can even use the display hidden files command in Windows but when it comes to copying elsewhere we are getting nowhere. Are we doing something wrong and if so can you point us in the right direction?

After using a Maxtor drive for a long time in my computer I have had to make the change to a Seagate drive when the Maxtor one simply decided it had taken as much of a battering from me as it could. I write jingles for radio commercials so use a lot of RAM and hard drive space and was able to make a successful backup before the Maxtor drive gave up the ghost. I’m running Windows 7 64Bit and have installed a Seagate ST31000528AS and after only a week and a half this drive has started to cause problems too. I’ve checked boot logs, repairing the boot record and repeatedly checking the disc for errors only to be told that the drive is active to the tune of 100% but there is no level of input/output. I’m concerned that there is a virus of some description on the disc that I can’t detect and am weary now as when I come to try and make a new backup the whole thing is read-only and allows me no opportunity to make changes. When I connect an external USB drive to make a back up the computer identifies it straight away just as it does when I fit an IDE or additional SATA drive. What’s going on?

Seagate Data Recovery

Seagate hard drives are the most commonly used and manufactured hard drives throughout the world. The company has a reputation for providing excellent devices, but as with any hard drive there is the risk of problems, associated with a number of common causes. Seagate drives are often used in Apple MacBook computers, which is one of the most popular and widely sold computer in the world.

One particular type of hard drive manufactured by Seagate—the Barracuda—is known by data recovery specialists to have more problems than other Seagate hard drives. With the Barracuda drives, a new technology was introduced that involved the coating of platters for the purpose of protecting the magnetic layer. While this was intended to provide protection, in actuality the coating began to flake in many of the devices, which then stuck to the read/write heads, making data inaccessible.

In addition to this manufacturing problem, other problems commonly experienced with Seagate devices include:

Bad Sectors
Also referred to as media degradation, bad sectors can lead to the inaccessibility of data from a Seagate hard drive. If the drive hits a bad sector, commonly the result is a loud noise being emitted from the device, such as a scratching or clicking sound.

Electronic Failure
Electronic failures are typically due to a few common reasons, including plugging power supplies into external hard disks, PSUs that are faulty in desktop computers and damage from water.

Circuit Board Damage
Damage to the components on a Seagate circuit board can occur for a number of reasons, including overheating, power spikes and power surges. If a power streak occurs in conjunction with a bad power supply unit, the result can often be a burned SMOOTH chip on the logic board. If this occurs, the user will probably notice a strong smell, and the system will either shut down or reboot on its own.

Seized Motor
A seized motor is a frequently occurring problem with Seagate models 7200.10 and 7200.11. A seized motor can likely be the result of knocking or dropping the device while it is operational. Any impact that a hard drive incurs can result in a seized motor. When this happens, the failure of the hard drive can be immediate, or it can occur gradually over a period of time. Once the motor of a Seagate drive is completely seized, the user will probably hear a faint buzzing or humming sound when attempting to turn the device on. Motor seizure is a complex problem that likely can’t be solved without the correct equipment, so if this does occur, the best course of action is to shut down the machine immediately and contact a data recovery service.

Issues with Read/Write Heads
Another problem commonly experienced with Seagate hard drives involves the read write heads. Failure of the read write heads can be attributable to a variety of causes, including a build-up of detritus on the head slider or a physical failure of some type. When a problem with the heads occurs in a Seagate hard drive, the problem is typically easily fixed and all data recovered with the use of our data recovery services.