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    I've got a 80GB Seagate HDD which (I suspect) has developed some problem: randomly it fails to load Windows and sometimes Windows loaded OK but system just freezes.

    Run SeaTools and it fails straight away. Took out the HDD, plug it into another PC, run SeaTools again and it passed all the tests.

    What's happening?

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    Default Re: SeaTools

    Sounds like the drive's a bit stuffed alright.

    Did Seatools fail with bad sectors, or did the whole test just stop running?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    Sounds like the drive's a bit stuffed alright.

    Did Seatools fail with bad sectors, or did the whole test just stop running?
    I started the
    'smart check' - failed
    'short drive self test - failed
    'long drive self tets - failed.


    but when tested on another PC it passes all the test including long generic test.

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    What about putting another drive in the PC you're having problems with and testing it? See if there's anything weird happening. You could also try a different IDE (or is it SATA?) channel/port and see if that makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    What about putting another drive in the PC you're having problems with and testing it? See if there's anything weird happening. You could also try a different IDE (or is it SATA?) channel/port and see if that makes a difference.
    It's a SATA drive. Plugged it to another SATA header, run SeaTools again and it failed the smart self test and short drive self test but passed the short generic test.

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    Have you tried it on same PC/same SATA header with a new SATA cable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nofam View Post
    Have you tried it on same PC/same SATA header with a new SATA cable?
    Have changed another new sata cable and header with same results,

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    I would call Seagate support and ask if you have enough cause to send it back under warranty. No need to tell them about testing it in another PC.

    The drive will still be under warranty I assume? You can check it here if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    I would call Seagate support and ask if you have enough cause to send it back under warranty. No need to tell them about testing it in another PC.

    The drive will still be under warranty I assume? You can check it here if you want.

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    Have checked and it is still under warranty.

    I'm more interested in knowing whether it's the HDD or the Motherboard that is causing the random problem I mentioned earlier.

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    Could you try another drive in that PC? Don't need to start into windows, just run a test on the drive and see if it passes OK. My thought would be it isn't the motherboard, never come across a mobo doing things like this, but there is a first time for everything.

    Do you have a SATA drive lying around with nothing on it? You could do a fresh install on that and see if the problems persist.
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