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Sata drives won't spin


Phil

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OK, I know this is a really stupid question, but if a drive is good, it will start spinning as soon as it's powered, right? I bought a couple of used drives, and when I plug in the power, nothing happens. When I plug in a drive I know is good, it spins up every time. The drives are outside the computer being powered by an adapter, but I got the same result with a power lead coming directly from the power supply. I just want to be sure I'm not missing something before I contact the seller. Thanks.

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OK I finally got both to spin up by plugging in the data cables first, then power. But when I view them with HDTune, there is no info under "Health" or "Info", it shows the GB but nothing else. I can however do a sector scan.

 

Well, clearly I'm missing something, I was able to copy a folder to the drive, so it seems to work after all. I'm still not sure what's going on. :(

 

Well apparently the problem was owner stupidity. I guess some drives just need to have the cables all intact before powering, does that sound right? Maybe my other drive (newer) just isn't as fussy.

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When I look at "Info" in HDTune, all of the attributes have little squares in the check boxes as opposed to a check mark with my drives that are connected directly to the MB. My external drive is the same, so maybe SMART doesn't work through a USB connection?

 

At any rate, they now seem to work. :) I'm glad I went the extra mile before accusing someone of selling me dead drives.

 

Thank you for bearing with me. :)

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