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Old July 8 2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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Location: Finland
Re: Did I Break My Hard Drive?

Bad SATA connector can make a hard drive do pretty weird things. I had a hard drive that was detected normally both by Windows and BIOS. Still the drive would sometimes refuse to transfer data, suddenly stop working altogether or just plain crash the system.

I was about to throw the drive away since it was "obviously" dying, even if all the diagnostic programs showed that it was intact. As a last ditch effort I decided to swap the data cable, since a couple of euros is still a lot cheaper than spending 50+ euros for a new hard drive. And hey presto! The drive started working again without any problems.
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