I recently purchased a WD 500G SATA drive (model WD5000AAKS) for my home built PC since I was running out of space! The PC already has 2 older WD drives , both IDE running quite happily , 80G and 250G so this is my first venture into SATA land.
The drive installed just fine , Bios recognized it as did Win 7 x64 so I started to copy some files onto it.
Sadly after about a week the drive stopped , it no longer appears in Win 7 and , more importantly no longer appears in the BIOS! I also tried the drive in a different PC running Win XP and the BIOS there doesn’t see it either.
I’ve tried all combinations possible in both PC’s with regard to ports and cables with no result , however a SATA DVD writer seems quite happy with any port and cables.
I also tried booting with Linux Mint Live CD to see if that helped , still no drive , also tried booting with a Data Lifeguard boot CD but that doesn’t see it either!
It seems that this drive will have to go back to base , one other trick I can try is connecting with a USB to IDE/SATA Adapter which will arrive next week.
From searching around on the web , It seems this is not an unknown problem , getting stuck in ‘BSY STATE’ is a phrase I’ve noticed.
Are there any other tricks I can try to get this drive going again , or should I just write it off?
All opinions gratefully received as usual … thanks!!