1TB external hard drive not powering up
I am helping a family member attempt to get this drive back online. I own a copy of spinrite (www.grc.com
) and I was hoping that the drive simply had some bad sectors and that running spinrite might help, here is where the problems start.
First thing I did, to make sure it wasn't a user error issue, was plug it into a computer via the USB cable. Windows attempts to download drivers, but of course it fails. While windows was attempting to install drivers, I tried to feel/hear if the drive was spinning, which it didn't appear to do...I also heard between 6-10 very faint and quick beeps, from the external drive, when I plugged it in, then it stops beeping.
Since it is a USB/external drive, I have to take it out of the case to expose the SATA port and power port, not a big deal. BIOS doesn't see the drive and neither did spinrite. I figured if BIOS didn't see it then spinrite wouldn't see it, but since I had everything connected and spinrite running from USB, I might as well take another two minutes to confirm that spinrite didn't see it.
Unfortunately, that is where my knowledge of drives ends. I never had the need to try replacing hard drive boards in an attempt to revive a drive. I've seen articles online that stated that the drive/spindles were good, but that the green circuit board would sometimes fail and swapping that out would solve the problem.
If anyone has any recommendations on next steps for trying to revive this drive, I appreciate it. I've already recommended carbonite/backblaze/etc to the family memeber who owns this drive, thankfully the contents of the drive were not extremely important, for example, it wasn't their only source of family photos, but I still wanted to take a stab at getting this back online.
With the little knowledge I have on drive repair, my gut tells me this drive is toast.
submitted by tdhuck
High Sierra Install suddenly stopped booting.
I've been running a triple boot system for almost a year with no issues. This morning OSX refused to boot, while the other OSs remain fine. Usually when I boot OSX I see the apple and loading bar, when the bar is halfway full the screen flickers black and returns in higher definition (the graphics driver has been enabled), and the system finishes booting quickly. Now, the flicker never happens, the loading bar slowly fills and then just hangs indefinitely.
Booting with -v has lead to a few different outcomes:
Sometimes this line is spit out ~20 times with different digits for the Xs.: "apfs_load_inode:3796: *** reset ino XXXXXXX size back to 0 (from XXXX)"
But I always see:
"disk3s3: device is not readable" "apfs_vfsop_unmount"
And the system just hangs, the CPU fans stops.
I'm not sure which disk this is since there are so many partitions, but i assume it's the boot SSD, as I doubt OSX would need to read any other drives on boot, but it may also be the OSX home directory partition on my HDD.
Does anyone have any idea what this error is? My first thought is drive corruption, I'm considering running SpinRite, are there any potential downsides to using SpinRite on a Hackintosh, especially one with a delicate/specific multi boot setup? Thanks! https://www.grc.com/sspinrite.htm
Update: I booted Windows and went to install the SanDisk analysis utility to check out my OSX bootdrive and I was unable to write the installer to my storage HDD because it's "dirty". I'm think it's a disk issue, probably gonna spend the money on spinrite
submitted by thebreeze_