Terror of the 3TB drive

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  1. 0blivious

    0blivious Ancient Guru

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    I have been fighting with my new 3TB Seagate drive since last night. (on an entirely new PC build)


    --It's listed properly in the bios.
    --My motherboard supports this size
    --I've never seen the drive at all within windows. (using Disk Manager, Seagate Tools, etc) I don't get the 746GB partition folks talk about with these drives nor the 2.1GB variant. I get nothing.

    --win 7 64bit (w SP1) is freshly installed to a new 120gb SSD (the 3TB is for storage)


    Going to see if I can find my disk with gParted (or redownload) and hope that gets me going.
     
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    Does the disk appear in BIOS or also the partition? You may need to remove the partition entirely and make a new 1.
     
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    I've yet to create a partition as I've never been given the option to (I didn't even see the drive when installing win7).


    In the bios it's simply listed as " ..3000...... " I forget the actual name in bios (inserted periods) but there's a 3000 in it, indicating to me it's my 3000GB drive.


    I can't find my blank CDs so I'm hoping I can boot gParted off of a thumb drive.
     
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    I'll try that MS link when I restart my new PC (the 3TB issue rig).

    Meanwhile, gParted gave me an error:

    (I've been trying to paste a pic of it to photobucket for 10 minutes.... this just isn't my day)

    It says

    My Kingston SSD (connected to sata port 0) is listed as sda1 & sda2 so I presume sdb is my 3TB drive (sata port 1)

    Something wrong with my drive perhaps?
     
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    So I opened a terminal in gParted and ran a command (sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb) to get the SMART info off that drive.

    It reported back all the drive info (make/model, capable of SMART, etc) then is summary, it says:

    Is it possible a loose connection or bad sata cable could do this as well as a bad drive? I'll soon find out...
     

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