Product: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EZRX 1.0TB
Age: About 1 month
I purchased this hard drive about a month ago, and have been using it, while being fairly satisfied with it. I never wrote much to it at all, and had about 5GB of data stored on it as of this morning. However, after a cold boot today, I could not get past the BIOS POST screen. My motherboard is a Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H if you're wondering. Now, this could have been anything at this point, so I removed everything from my motherboard and placed everything back, piece by piece, testing every time. It POSTed past everything until I hooked up my new WD HDD (let's just call it "GREENY" from now on). No beeps or anything, but... Greeny would not allow me to POST. I let it sit there for 20 minutes, hoping that it would just be a delay. I reset my CMOS via jumper and battery, no dice. Removing Greeny again, I could POST.
I then decided to see if I could run a diagnostic test on the drive. I booted up into Windows and hot plugged it in, but upon checking Disk Management and trying "Rescan Disk", it never appeared. My next goal was to check "Device Manager" and it also did not appear there. Nor was it on Diskpart using command prompt.
Frustrated, I decided I'd try a Linux live CD and see if I could see it in GParted. This also did nothing.
Now, the disk is spinning when I start the computer. There are no clicking noises. It sounds healthy. I ran a diagnostic on the drive about two weeks ago, as I ritualistically do to all my drives every month or two. It proved to be my healthiest drive, as it was the newest. No other problems were recognizable.
So, do I have any options here? I don't have anything to recover on the drive, so I'm not particularly distraught over it, but a one month lifetime on it? Jeez. I've also misplaced the receipt for the drive from my local retailer, so I probably have no chance to return it. I'm located in the Philippines, so I highly doubt it would be worth sending it in to WD at this point, as it would likely cost as much as a new drive just to ship it.
Thanks for any opinions. And if it's dead... could I get a recommendation for a good storage drive and a good operating system drive? I'm thinking about migrating away from Western Digital, as I've had numerous failures in the past. I've had troubles with Seagates as well, but mostly WD.