Dead Drive (Internal SATA)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mctoom, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. mctoom macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012

    I've made a lot of research about this problem before I post this. I found a lot of posts having a similar issue, but all the posts didn't have a resolving answer. I'm hoping that this one will.

    I have a mac pro with 3 SATA drives in it. All drives are the same type, all came originally with the mac. Today, I turned on the computer, and the first thing I got is a message saying "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer" with three options saying "initialize", "ignore" and "eject." I clicked "initialize" and it opened the Disk Utility for me and I noticed different things:

    The first thing I noticed is a drive named "Media" on top of the list. It doesn't have any information. Total Capacity is 0. Its Connection ID is Bay 3 (The dead drive apparently). I don't know why it is named Media. It cannot be erased, verified nor repaired. All options are grayed out.

    The second thing I noticed is that the 3rd drive is missing from the list. It had the name Macintosh HD 3 but now it's not there.

    I opened the Finder to check things out. Macintosh HD 3 is not there. Even this drive Media is not there also.

    I rebooted the Mac using the recovery mode. I went to the Disk Utility. Same thing. Media is on top. Disk 3 is missing.

    What happened before that? Last night. I tried to create an encrypted blank disk image inside Macintosh HD 3 but the process was stopped for some reason. I don't remember what was the message. The image file was there in the drive although the process stopped. I couldn't delete it. I suspect that this could be related to the disk failure somehow, because the drive used to be empty and idle the whole time.

    Similar Problem:

    Do you think the drive is dead?
  2. mctoom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2012
  3. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    One thing you will need to consider is the warranty on the drive itself. Some good drives can have up to 5 years warranty.

    How old is your last backup or clone of that bad drive itself? Do you lose too much going back to your last backup?

    If it is business-critical you may be able to send it to a data recovery company who will examine the HDDs controller and see if it can be repaired or recovered but I can say that fees are high for that service.
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I seriously doubt a process like encrypting a drive could cause physical hard drive failure, even if the encryption process failed. You should be able to recover the drive, but probably not the data.

    Was it your boot drive? Are you able to boot into anything?

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