I'm just dumbfounded by what happened.
MB: Asrock Z77 Pro4
CPU: Intel 3570K
RAM: 2x Corsair Vengeance 4GB, 8GB total
Graphics card: ATI HD 4770 512 MB
HDD: 1x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HD103SJ, 1x WD Blue 1TB
Came home and saw nothing but the blinking underscore. I reset the computer and then got no video output at all. PC and fans (and HDDs) were running. My motherboard has DVI and HDMI output as well so I tried on both of them and there was no video output to the monitor as well. I opened the case, did all kinds of tricks with RAM sticks thinking fault lies there. Same story. Then I removed graphics card and got picture to my monitor!
I thought "okay, card is probably malfunctioned because it's 5 years old anyway" and putting the card back into the PC showed no picture again. Then, with graphics card out and picture on monitor, I see it doesn't want to boot. It says "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key". I went to BIOS and saw my Samsung (which is a boot drive, windows on it) is not detected. Turned off PC reseated the drive, disconnected all others and turned the PC back on. No luck. I noticed the HDD starts normally with no abnormal sounds but after around 15 seconds it just stops and turns off.
I took the drive out put it into my external enclosure and connected it to laptop. Same thing. It starts and stops. The sound when you connect USB device to a computer is heard and heard again when I disconnected it. But nothing is seen in My computer or disk manager. Device manager put a yellow exclamation mark next to a USB Mass storage device with Code 10 error.
Is there anything that can be done? HDD situation looks something like this: (not my video). Starts spinning then stops. There are NO such loud clicking noises like in the video, though. But I guess it doesn't really matter?
I've had a few HDDs fail on me including already one Samsung Spinpoint F3. I had HD Sentinel installed, Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics and some Intel's utilities for hard drives. All that so I was prepared if there was just a hint of one drive starting to fail. I feel betrayed, lol. All these programs and there were no hints whatsoever that the drive is going to die. 100% health, SMART ok, ... Then I get home after a few hours and 800 GB of data is gone. Cool.
So to cut things short:
1. Why did the faulty graphics card disable all the video outputs? I don't care about it anyway. It needed a replacement and I have video outputs on MB. But I'm baffled why I got no picture on all video outputs??
2. Samsung HDD is dead, right? Is this at least sign of a electrical or mechanical failure? Anything that can be done? How the [bleep] do all those programs not see a HDD about to die? Samsung HDDs were bought by Seagate so finding proper support is near impossible. Every support link for these HDDs is dead/404.
What a great day.