I'm assuming the answer is 'yes'... I've had this 3,5" WD blue 1TB HDD lying around since when I bought it over a year ago. It's been sitting on a wooden shelf with only a stack of paper envelopes resting on top. Today I mounted it in the tower along with a 2nd, older and used one that's exactly the same model. The latter works just fine. As soon as I try booting with the new drive connected I am stuck at my BIOS' boot options screen. The one where you can hit F2 for BIOS options, F11 to select startup device etc. It will not accept any input and I am forced to shut down and unplug the drive in order to get past this point. I then enabled SATA hot-plug in BIOS, started Ubuntu, hot-plugged the drive and ran gparted. It tried reading partitions on the disk, then went on to, I think, "confirming sdc" which I haven't seen before in its status bar, and it produced a loop of i/o error messages. I've tried different cables and ports with no change. Any ideas, is this 'new' drive dead?