공화국의 영원한 주석
29th March 2005
I've got 3 hard drives in my PC, an old Maxtor one from my old PC (30gb) and two Western Digital drives (80gb and 160gb). Now, everything was working fine until a few days ago. The 80gb drive began crapping out at random. When I accessed a folder, it would hang up the system, then tell me the folder didn't exist and I'd have to reformat the drive. Then I'd reboot and it would happen to another folder. So I got fed up tonight, backed everything that I was able to up (some of my folders disappeared for some odd reason), and formatted it using PartitionMagic. It seemed fine, but when I'd copy the folders back, the computer would hang up and the drive would begin clicking, like a dolphin at the zoo. Then I'd get ye olde BSOD, the computer would say it was doing a system dump, and it would shut off. I removed the drive, and everything seems fine now. Could the drive be bad?
It probably is. I had a few similiar issues.
It could also be dusty, or hot. Hard drives can overheat, and I've had quite a few do so.
Has your computer been dropped, or have you had any Virus infections?
I would recommend deleting the partitions with Partition Magic, and creating new ones.
Then doing a low level format. I would also recommend you run a disk checking tool. Either from the drive's manufacturer, or my personal favorite, Norton Disk Doctor.
A Pin could be bent on the hard drive, or you may not have enough power to run all the drives.
So are hard drive heat sinks worth it? Even if you don't have a problem in overheating, do they benifit?
[color=black]Sounds similar to a prob I had a few months ago, just not that bad. Mine was a hardware connection problem, just had to hook it back up and properly set the slave/master settings.[/color]
[color=black]If you reinstall it, after already formatting, then yeah, it might be toast; or even dusty, as Monster_user said. Maybe try giving it a good cleaning out.[/color]
It could indeed be a probleme with the master/slave settings, the only thing what is so typical is that the drive runs well before, look at your jumper setting, if it is a master just set it to slave. Or was it the boot disk???
공화국의 영원한 주석
29th March 2005
I gave it a good cleaning a good cleaning out, and checked the jumper shunts on it and it does get a bit hot (only as hot as the other drives though), but still nothing. And I checked with PartitionMagic, deleted the partition and recreated it to no avail. At least hard drives are cheap, though. But at least I can have my other DVD drive in there. Since I still have the Western Digital CD, I might see what I can do from there. Oh, and I noticed that after I removed the seemingly bad drive, the SMART error that I got when I booted up went away. Weird, since the error was for another drive.
Sounds like the hard drive crapped out. Jus' spash out on a nice Maxtor 300gb and all will be well in torpov household.