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Problem with the second hard drive

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by gorgio1, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. gorgio1

    gorgio1 Member

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    I have a second hand drive just for storage purposes (movies ,mp3's etc).I am also using this drive as the target of some file sharing applications (such as DC++).Occasionally, mostly when i leave my pc on for long period of time (a week),i am getting a message from windows :"write delaed failed" or something like that and i cant see my hard drive on the my computer menu any more.Even though when I restart the system, the auto-detect function of bios does not find the hard drive at all!The problem is usually solved when I leave my pc off to cool down and start it again.Anyone has an idea of what is going on??
     
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    your drive is giving you a signal it is getting ready to go to harddrive heaven, which means get another drive before it craps out. you might be able to extend drive life by attaching hd fan to it on bottom as circuit board is over heating. what make is the drive as i have sent a # of fujitsu drives for replacement($) as the circuit boards had a flaw in them
     
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    do you know or how can you tell how long is going to "live" more?
    Thanks
     
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    your guess is as good as mine. backup your info onto cd/dvd & see how long it lasts but looking for a new replacement
     
  5. ianski7

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    Hey gorgio 1!

    What kind of hard drive do you have and how old is it?

    If it is a Maxtor, there is a diagnostic utility that you can run. It may help you...

    Go to this link and dowload Maxtor Powermax.

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download1386.html

    Make a bootable floppy and run the diagnostic.
    If it's bad you will know.
    It may work for other drives also.


     
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    my hard drive is an western digital one.I used the extended diagnostic tool and it tells me tha the drive is absolutelly fine!what is going on?
     
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    is the drive by itself or another drive on same cable
     
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    there is no other drive on the same bus.A cd-rom is on the same bus...
     
  9. ianski7

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    Hey!

    It's good to only have hard drves on one IDE cable and other ATAPI devices(CD/DVD) on the other.

    Check/change these settings:

    1. Bios/Cmos to default settings
    2. If you have write caching enabled-- disable it.
    To do this..
    Start
    My Computer
    Right click hard drive
    Properties
    Hardware
    Properties
    Policies
    Uncheck the Enable caching box
    3.Make sure your memory usage is set for Programs and not for system cache
    Start
    Right click My Computer
    Properties
    Advanced
    Performance Settings
    Advanced
    Memory usage--programs

    You'll have to 'cool down your machine' to get the drive back into My Computer.

    Disabling disk caching will slow down the drive so try that after you've done the other two and see no improvement.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
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    put the western on cable with cdrom & leave system on for a day or however long it took before to fail. right now failure points to heat problem which diagnostics software won't pickup until drive fails because it is an intermittent problem & you know how hard they are to find
     
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    thanks guys...
     
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    let us know what happens, if you go with hd fan get one with 2 fans on bottm with ball bearings as you are trying to cool circuit board
     
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    since i change the position of the drive (for cooling purposes everything seems to work fine).The pc is on for 4 days now and the drive is fine.Thanks for your help....
     
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    good for you & welcome
     

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