June 3rd, 2006, 01:34 PM
This morning my hard drive failed. This happened when I was opening my case and remove and old HD (that wasn't connected in any way) from the computer so it doesn't clutter.
I put everything back, hardly touching anything in the process.
I turned on my computer, it boots to windows and it was fine. Then suddenly I got a "Delayed write Error".
I tried going to the "G" drive which one of the partition on my Maxtor Quickview 200G drive. It loads painfully slow but in the end it lists the content, so I decide to turn off the comp and turn it back on.
Now windows only shows one partition on that Maxtor drive and it's labeled "Local Disk". Now I know that can't be good
Went to reboot again, and look in the BIOS and see my HD capacity a whooping 63.x GB!
Nevermind that I may not be able to retreive my Data (which is more important than the HD itself) but does this mean that the HD is kaputt ?
Opening the casing sounds so trivial, I know I didn't touch the IDE cables coz my casing has enough room for my hand to reach places.
I was merely getting an old HD that stopped working, but I never had the..'time' to remove it. I only removed it now coz it's casting a shadow of that neon light that my casing has.
What can I do, it's a whole 200g and it's almost filled with data that you can say I hold dear. Pictures and movies.
Is there any low lvl hd util that I can use or something. BIOS is already reporting incorrect Capacity, it was reporting the correct one before so it's prolly no a BIOS limitation.
Windows XP SP2
KT6 Delta Mobo
1 40 GB PATA Seagatte Baracuda HD for OS and Apps HD.
1 200 GB PATA Maxtor Quickview drive <---the one broken right now. Temporarily I hope.
Quickviews supposed to be the best there is ? I would get seagette but QVs review were enticing.
If it's hopeless, next HD I get is a baracuda! Also should I get SATA drives, my MOBO supports it but I never got enough nerve to get one since I'm used to the IDE bit.
What should I know when I wanna get a SATA drive.
Thanks for any help,
June 3rd, 2006, 02:03 PM
Using the Maxtor Tools run tests on the Drive before doing anything else.
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June 3rd, 2006, 05:26 PM
The Swiss Army knife of diag tools:
June 4th, 2006, 02:25 AM
Yay, it's fixed thanks for the heads up.
For some reason the max reported LBA is much lower than it should. So I changed it back.
Does this have virus written on it?
Thanks a lot and I'm sure this is not my first, and hasn't been, computer problems )
Thanks again, bye for now
June 4th, 2006, 05:02 AM
Now would be a good time to do that backup we all put off.
June 4th, 2006, 04:58 PM
It could be a motherboard Bios issue, or a cable issue. I would reseat the cable on that drive as well as the power connector.
June 6th, 2006, 09:00 AM
Possibly. I do want to figure it out. Why it happened that is.
Maxblast showed it so...simple.
Current Lba=less than xxx
I never set any limitation jumpers on it. If it's not Master it's slave.
O well, if anyone have the same problem do try the util
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