Dieing Maxtor... Maybe?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Beginning, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Beginning

    Beginning I'm Beginning Somehow...

    I have a one month old 30 gig maxtor HD.. Today I turned on the computer and ... No more maxtor.. Says " Hard disk failure "... WHAaaaaaaahhh? Can't be. One month? Try as I might I couldn't get it to recognize the 30 gig..... Depressed like all get out, I turned of the power and walked away... :mad: Came back a few hours later and turned it back on..... Whalla!!! Back in business, It all seems fine now... Hmmmm Whats up with that? Is my one month old hard drive on it's last legs?

    Edit... D**n.. Oops.. can someone move this to where it belongs... Sorry I wasn't looking where I was... :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  2. Elroy Jetson

    Elroy Jetson Little Dipper School

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    make sure all the cables are connected properly. sounds like a loose wire connection somewhere. did the drive spin when it was not recognised?
     
  3. Beginning

    Beginning I'm Beginning Somehow...

    Yes I believe so.. Like I said it's working fine now.. I don't know what th eproblem may have been...hmmmm
     
  4. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Download the manufacturers diagnostics and run it. If there is a problem developing they should identify it and offer to print the results suitable for an RMA.

    Also, if the drive supports it make sure SMART diagnostics are turned on in your bios. They monitor internal drive functions and can predict an imminent failure.

    Even if the diagnostics say the drive is good back up your data. This was a warning. You never get two of them in life.
     
  5. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    use a SMART aware program to check the disk
     
  6. Beginning

    Beginning I'm Beginning Somehow...

    Thanks people... I'll try the Smart aware program... And about the Smart diag... You mean ' S.M.A.R.T. ' enabled or disabled in the bios settings? A while back I thought that smart was better off disabled... Hmmm..
     
  7. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Definitely enable SMART
     
  8. breezie

    breezie OSNN Addict

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    hey will SMART work if you're using RAID 0?
     
  9. LeeJend

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    SMART just tells the BIOS to read hardware diagnostic information off of the hard disk. Stuff like motor current, part temperatures, etc. If any of that data starts getting worse than it should normally be the BIOS puts out a SMART failure message.

    Using RAID should not affect results.