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Getting "Hard Disk Error" on second SATA data drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mulderator, Sep 25, 2005.

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  1. Mulderator

    Mulderator Thread Starter

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    Hey guys, I need one of you hardware geeks to help me here. I finally bought the Maxtor DiamondMax10 hard drive. Its SATA 300 Gig with a 16 Meg Cache and NCQ. I already have a SATA WD Raptor as my main drive and trying to install this one has a data drive. I have an Asus PW5D2 Premium Board.

    When I boot up, it takes a long time (about a minute) to do anything than I eventually get a "Hard disc error" and I have to hit F1 to continue. The BIOS recognizes the drive, but Windows does not. I've swapped out the cable and tried a different controller, same result. While I have like 10 hard drives laying around, they are all PATA--no SATAs to try.

    I think the drive is damaged. I downloaded Maxtor's PowerMax, but its worthless--goes through some tests and the inital ones pass and later ones fail, but its the same thing on the other drive (the Raptor) and that one works fine. Tells me eventually to contact Maxtor Tech Support on both drives! :rolleyes:

    Any ideas?
     
  2. crjdriver

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    That is the drive I had two of fail after only a week.

    Do you by chance have another system to connect the drive to?

    How does the system work if you disconnect the WD and then try an install of windows on the problem drive?
     
  3. Mulderator

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    I was going to try the install next to see if that works. I don't have another system to connect to--I have another system, but I don't have a SATA controller for it.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Before doing the install, you might want to run chkdsk /r from the recovery console. See what chkdsk has to say about the drive.
     
  5. Mulderator

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    I tried it as the master and I got the same error in BIOS (i.e., Hard Disk Error) and then blue screen on Windows Install. The drive must be bad because now I tried it as a master and it doesn't work.
     
  6. crjdriver

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    I think so. As I posted that is the same drive I had two failures on within one week of installing them. Boy they were fast [for a week]
     
  7. Mulderator

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    Well, I'm a little sympathetic on hard drives--after shipping and all. I'll send it back to NewEgg for a replacement.
     
  8. Mulderator

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    Update. I received the second Maxtor Drive and it installed no problem, so the first one was obviously delivered DOA.
     
  9. crjdriver

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    Glad to hear it.
     
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