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hard drive dying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sodeo, Aug 9, 2002.

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  1. sodeo

    sodeo Thread Starter

    Aug 9, 2002
    I have 2 hard drives in my computer: a 40 gig Western Digital 7200rpm, and a 15 gig Maxtor 7200rpm.

    When I try to read off of the Maxtor it is very very slow. It took me 4 days to format it. I can write files just fine, but when it tries to read a file, it moves to turtle speed. I moved the Maxtor to another computer and installed a clean copy of Windows 2000 pro on it. The install went fine... it took about 25 minutes. But when I went to boot up it took almost 10 minutes. Also, when I try to load any program it takes *FOREVER*. I installed Red Hat Linux 7.3, which had the same problem. I've removed all partitions, and manually entered cylinders/heads/etc in bios... still extremely slow.

    I hope the hard drive isn't dying?... It is only 10 months old.

    Please Help.
  2. carltasha


    Nov 7, 2001
    call the people at Maxtor , it sounds like something is wrong with it and you might get a new one.
  3. wedor


    Nov 7, 1999
    Which channel is it on? Are there any !'s in Device Manager? Sounds more like you have a controller or cable problem.
  4. Slithy Tove

    Slithy Tove Guest

    Carefully think about Wedor's analysis (above). See what you can do to validate or eliminate your components... swap cables and see if problem moves with the cable... swap devices on the controllers (if you can still boot) and see if the problem changes. If you had the "suspect" drive in a different machine and the problem/symptom was present that might indicate that the drive is the problem - but were you using a different cable to connect it or has the problem always occurred with the same cable on that drive ? Be creative... run a few more tests/configurations to see if you can further isolate the problem.
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