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Hard drive failed, now works. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sharker, Jan 13, 2008.

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  1. Sharker

    Sharker Thread Starter

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    Hi all.

    Recently one of my hard drives failed :(, I tried a different SATA port but it did not help. I disconnected it as it was making the system lock up for minutes at a time. About a week later I plugged it in again replugged the power connector and, lo and behold, it works perfectly :D. I got it about a month ago so it is still on warranty, but it's working now. What should I do? I don't want to have it fail again and this time lose my data for good. Is this likely?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. bigbear

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    Go to the makers website, download and run their diagnostic software on the drive, it should tell you if the drive is bad
     
  3. Tumbleweed36

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    The Sata drives are notorious for coming loose at the data cable and then making contact momentarily and then losing the connection. For a Sata drive, you might want (especially as you descibe it) to take a cable tie and tie the ribbon cable to something secure so it can't move around.

    Oh, I also agree with running the drive diagnostic on this one.
     
  4. matt.choules

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    Diagnostic, back-up and return if the diagnosis says there are any problems.
     
  5. Sharker

    Sharker Thread Starter

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    Hello all, thanks for your advice.

    I have tried the diagnostic utility: Seatools for Windows and it doesn't find any fault with the drive. It's been working for about a week now. What is your opinion? Is it likely to fail again or shall I assume it was a loose connection and hold the cable steady with a cable tie?

    (It is a Maxtor drive, 160GB, SATA, I'm using WinXP Pro.)
     
  6. Tumbleweed36

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    Always keep a back up of your data and then use it. I do use cable ties on all mine and especially those maxtor drives, so I recommend that. It is called, been there and done that one, so take precautions.
     
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