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Help picking new HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rarodrig, Jun 10, 2004.

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  1. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    I have:
    1.7G P4 with a 400mhz Front side bus
    256M 133 SDRAM
    80 G HDD ATA/100

    My HDD seems to be failing, so I gonna get a new one...

    Do I have enough info to pick the right one, ie ATA/100 vs ATA/133 vs 150?

    Need advice soon, crashes are getting more frequent :confused:
     
  2. flash777

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    who makes the hard drive you have?
     
  3. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    It's the orignal HDD. It's a Sony PC and I don't have the cover off yet.

    It's under a desk and I was hope to pull it out only once, but I can if needed.
     
  4. flash777

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    some hard drive manufacturers make Diagnostic utilities.
     
  5. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    It's a Maxtor 4D080H4
     
  6. flash777

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    http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/M...tware Downloads/ATA Hard Drives&downloadID=22


    The PowerMax utility is designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor and Quantum hard drives. These tests will determine hard drive integrity. The PowerMax utility is effective on all ATA (IDE) hard drives with a capacity greater than or equal to 500 MB. Maxtor recommends the use of this utility for troubleshooting potential hard drive problems.

    quote from site
    hope it helps
     
  7. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Ran Powermax, both quick and long diagnostics. Both check Ok.

    This PC couldn't find the "system disk", ie HDD for a couple of days about a month ago, then starting working fine, until this week. Now I have my user profile file corrupted this week, still not recovered. And this intermittent "can't find system disk". It's working right now... but??

    So, that's why I'm thinking HDD problem. Any other ideas?
    :confused:
     
  8. ~Candy~

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    Can't find system disk may be a bios issue. Perhaps the motherboard battery needs to be replaced.
     
  9. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Ran Powermax, both quick and long diagnostics. Both check Ok.

    This PC couldn't find the "system disk", ie HDD for a couple of days about a month ago, then starting working fine, until this week. Now I have my user profile file corrupted this week, still not recovered. And this intermittent "can't find system disk". It's working right now... but??

    So, that's why I'm thinking HDD problem. Any other ideas?
    :confused:
     
  10. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    PC's about 2 two years old. How do you tell? Can you test the battery or something?

    Could that be intermittent? This has happened now twice on the last 30 days. Seems like a battery would die and stay dead.
     
  11. ck2000r

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    Make a back up of important thing. If your looking for a new hard drive you'll need to know if your motherboard has a SATA connector if you want to put a to use the 150 hard drives. They are pretty easy to spot small and L shaped if the motherboard does have one then you need a IDE HD I would suggest Samsung spin point I have one a second HD and I havn't heard even a whisper out of it (same can't be said for the WD Raptor) you should be able to pick up 120GB quiet cheap. But don't lose all hope your hard drive may be save yet.
     
  12. ~Candy~

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    Actually a weak battery can be intermittent. If you have a tester, you can test it, but they run about $3, so, if you don't have a tester, that wouldn't be a wise investment ;)
     
  13. rarodrig

    rarodrig Thread Starter

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    Got the new battery. So, I'll just watch it and see if that fixes.
     
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