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Old 02-25-2005, 04:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Hard drive assistance. :(

Recently, my 80gb western digital decided to die on me.

One day, I switch it on, and to my surprise I see both hard drives being ignored on bootup, so I say "WTF?", after some cable swapping and jumper adjusting, it begins to work. Yay. The next morning, same problem, although this time it doesn't work after some cable swapping.

I had given up, assumed it was dead and begun planning to get a 200GB. Yesterday I fiddled with it again, and guess what? She worked.
Worked for a full 8 hours, no interuptions AT ALL (both hard drives + 2 cd drives). Now today, TROUBLE AGAIN.

When the 80GB is plugged in with my 120GB Maxtor, the whole system dies and I must reset it with the PSU switch. With either one of the hard drives unplugged, they work on their own fine (except the 80, I get "error loading operating system" or "a disk read error occurred", I don't think it can be a data problem, because it was working fine yesterday >_>). Perhaps my PSU could be damaged? Although I had a 20gb + 120 and they were doing well together. (standard p4 300W I believe)

I removed my CD drives to spread the power load out, but it still dies.

And yeah, you can see my trouble. No pc really, and no money to buy a new hard drive.

Help, Please help.

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Old 02-25-2005, 06:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When they do boot up use an utility li ke everest home to check the S.M.A.R.T. condotion of the hard drives.

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Old 02-25-2005, 06:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, the bios says at start up that it's disabled on both hard drives. (when it does work)
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Old 02-25-2005, 06:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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go 2 bios and try seting everythnig 2 default save and exit dont work then try cllearing the cmos jumper pins on the mobo see ya..
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You know, i had this problem; i still do. My cable's defective; it doesn't like, stay in, so once in awhile i have to restart my comp and hold my DVD drive cable in. But this might not be your problem; just if it is...
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I thought that too, but I swapped it around with my cd rom cable, and no luck. Thanks anyway people.

I guess I'll have to start saving :/
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Old 02-25-2005, 10:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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well, maybe your PSU not enough to support your PC or your hardisk cable having problem.~~~

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Old 02-26-2005, 12:05 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i dunno 300 watts should be enough, my system (listed in my siggy) is powered by a 350watt, no power fluctuations, or brownouts.
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Old 02-26-2005, 12:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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well, a 20 + 120 was working fine, and it had been working with no problems for months prior, and I have also changed the cables around.

So yeah. :<

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