weird hard disk problem

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Trooper, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    One of my SATA hard disks has started to throw up the occasional error,
    so I've bought another to replace it.
    Plugged them both in without a problem and copied over all my files,
    the disconnected the dodgy hard disk.

    I now have my boot drive (40gb IDE) connected, the new 200gb SATA drive
    and another IDE drive (80gb) all connected at once. Everything works
    fine, i can access all the disks without any errors, however something
    strange is happening.
    If I have access the 80gb IDE at any point since booting up the
    machine, when it comes to shutting it down it takes 3 minutes to
    display the shut down dialog and then another 3 minutes to actually
    shut down after that. If I don't access the 80gb IDE drive it shuts
    down in a few seconds as usual.

    I haven't done anything to the IDE drive after swapping out the SATA
    and it used to be fine.

    any ideas?
     
    Trooper, Jan 25, 2005
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  2. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Trooper loved her ferret enough to say...
    I guess I should also mention that all the hard disks are maxtor disks
    and I'm using Win XP home SP2.
     
    Trooper, Jan 25, 2005
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  3. Trooper

    Rob Hemmings Guest

    First thing I'd do is run the latest version of PowerMax from a boot
    floppy on all HDs, starting with the 80GB one. Until you know that
    they're physically ok and SMART isn't fixing stuff in the background,
    you might spend ages mucking about looking for driver problems etc.
    HTH
     
    Rob Hemmings, Jan 25, 2005
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  4. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Rob Hemmings loved her ferret enough to say...
    Would that I had a floppy drive ;) I'm guessing it will run from a
    bootable cd just as well?
     
    Trooper, Jan 26, 2005
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  5. Trooper

    Rob Hemmings Guest

    Yep, in fact a version of PowerMax is probably already on this one:
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com
    Or make your own:
    http://www.bootdisk.com/nero.htm
    HTH
     
    Rob Hemmings, Jan 26, 2005
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  6. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Trooper, Jan 26, 2005
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  7. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Trooper loved her ferret enough to say...
    ran all the disk diagnostics last night, and no problems reported...
     
    Trooper, Jan 27, 2005
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  8. Trooper

    Rob Hemmings Guest

    Well, good news in a way. Next thing I'd try is swapping the IDE
    cable, if you have or can borrow a spare. If you are using w2k or
    XP, have a look in the Event Viewer (in Administrative Tools - you
    may need to 'unhide' these by right-clicking an empty part of the taskbar
    and choosing 'advanced', then check 'Display Administrative Tools'.)
    Look for yellow '!' and red 'X' messages with times close to when
    you last shut the PC down.
    HTH
     
    Rob Hemmings, Jan 27, 2005
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  9. Trooper

    Trooper Guest

    Rob Hemmings loved her ferret enough to say...
    Will do. cheers.
     
    Trooper, Jan 27, 2005
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