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Matrox HDD problem......

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Phil Runeau
Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2002 - 7:00 am:   

I dunno if it's a hardware problem...but it seems that way.

Ok,Its been a while,but here's how I remeber it:
I received my new computer and made my partitions with FDISK. So, I made 1 primary partition (C: ) and 2 logical drives (D: and E: ). So,I decided to format the 3 drives but the last one(E: ), it said something about it not being there(like if I didnt made a logical drive outta it). But anyway I continued on with the windows installation, and scandisk scanned my E : drive,so i guessed it was recognized as a logical drive. But anyway I opened windows and checked. They was no E : drive,only my C: and D:. So I tried to go back into FDISK to check what the hell was going on,but it gives me this error msg:

Error reading on the hard drive.

And a old version of partion magic basically just said that my HDD was screwed up. But the strangest thing is..twice I had to format,after that,I went into windows and I saw my E : drive sitting there....but unfortunatly my computer froze before I could do anything.

BTW,I have a 40g Matrox HDD 7200 rpm, if it can be of any use.....
Posted on Friday, September 27, 2002 - 2:53 am:   

Might want to try another ide cable first.

To to test the drive I recommend you visit and download the Maxtor POWERMAX utility. If you do the Advanced Test (Factory Re-Certification), this will perform a detailed test of the drive and will verify any problems.

Be careful as the Write Disk Pack (low level format) function will overwrite all data on the drive.

Another excellent hard drive test program that will run on any drive is the IBM Drive Fitness Test (DFT) program which you can download from:

This will do many of the same things as the POWERMAX program, and some more advanced tests as well.

If the drive passes these tests, then it should be fine.
Phil Runeau
Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2002 - 11:00 am:   

I tried to Maxtor POWERMAX,and it stated the drive was fine in every test.

The IBM DFT doesn't work,it says I don't have a good version of ramdrive or something like that.

Anyway,I haven't tried changing the cable,since i can't find another one. Also, My HDD had a failure about a week ago!

Nothing seemed to have been harmed,but now whenever I try to burn somehting with my cd writer I have to keep it at 2x, or else it doesn't work saying something along the lines of: The temp memory can't keep up with the speed.
Now it takes 30mins per CD, so back-ups are painfully long...
(I don't know if the my HDD could be causing the bruning problem...but by the looks of it,it does...)

And partition magic 8 gives me an error whenever I try to open it. Error 50,which cleary state that my HDD has ''bad sectors'' and that I would be better off buying a new one.

Any ideas?

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