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Posted on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 9:47 am:   

I bought a Maxtor 30 GB Hard drive a few months ago. I installed it, keeping my existing 4 GB drive as a slave.

Everything ran well for a week. Then, the Maxtor died. I took it out and put the 4 GB drive, which had never shown any sign of problems, back in as a single drive. That one ran fine also...for a couple more months. Then it too died.

On a hunch, I reformatted the 30 GB. I installed that one again (as a single drive). It ran for about two weeks...and then it died.

What seems to be happening is that the boot sector is being corrupted. I know, for instance, that I can still access files on the 4 GB drive - though I can't boot from it. This computer (a Celeron 400) doesn't have a floppy drive, so I haven't been able to run the diagnostic program that came with the Maxtor.

But..I'm wondering if my problem is on the motherboard. Does this sound like a bad drive controller?

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Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2004 - 8:20 pm:   

What operating system are you using? What it sounds like is the machine is shutting down faster than the hard drive can be written to at shut down so the boot sector of the drive over time gets corrupted.
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 5:32 am:   

I am using Windows 98.

And..thank you very much for your suggestion. It does seem to make sense.

One other thing I noticed: I hooked up the 4 GB drive to get some files I need off of it (I didn't boot with it) and I couldn't find the "Windows" directory. I eventually located it as a subdirectory of C:\Unzipped. (The path was C:\Unzipped\Windows.) Weird, huh?
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Username: Es

Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 8:09 pm:   

Yup, very strange.

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