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    Hard Drive ID (XP Home SP1)

    Recently, on two occasions, when I tried to boot up, my BIOS ID'd my Maxtor HD as a Maxtor "Draco"????? It should have been 51024U2, which has been ID'd Ok for quite some time and booted Ok without any problems. As a "DRACO" it would not boot of course. If I tried warm restart, it continued to see a Draco drive. Only by cold booting with a few seconds of "off" time would it come back and ID the drive Ok and all is well. I have the latest BIOS version from Award and as I said, it has been Ok before and after the wrong ID showed it's ugly face.
    I searched the Maxtor site for any references to "Draco" with zero results and have put in a tech request to Maxtor for some possibilities, but so far no answer.
    Anyone ever run into this odd ball?
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    Re: Hard Drive ID (XP Home SP1)

    Bob, A cold boot is the only way to completely reset everything. This could be a hardware problem. Either heat (probably not if you were doing a cold boot to begin with), a bad cable connection (easy to check), a disk controller about to fail, or even something flaky in your moterhboard.

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    Re: Hard Drive ID (XP Home SP1)

    Joe,
    Yes, I can rule out heat. I do suspect a cable trouble, but it only happened twice in quite a long time. Being so intermittant like that is a tough one to definitely pin down. As I said, it has been working fine except for those two times. I can sub the cable easy enough.
    What really throws me is that it ID'd it as a Maxtor drive Ok, but as a Draco??????? What the heck is a Draco? (wonder if it is the manufacturer of the controller on the HD?) <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Hard Drive ID (XP Home SP1)

    I can't stand such good news!!! This is what I just received back from Maxtor:
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    I understand that your Maxtor hard drive is being detected as a Draco drive in your BIOS and that you are no longer able to boot into the operating system from this drive. Draco was a different model of hard drive and when a newer hard drive is listed as Draco, it usually means that the firmware on the drive is corrupted. Due to the problems that you have incurred, the option to replace the drive (RMA) is being offered provided the drive is in warranty.
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    Of course, the drive is no longer in warrantee. BUT also I can still boot OK, so I'll keep my back-ups current and if the drive goes down the <img src=/S/toilet.gif border=0 alt=toilet width=24 height=26>
    It will be time for a new one. Onward and upward!
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