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    Hard Drive Failure?

    I have a Maxtor 40 gig drive that has recently been giving me problems upon bootup. I'm not sure why but after messing with the cables it will boot just fine other times no luck at all. The boot problem is intermittant. I changed the cables out (yes, they are seated properly) and I still have issues at times.

    Is it me or am I experiencing hard drive failure?

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Have you checked the power supply? Taking the cover off and messing with the cables might give it time to cool down maybe? More likely not. If a new power supply doesn't do the trick, I would promptly make a full backup image of the drive (on one of those occasions when it boots) in case one day it NEVER wants to boot. I find that running two 40g drives on one cable, with the OS stuff on one, and mostly data on the other, and a third hard drive on another port for backing up the data drive works great for me.

    I also backup my important stuff like Quickbooks and other "can't afford to lose" data to my ISP server for additional peace of mind.

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    If you want to read about my similar problem, <!post=check this thread.,299320>check this thread.<!/post> You can also download Maxtor's diagnostic program, PowerMax to see what it says about the drive. I'm probably paranoid about this, but when I run a program like that, I always disconnect the cables for the devices I'm NOT checking, just to make sure another device doesn't get clobbered in the process (that has happened).

    Since you've already checked cables, if you do the usual stuff like scandisk or chkdsk, and maybe the diagnostic stuff, Mike may be right. There was no other indication of power supply shortcoming in my machine, but it does have FOUR hard drives that have not failed since. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Could you give us a little more detail on the problem.
    What is happening or not happening on boot
    Is there any other strange things happening while the PC is working?

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Ken,

    The bios does not recognize the drives.

    John

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    Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Besides the cables to the drive, have you checked the Masterslave jumper on the back of the drive? They can have a tendency to be loose and erratic and the BIOS doesn't know what to do with the drive then. If you have an extra jumper around it would pay to change it out.

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