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Thread: Attn: Your Hard Drive Is About to Blow Up




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    Ok, here's the problem. When I start my comp, I go through BIOS set up, then my Controller Card recognizes my Maxtor and I hit F1 to continue. Well, the last couple of boot ups, after that screen, and before the blue XP screen, the screen will go blank 30 sec, then eventually the XP log in screen would come up.

    Well, today I started up my comp and at the Maxtor recognition screen, I get a message (after the detecting thing) that says something like "Dell Disk (something) has recognized you hard drive exceeding is operation specifications. Plz back up all vital data and get a new hard drive." Then Windows wouldnt boot and I get a BSOD. MY ASS, its 4 months old and I never abuse it. Hell, I just installed a fan right under it, so it shouldnt over heat. Anyways, I opened the case, checked all the connections, etc. Fired it back up again, same thing, so I said "run windows with my last working settings." Here I am. The drive is recognized and everything, and I backed up my important data on to my C Drive (my main/storage/OS HDD) just in case.

    So, what the heck is going on here? If something is wrong, how can I fix it? And if you need more info, I'll try to find it. Thx! : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Go to Maxtors site and download and use the diagnostic utilities

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    k thx! On a side note, what's the difference between the WD BB's and the WD EB's? I have a BB, but all I find online are EB's... thx!
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista K6
    k thx! On a side note, what's the difference between the WD BB's and the WD EB's? I have a BB, but all I find online are EB's... thx!
    The BB has a 2mb Cache IE: 1200BB =120GB with 2mb cache. Never heard of EB, though JB exists with an 8mb cache IE:1200JB=120GB with 8mb cache

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    lol, whoops, that's what I meant :D
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    AB = 5400RPM, 2meg cache, Pata, 1 year warranty
    BB = 7200RPM, 2 meg cache, Pata, 1 year warranty
    EB = 5400RPM, 2 meg cache, Pata, 1 year warranty, slower seek time than AB
    JB = 7200RPM, 8 Meg cache, Pata, 3 year warranty
    JD = 7200RPM, 8 Meg cache, Sata, 3 Year Warranty
    GD = 10k RPM, 8 Meg cache, Sata, 5 year warranty

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    w00t, I have a 7200 RPM; all this time I thought it was a 5400RPM. Anywho, the HDD is about to blow again... Everytime, either at the detection I get that Dell disk etc says your drive is operating out of specifications etc, or in that 30 sec for the blue screen to come up, a BSOD comes up and says ERROR "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL". WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON, THIS DRIVE WORKED FOR 5 MONTHS W/O A SINGLE PROBLEM! THe only additions I've made within the last couple of months A) I added two fans a bit ago (not enough power for the HDD?) B) I took everything out of the case when I did it. I'm going to run the Maxtor diagnostics disk, but I have a major report due tomorrow, so like hell I'm every going to shut this down :scream: . Thx for all the help so far, any other advice? THx again, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    Harddrives go bad, nothing you can do about it. Make sure to save your report on a floppy if u really wanna keep it.

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    Well, there's at least a one year warranty on it, so w/e, I'll send it back if those diagnostics dont fix it. At least I only keep my games on there, if my C: went, I'd :cry: with all the school files I have on there :( . Thx for the reply, : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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    ok, I ran Power Max, it said I need to do an advanced full drive scan. I started one, but it takes way longer than 20 min, so I'll do it when I have time. My comp is booting fine now, just it takes about 2 min to go from the Windows load screen to the blue sgn in screen. Ah well, I'm not gonna complain as long as it works. : peace2: Mista K6
    Modified Dell 8200 Case:
    -400MHz FSB i850 Intel mobo
    -P4 Williamette Socket 478, 1.9GHz
    -768MB 16-bit PC800 RDRAM
    -MSI GF4 Ti4200 128MB @ 284/581
    -7200 RPM Maxtors: 60GB (2MB) on mobo and 160GB (8MB) on ATA/133 PCI Card
    -Creative Inspire T7700 7.1 Speaker System on an Audigy 2
    -Windows XP Home Edition SP2

    Rock on : peace2: , MiStA K6

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