Hard disk detection problem

February 6, 2011 at 00:35:00
Specs: Windows XP, 3.20Hz/ 512MB

Dear Sir,
I've a hard disk detection problem. i have 2 hard disk of western digital company 80GB and 250 GB. i was copying data from 1 hard disk to another. 80GB hard disk crashes after few minutes, and the system restarts automatically, i run the PC DOS surface scan, it reduces my problem to some extent but it still restarts.
And my another hard disk 250 GB is undetected. initially it was in working condition. i started copying data from 80 GB to 250 GB. and eventually the system hang up. i restarted the system. after that 250 GB hd was undetected until now. it is in warranty. please i need immediate response. is it HD hardware problem. i need another hard disk for back up my data. i changed the jumper setting, data cables, every thing what i know but useless. these both hard disks are IDE.

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February 6, 2011 at 03:29:16

Try to completely clean the registry and redundant files before any intensive work is done such as huge file transfers, i would recommend u try using a combination of softwares bcos as the programming in each differs the depth of scanning varies. I currently use ccleaner (does superficial scanning) ,wise registry cleaner and AWC.

Do keep the CPU cool as well, if you use speed fan you will have an idea about the temperature your cpu gets to. Do give it a try.Apart from this, since there is no compatability issue with the HD, if the problem persists then it can be due to HD hardware malfunctioning.

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February 6, 2011 at 06:13:55


You seem to provide the same solution to every post you have responded to. Do you have an interest in any of the softwares you suggest?


Your problem may be related to 48 bit LBA compliance. Post the brand and model of your system or if custom built, the exact motherboard model.

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February 6, 2011 at 06:23:25

80gb sata or ide and 250gb sata or ide?

Edit: @Othehill
"48 bit lba compliance" this issue was in very old system, notice "3.20ghz" he must be running prescott or early p4(socket 775) at that era all boards support 48bit lba.

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February 6, 2011 at 08:04:09

Make sure the bios is set to Auto detect drives by the Auto or LBA method for all drive connections (channels).

Western Digital IDE drives usually have two ways they can be jumpered as Master - Master, single, or similar, for when the drive is on a data cable by itself, and Master, with Slave, or similar, for when the drive is on data cable another drive is connected to and the other drive is set to Slave.
That MUST be correct for the situation.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.

If any drive is SATA.....

Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.

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February 10, 2011 at 11:01:14

Thanks to all buddies for posting me a reply. actually my 250GB hd was in warranty and i return back it to the retailer, i will wait what he says after two weeks. and now is the matter of 80GB. it was continously restarting after 15 to 20 mints. then i run a surface scan on C drive. it worked to some extent, but the problem persist. after surface scan, the system restarting was taking place after nearly 30 mints. then i tried a different thing. i format drive c and install window on drive d. and thanks GOD it worked. and now my system is stable.
and at the end i will thanks to all the friends who posted reply.
best of luck every one.

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February 10, 2011 at 11:30:09

Thanks for posting back, and for the Thanks.

If your problems come back.....

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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