|I have a problem with my old Maxtor SATA 160GB drive, which I can't get to the bottom of. |
In Windows 7 or 8, there will often be a click sound coming from the drive, which is similar to the sound when the PC shuts a drive off following the Power Management settings for spinning down drives, but this is not the cause, as I have set this to "Never" in settings. Also, my other drives to not do this. It will click, then immediately afterwards spin up again.
I have ran CHKDSK scans with the /R switch both in and outside of Windows, and I have also used SeaTools for DOS which reports no issues with the "long test". I have turned off indexing for the drive, but still this happens.
Running CHKDSK on the drive within Windows is problematic - it will do the spin down/spin up very often, and it will take forever to complete, accompanied by nvstor64 errors in the Event Log (Reset to device, \Device\RaidPort0, was issued. - not using RAID by the way, so this has confused me) However, running CHKDSK from the Windows boot DVD or Safe Mode does not have this issue, so could there be a driver interfering with the hard drive? It sounds to me like a major hard drive problem and that the drive is on the way out, so I don't know how a driver could be doing this, but then I find it odd how it clicks within Windows but never in the numerous disk utilities I have used, such as those on Ultimate Boot CD, and CHKDSK after booting to the Command Prompt from the Windows DVD.
Any ideas on how to approach this? Like I said, my 2 other drives are fine.