A hard disk trouble...

Tekram / S3pro-mut 2.08
February 7, 2009 at 04:13:16
Specs: Various, PIII-800EB/256MB
I once got an old Hitachi Deskstar (40GB), and I decided to put it back after I replaced the old FIC motherboard with this new one.

I heard that this disk has potential problems so I decided to scan with MHDD... but that is where the trouble begins...

When the disk is loaded in MHDD: It shows:

IC35L060AVV207-0 LBA:80,418,240
SN:VNVB30G2HZ15DV FW:V22OA66A CACHE:1821KB Size: 39266MB
Init drive: [RECAL]
! ERROR: Drive not responding or operation canceled.

However, it lets me to proceed, but... at first the disk seems slow and it produces tons of green, brown and red blocks so I have to stop and zero-filled the drive with Ontrack DM. After zero-filling I scanned the drive with Erase Delays on, and most of those blocks have been restored... but there's still some parts of the drive that reads slowly (as it still has a lot of green blocks and a few brown blocks), and sometimes the scan eventually halts with the last scanned block shows "W". (There's no info about what "W" stands for). After that, [ESC] won't bring me back to the console, and the hard disk LED kept red, but the MHDD time still works and the MHDD info continues updating at the bottom. So I have to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot and start over again. (I have QEMM97 installed with QuickBoot on so it won't take too much time for me to restart the computer).

I don't know why, but this may possibly be another reason why it was called "Deathstar"...

And now I don't think I should continue scanning it... although it didn't seem to show obvious data faults...

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February 7, 2009 at 04:45:53
Ya' know, sometimes you've just got to say "...enough is enough" and move on. HHD's are far less than a $1 a gig...

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February 7, 2009 at 13:31:15
Your old hard drive may be defective, but if it was working fine before it may be that you didn't get a good installation when you "put it back". Try using different IDE cables, double check the jumper settings, etc. And, also accept that it may just be dying for some reason...

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February 8, 2009 at 19:18:44
Nothing much...

It seems to have some trouble analyzing, but installing something on that disk will work fine...

HDD Regenerator 1.61 didn't seem to have any trouble reading the disk. I once decide to let it regenerate the entire disk but it will require about 10 days to complete so I have to give up...

I don't know why, but it seems MHDD dislikes "IBM Deathstar(TM)" so it gave me a lot of wrong results and even refuse to recalibrate it... The disk is fine, actually fine...

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February 8, 2009 at 19:50:12
I had 2 of those 40GB deskstar IBM that failed under warranty. That series was junk. I wouldn't mess with it. The replacements I got both failed too. Not worth losing any data over.

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