Bad Drive?

Maxtor Fireball 3 40gb hard drive
May 22, 2010 at 15:43:31
Specs: Ubuntu 10.04
I have a 40gb Maxtor that i recently pulled out of my Dell Dimension 2400, running on Windows XP(NTFS). I put in a different harddrive and installed Ubuntu 10.04. No problems. Using EXT4. I pulled that harddrive out and put the maxtor back in. bios told me that primary drive 0 was not found. i tried several things to get this drive to work. I want to get it to work so i can use it for ubuntu instead of a 10gb.

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#1
May 22, 2010 at 16:38:57
Try checking IDE Cable on both the Motherboard & the HDD. If it is loose, it could cause problems. Also, check to see if the jumper on the HDD is lose or missing, this could also cause problems. The jumper usually located between the IDE connection & the power connection on the HDD.
Another approach would be to enter the bios (Press F2 at the Dell Logo), use the arrow keys to go down to Drive Configuration, & press enter. Go down to Primary Master Drive & press enter. Check to make shure it is on AUTO, not USER1, USER2, etc.

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#2
May 22, 2010 at 17:14:33
i wish it would help. under bios, when i am looking at the ide configuration, it says it is an unknown device. i have tried setting the jumper to master, slave, and cs. i have unplugged and plugged the cables back in. on startup the drive spins up and sounds perfectly normal. someone please help.

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#3
May 22, 2010 at 18:22:28
also i might add, i have tried this harddrive on many of my computers. nothing is wrong with the dell 2400. i checked and the ide controllers are fine. it's something to do with the harddrive.

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#4
May 23, 2010 at 13:07:29
anyone?

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#5
May 23, 2010 at 18:08:04
Obviously you have the jumpers or cables set up wrong. Did you disconnect all power from the computer before changing anything?

IDE controllers can configure up to two devices connected to one cable. Dell computers seem to like using CS on all drives.

The rules are as follows for drives on the same cable. If using CS then BOTH devices must use CS. If using Master on one then the other must be Slave.

IDE cables are fragile and can be easily damaged.

If you have TWO IDE controllers on your motherboard you should use the first one for your boot device.


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#6
May 23, 2010 at 19:08:57
it is on primary ide controller. i have 23 cables that i have tried. plus, my other drives are working fine. i always unplug before i do anything. i am using it as a single drive. i have tried cs, master, and i have put in my ubuntu drive and tried using the maxtor as a slave. i build computers for people all the time. i'm not a noob to bulding computers, i just don't know how to fix a bad drive.

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#7
May 23, 2010 at 19:24:48
Plug the power cable into the HDD (j/k). Don't laugh, I've done
that once or twice.

A Dell 2400 is an aging system, check the mobo capacitors:
www.thenakedpc.com/dan/Bulging_Capacitors/close-up.jpg

Also run floppy or CD bootable SeaTools HDD Diagnostics
(available from Seagate), which will work on Maxtor HDDs
(Seagate acquired Maxtor years ago) to test the HDD.
SeaTools may work and see the HDD even if the BIOS doesn't
(I have seen that B4).


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#8
May 27, 2010 at 12:11:55
"A Dell 2400 is an aging system, check the mobo capacitors:
www.thenakedpc.com/dan/Bulging_Capacitors/close-up.jpg

Also run floppy or CD bootable SeaTools HDD Diagnostics
(available from Seagate), which will work on Maxtor HDDs
(Seagate acquired Maxtor years ago) to test the HDD.
SeaTools may work and see the HDD even if the BIOS doesn't
(I have seen that B4)."

it got it to recognize the drive, but it doesn't do anything. it gives me an error saying that it most likely has to do with bad disk sectors. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!


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#9
May 27, 2010 at 12:51:15
Bad sectors are bad sectors. If there are too many bad
sectors on the disk, the drive may not be recoverable. If there
are only a few bad sectors, you can run the Seatools Sector
REPAIR function. This tries to move data from bad sectors, to
good sectors, then it marks the bad sectors as bad so they
aren't used any longer.

In either case, any bad sector on a HDD is a sign that the
magnetic media is failing, and the drive should be replaced.

Were there any error codes?

If there is critical data on the drive, you may want to send it to a recovery specialist. That co$t$ lot$ of $ though.

Just another stupid saying...


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#10
May 27, 2010 at 13:11:24
no error codes. it says "problem sectors are difficult to read" and it refers me to "Bad Sector Found"

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#11
May 27, 2010 at 13:39:15
You're getting that w/ Seatools Windows utility or SeaTools DOS utility?

With the SeaTools DOS utility, there should be a button to select to do a sector repair.

SeaTools DOS utility readme: www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

If you don't need that HDD or data from it, sh*tcan it & get a new one.

Just another stupid saying...


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#12
May 27, 2010 at 14:17:22
i'm using the bootable iso. i hate windows. i'm pretty sure it's a bad drive. it won't even perform a test. any at all. i guess i did something to it. oh well. it only had xp on it. i blame bill. thanks for the help though.

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#13
May 27, 2010 at 14:49:29
The only thing you did to it, was use it. No, you can't blame Bill for a cruddy drive (Maxtors...eww).

Good Luck.

Just another stupid saying...


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