Trouble with hard drive SATA cable prone to failure

September 22, 2016 at 15:36:02
Specs: XP
I have a small business network with 4 computers. Each has a dedicated job, so that if ones goes down, I'm not completely out of business. One of them stores images, maybe 10,000 per year. I take them of off a camera disk, upload them to the computer and then upload them to a lab. The computer I believe is a Pentium III, but is still adequate to do the job.

Every 3 or 4 months, I start the computer and drives won't be recognized and will not boot. I change the cable and everything works again. Is it possible with the uploading of pictures etc, causes the cable to fail? It does nothing else.


Tom C.

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September 22, 2016 at 19:13:07
No that would not cause the cable to fail.

My guess is thermal or vibration creep. Have you tried just reseating the cables instead of replacing them?

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September 22, 2016 at 20:51:38
Changing the cable may just be a placebo fix.

Check in cmos/bios setup for a 'hard disk pre delay'. Set it for something like 6 or 8 seconds. That will give the hard drive a little more time to spin up and be recognized.

On a P-III the drives will be IDE. Check the drive jumpers. Single/Master may work better than Cable Select or vice versa.

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September 23, 2016 at 05:10:43
I have tried reseating the cable, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I guess I could try reseating every other month as it is easy to get into. It's just annoying.

I will also poke around in the bios. Well, today is raining so that will be on my list.

Thanks for the ideas guys.


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September 23, 2016 at 13:37:52
Use a soft pencil eraser on the SATA edge connectors (both signal and power).. Troubles due to imperceptible oxide on them is something I have run into in the past .

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 23, 2016 at 17:29:59
Thanks Derek, I will give that a try also.


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