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Two Hard Drives Dead In One Week


Two hard drives in my computer have died in the past week. The first was a seagate barracuda 500gb and the second was a wd 160gb. The seagate i had for 2 years and i figured just died, so i moved onto my back up one. This wd is roughly 4 years old and never had any issues, so i do not know where this came about. I am going to test the wd drive for any issues, but i do not have the seagate on me, since i left for college yesterday. Any ideas on what is going on here? I don't want to get a new 1tb hdd and have it die on me. Really confused as to what is going on.

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I restarted my pc the other day. When i started it back up, it said "insert system disk". So naturally i took the case off, and looked at the hard drives. I have two hard drives, my primary, os hard drive and my storage drive. My primary drive won't take power. It's not the power cable, i plugged the storage drive in and it worked fine on the same cable. The hard dive doesn't spin, at all. Any ideas, or am i at a total lost without sending it to a dc?

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Posted On: August 11th, 2005, 02:06 PM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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Posted On: 10-24-2009, 09:31 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 3 months ago . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Wipe Hard Drives

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Posted On: March 1st, 2005, 10:23 AM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Problem With Hard Drives

My hard drives (x2) have been failing recently, the slave drive (d: ) just dissappears from the pc and every program using it hangs, sometimes a 'write error' box pops up. If i restart the pc, the boot screen shows only the slave dirve (d: ) and marks the master as 'none' , i have to turn off the pc and wait a few minutes for they to come back, do you know what may cause this problem?, It is very strange that one dissappears on windows and the other dissappears when rebooting but it happens that exact way. I've been able to reproduce the problem if i touch the energy cables of the disks, i don't know what this means but it happens with both drives and a soft touch/pressure on the cables' plugheads will make them beep and sound like restarting

What can i do to fix them? I think it is not a problem on the drives themselves but i'm not sure what else could be, i was going to buy a new drive this week but now that i can reproduce the problem i'm not sure that will solve it.


Posted On: February 11th, 2007, 11:50 PM . View Related Posts . . View 11 Replies .

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Posted On: June 11th, 2004, 07:27 PM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Hard Drives Not Working

The situation is like this:

- I have got a new dell pc
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Note, the computer worked properly when i got it and i had started using it before i changed the raid setting. Can anyone help me with this?


Posted On: March 2nd, 2005, 01:43 PM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Reformatted 2 Hard Drives

A little while ago, i reformatted both my hard drives and installed windows xp in my seagate drive. When i boot to the desktop, i am unable to access my smaller wd hard drive at all. The hard drive does get recognized by the bios, but windows can not access it for some odd reason. I tried to access it in safe mode and the command prompt and still get the same result. What i also find odd is that speedfan was able to access my older hard drive's temperature readings and its smart info. And those readings check out as normal. Is this a sign of a failing hard drive or is there something in windows blocking access to the hard drive?

Posted On: 11-22-2006, 06:43 AM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 11-23-2006, 06:39 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

Fast Hard Drives

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Posted On: 08-17-2008, 03:24 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

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Posted On: January 24th, 2007, 10:47 AM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Hybrid Hard Drives

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What is a hybrid drive? http://en. Wikipedia.org/wiki/hybrid_drive


Posted On: 12-27-2009, 11:49 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

Differences In Hard Drives

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Posted On: 12-27-2009, 08:35 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

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I have 4 750gb hard drives and i'm thinking about getting 4 more somewhere. I thought about raid 5 (with a perc 5/i) but they go for $120 but there's the write hole and bit-rotting that i don't want to deal with (especially since the array will be massive). Raid 0+1 is nice but i'd need a lot more hard drives!

My specs are. (If anyone is wondering. ):

Intel e8400 c0
Abit ip35-pro
4gb ram
2xraptor 74gb
Diamond hd4870 512mb.


Posted On: 08-07-2009, 03:33 AM . View Related Posts . . View 17 Replies .

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The specs on my computer are:

Intel e6600, asus p5wdh-deluxe, ocz gamexstream 700w, soundblaster x-fi extrememusic, radeon hd 4850, gskill 2gb f2-6400cl5d-2gbnq, wd raptor 150, windows xp sp3, antec p180b

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