Hard drive light stays on

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My hard drive light is stuck on. It's not grinding as far as I can tell.
It's not the OS; it will stay stuck on if I go into the BIOS. It turned off
after a couple hours after boot a few days ago, but now it just stays on and
I never see it blink. My performance seems to not suffer, but it worries me.

I don't think it's a cable issue, it worked normally and didn't start
staying solidly on until I threw in another (old) hard drive, but I pulled
that other hard drive out and the hard drive light was still stuck on, so I
put the other hard drive back in.

Any ideas?

Jon
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    ... here's my config..

    Both drives are Western Digital Caviars, I think. The main drive is SATA
    320 GB, the other (old) drive is IDE 120 GB. Both pass the Western Digital
    tests and SMART tests. The old drive does make a single loud click and a
    power-down sound every few hours, but I can still access it when it happens
    without hiccups or errors.

    Motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 w/ an Athlon 64 3000+ and 1GB dual channel
    DDR RAM.

    Jon
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    Alas, if you'd only mentioned your operating system. If it's Windows, I
    suspect that there's something running. Do an Alt + Cntrl + Delete and
    check out the programs and processes that are running. Try shutting down
    some of the processes.

    Jon Davis wrote:
    > My hard drive light is stuck on. It's not grinding as far as I can tell.
    > It's not the OS; it will stay stuck on if I go into the BIOS. It turned off
    > after a couple hours after boot a few days ago, but now it just stays on and
    > I never see it blink. My performance seems to not suffer, but it worries me.
    >
    > I don't think it's a cable issue, it worked normally and didn't start
    > staying solidly on until I threw in another (old) hard drive, but I pulled
    > that other hard drive out and the hard drive light was still stuck on, so I
    > put the other hard drive back in.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    proper drivers are installed for HD controllers?
    DMA is enabled (9xwin)?
    indexing turned off (find fast -MS office)?
    media sniffers?
    virtual memory settings are correct?

    "Jon Davis" <jon@REMOVE.ME.PLEASE.jondavis.net> wrote in message
    news:K6s_e.27525$UI.20713@okepread05...
    > .. here's my config..
    >
    > Both drives are Western Digital Caviars, I think. The main drive is SATA
    > 320 GB, the other (old) drive is IDE 120 GB. Both pass the Western Digital
    > tests and SMART tests. The old drive does make a single loud click and a
    > power-down sound every few hours, but I can still access it when it
    > happens without hiccups or errors.
    >
    > Motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 w/ an Athlon 64 3000+ and 1GB dual channel
    > DDR RAM.
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 01:02:58 -0700, Jon Davis thoughtfully wrote:

    > .. here's my config..
    >
    > Both drives are Western Digital Caviars, I think. The main drive is SATA
    > 320 GB, the other (old) drive is IDE 120 GB. Both pass the Western Digital
    > tests and SMART tests. The old drive does make a single loud click and a
    > power-down sound every few hours, but I can still access it when it
    > happens without hiccups or errors.
    >
    > Motherboard is an MSI K8N Neo4 w/ an Athlon 64 3000+ and 1GB dual channel
    > DDR RAM.
    >
    > Jon

    Two things wiring issue with the led, defrag issue with the HD.
    You could go to safe mode Win and defrag, which also reorgs the registry
    file. WD and Smart say the HDs are physically ok but filesystem may be
    swapping pages.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    "jaster" <jaster@home.net> wrote in message
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    > Two things wiring issue with the led, defrag issue with the HD.

    Nope, was working normally before, like I said.

    > You could go to safe mode Win and defrag, which also reorgs the registry
    > file.

    Nope, stays on even when browsing BIOS settings, like I said.

    Jon
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    "JAD" <kapasitor@earthcharter.net> wrote in message
    news:DaD_e.17721$L45.17569@fe07.lga...
    > proper drivers are installed for HD controllers?

    Nope, stays on even when browsing BIOS settings, and worked normally before,
    all like I said.

    Jon
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    "Don B" <Don_B@comcast.net> wrote in message
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    > Alas, if you'd only mentioned your operating system.

    Nope, stays on even when browsing the BIOS settings, like I said.

    Jon
  8. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    Incidentally, I've defragged this drive to hell and back, even used BootVis
    to optimize.

    I'm talking days.. like, weeks, solidly on, with tons of hardware RAM to
    spare. This is NO visible performance hit, all like I said.

    Is there anyone out there who reads this stuff? If I say "it's solidly on
    when I go into my BIOS", people tell me to look at my operating system, and
    I say "it's not wiring because it worked normally before, until I added
    another drive," and people tell me it's a wiring problem. Oh my god.

    I think my drive is just toast, because one would think someone out there
    who knows how to read and who has seen this problem before (apparently a
    rare combination) would be able to point me in a meaningful direction
    without wasting my time, and theirs for bothering to repeat that which I
    already eliminated.

    Jon
  9. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    I've the same symptoms here for the past year or so & it only happened since
    I put an internal zip100 in the other floppy slot & have now got all IDE
    positions filled. Apparently it's quite common after installing internal
    Zip100.
    I just removed the wires from the motherboard.......... no dramas.


    "Don B" <Don_B@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:o8-dncfkYaTBQKfeRVn-vQ@comcast.com...
    > Alas, if you'd only mentioned your operating system. If it's Windows, I
    > suspect that there's something running. Do an Alt + Cntrl + Delete and
    > check out the programs and processes that are running. Try shutting down
    > some of the processes.
    >
    > Jon Davis wrote:
    >> My hard drive light is stuck on. It's not grinding as far as I can tell.
    >> It's not the OS; it will stay stuck on if I go into the BIOS. It turned
    >> off after a couple hours after boot a few days ago, but now it just stays
    >> on and I never see it blink. My performance seems to not suffer, but it
    >> worries me.
    >>
    >> I don't think it's a cable issue, it worked normally and didn't start
    >> staying solidly on until I threw in another (old) hard drive, but I
    >> pulled that other hard drive out and the hard drive light was still stuck
    >> on, so I put the other hard drive back in.
    >>
    >> Any ideas?
    >>
    >> Jon
  10. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    "Jon Davis" <jon@REMOVE.ME.PLEASE.jondavis.net> wrote in message
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    > Incidentally, I've defragged this drive to hell and back, even used
    BootVis
    > to optimize.
    >
    > I'm talking days.. like, weeks, solidly on, with tons of hardware RAM to
    > spare. This is NO visible performance hit, all like I said.
    >
    > Is there anyone out there who reads this stuff? If I say "it's solidly on
    > when I go into my BIOS", people tell me to look at my operating system,
    and
    > I say "it's not wiring because it worked normally before, until I added
    > another drive," and people tell me it's a wiring problem. Oh my god.
    >
    > I think my drive is just toast, because one would think someone out there
    > who knows how to read and who has seen this problem before (apparently a
    > rare combination) would be able to point me in a meaningful direction
    > without wasting my time, and theirs for bothering to repeat that which I
    > already eliminated.
    >
    > Jon
    >
    Check your Master/Master w/o Slave jumper settings. A while back I installed
    a WD as master on my secondary channel and the DVD burner that was slave on
    the primary channel stayed on all the time. Changing the WD(on the
    secondary) to Master w/o slave corrected the problem.

    If wrong guesses are such a problem try Google.
  11. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt,alt.comp.hardware (More info?)

    "T Shadow" <knone@zilch.com.invalid> wrote in message
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    > Check your Master/Master w/o Slave jumper settings. A while back I
    > installed
    > a WD as master on my secondary channel and the DVD burner that was slave
    > on
    > the primary channel stayed on all the time. Changing the WD(on the
    > secondary) to Master w/o slave corrected the problem.

    It's a SATA drive, as I mentioned. No master/slave option. Good guess tho.

    > If wrong guesses are such a problem try Google.

    Tried that, came here as a last resort, but I'll keep Googling. Thanks!

    Jon
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