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August 12, 2006 10:50:57 AM

Hi there, please can you help. First my pc spec:
AMD Barton 2600,333mhz,512 L2 Cache
Casecom KG 9666 - 300w Case
2x 512mb DDRpc2700
PC Chips M848 M/Board
64mb Graphics Card
Win XP Home Edition
Maxtor 250GB HDD

I upgraded to a the maxtor HDD due to my previous Samsung 40GB HDD failed. Quite early on with my new Maxtor i was getting intermittnet problems with it hanging. Recently i contacted Maxtor who exchanged it for me with a refurbished model. Whilst reloading all my software and drivers etc the system froze when i added my printer, ran maxtor diagnostics and reported the drive had failed. Again Maxtor sent me another Refurbished Drive and again whilst reloading all my software & drivers it had a problem with msn messenger and i kept getting intergrator.exe errors and runtime errors, ran the diagnostic program again and reported the drive was failing and needs replaced. Is there an underlying problem elsewhere?
Many thanks ,
Paul

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August 13, 2006 12:00:05 PM

Possible but about a year ago I had a lot of Maxtor drives falling in the systems we sold. We have since switched to Seagate drives and have had hardly any fail. :) 
August 13, 2006 1:06:37 PM

Hey PC,
marty has a good point. I also had a brand new Maxtor 250 SATA II drive fail on me while I was building a new rig about 4 months ago. I was getting freezes, BSOD's :roll: .. you know.... the works. But because I have an ANTEC P180 case (NOISE PROOF) I did not know what was going on till I took it in for a diagnostic. They RMA'd it so now I just use the one they replaced it with (also a refurbished hdd) as a back up. I replaced it with Western Digital Raptor 74 gig that I NOW use for my O/S.

Ever since then and also after reading this post, I will definitely replace my drives when the time comes, with either seagate or Western dig.

RIG specs
Antec P180 PerformanceSeries Mid-Tower Case
SeaSonic S12 600 watt power supply
Asus A8N32 SLI mobo AMD N-Force 4 SLIX16 (bios 1103 V02.58)
RealTek 97 onboard digital 5.1 Surround
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo Core, 2 X 1mb L2 cache (AMD driver 1.3.1.0 w/MS hotfix & AMD Dual Core Optimizer)
2 gigs of Corsair TwinX3500LL Pro @ 437Mhz 2-3-2-6-1T
2- BFG 7900 GT OC 256mb in SLI (nvidia driver 91.31)
Western Digital RAPTOR 74.3 gig 10-K rpm HDD for XP & Apps
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for gaming, movies, MP3's
Maxtor SATA II 250 G HDD for document backup (unplugged)
Sony CDrom 52X
Plextor 708-A DVD/CD rom
Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 THX 500watts
August 13, 2006 1:53:44 PM

Just get a 80mm cooling fan to cool the HD ass. You can run it at 5 volts if you wish to make it a bit more quiet if you want.
Benn there many times. Many manufacturers make "HOT" drives but maxtor seems to be the king for ides & seagate for scsi. All in all,,, keep them cool & you will have far fewer problems.
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