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October 16, 2001 11:24:21 AM


This question might look very silly but I have to ask this as I have just lost my third hard disk.

I have a Kobian cabinet housing a PIII 450 on a Intel 440BX2 board. I had fitted two Quantum 10 GB hard disks into the case, the last one just little more than an year old.

The gap (space) beetween the two hard disks is not more than 0.5 inches and there is no space to fit a third hard disk. The primary HS is on the top with the floppy drive much above it with plenty of space to spare. The secondary hd is below the primary with the HDD cage bottom just below it.

After a little more than a year, my secondary just stopped responding (BIOS cannot detect it anymore) & heaves & hums a lot when connected.

I do not have a aircon in the room but have a ceiling fan always running when the computer is on.

Is there a possibility that the hard disk crashed because of inadequate air flow between the two drives?

I am worried as I have to buy a new bigger hard drive to replace the crashed one. What I do? Pls help.

Rajya V Mishra
Calcutta, India

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October 16, 2001 4:27:40 PM

If it worked for more than a year, there's no chance that it was heat. Most likely, the drive just died. Find out about warranty to get it replaced. If it's not under warranty, then you'll have to buy a new drive.

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October 17, 2001 10:24:41 PM

Actually I disagree with FAthead. Since your drive is not detected, that would usually indicate a bad interface on the drive. The PCB or a chip on it could have been slowely cooked, or cycles of heating and cooling could have caused the circuites to deteriorate, or it could have somply exceeded it's heat threshold on a certain day. There are other possiblities for damage over time when a drive is barely below its breaking point.

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October 28, 2001 1:57:43 PM

Thanks for chipping in, Crashman :-)

It seems to be mechanical problem as my other hard drive (primary master) has been now making familiar noises (I got their first taste when my primary slave went out of commission) at times; I dunno what's up as both the drives were/are Quantum 10 GBs.

I even ran a CHKDSK from within W2k Prof which gave no bad sectors! So, I suspect that even this drive might be having some mechanical issues. I have since been running my machine with the side covers open in order to minimise heat.

Meanwhile, I got myself a Seagate 40 GB (not Barracuda) - I mounted this as a primary slave & made a 5 GB parition - while copying some data over, the machine rebooted & thereafter the partition was inaccessible from within W2k.

So, I booted into Command Prompt & formatted it - this time it gave 4 KB bad sectors!!! I was aghast & have immediately returned the drive to the vendor.

I am absolutely at my wit's end as to the next course of action - something spooky seems to be going on in my machine :-(

Pls help
October 29, 2001 9:43:41 PM


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October 29, 2001 10:53:50 PM

It took you 12 days to figure out you thought that was funny?

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October 30, 2001 2:17:09 AM

Listen Fatty, if you took that misplaced pride and put it into finding out how often <b>I</b> posted in the last twelve days, you would realise I ain't been near this thread.

It took me about 12 minutes to stop laughing. :lol: 

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October 30, 2001 10:50:42 AM

Ok gentleman, if you have had your fill of laughter, I have another small naive question ;-)

A new Seagate 40 GB drive I am attempting to use in my computer shows up as 37.something in both Windows Me and 2000 - is this behaviour alright?
October 30, 2001 11:47:10 AM

I would have to say, yes! It's because the OS defines a megabyte by base 2 and the hardware manufactures do it by base 10. In the OS it's defined as 1,048,576bytes = 1 megabyte, and the hardware defines it as 1,000,000bytes = 1 megabyte.

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October 30, 2001 4:29:23 PM

The point is, you drug up a 12 day old thread just to say "LMAO". I thought that was funny :) 

To add to what Lars said, the partition on the drive takes up space. That accounts for a little more of the lost 3 meg.

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October 30, 2001 5:41:30 PM

Woah there!

Are <b>you</b> trying to chastise me for needless posting? Errmm... Yep.

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October 30, 2001 6:00:44 PM

Turnabout's fair play :) 

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November 3, 2001 5:46:32 PM

you can get a 5.25" bay to 3.5" convertor to put in teh hards disk.

never heard of a hard disk crashing of heating though.

good to see an Indian here.


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