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May 6, 2002 7:35:05 PM

well upon thourough recomendation from this forum and others i decided to get a maxtor 40gb hard drive rather than an IBM, this was a few months ago. just yesterday my hard drive started giving me a kerplunk kerplunk and wouldn't finish booting up. even scandisk got stuck at the same place with a kerplunk kerplunk. has anyone else with maxtors had this problem? it seems a little soon to have this problem after only having had this drive for a few months.

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May 6, 2002 8:24:40 PM

Some people in the forum have seen some issues, but I haven't seen any issues directly. With the drives I use in the work place that are part of the D740X series, they have no problems and have had them since they have been released.

I have had my home hard drives running for close to two years 24-7 now with no problems. They are a little more audible then they use to be, but wear and tear does that. Some people have IBM 60GXP's with no problems, and others have problems. The same with any mfg. You should always go with your personal experience and preference over a recommendation. You have a warranty with all manufactures for a reason.

People expect hard drives to be bullet proof, which is far and few between. Anything that's mechanical and is made on an assembly line is prone to problems.
May 7, 2002 12:52:11 AM

i would boot to dos mode or something and try to recover as much important data as possible before the drive dies completely.

then get a replacement, either from the store you got it (if under store warantee) or maxtor themselves.

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May 7, 2002 9:43:38 AM

I had the same problem with a Quantum Fireball KA (now Maxtor). I had few days to recover about 60% of my data, then the drive was unreadable.
May 8, 2002 1:49:08 AM

Well considering maxtor is the only comp that makes ATA 133 I like them :-) I jyst got my maxtor 80 gig 133 a few weeks ago and I have been nothing but impressed. Also Maxtor has a really nice feature on thier drives now, for an extra 4 bucks or something you can get gelled bearing that make bearly any noise. I play games all the time and I can bearly hear this thing run its great.
May 8, 2002 5:35:33 AM

fluid bearing yes.

but your fooling yourself if you think that the ata133 interface makes your drive any faster.
its benefits are negligable.

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May 8, 2002 9:54:11 AM

yeah, i was informed that the ata-133 standard was released to get around the 120gig barrier...and yeah, i doubt it gives you more performance...just a bigger "pipe" for the "water" to flow through... :wink:


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May 8, 2002 9:13:22 PM

Most HDD distributors will try to recover a lot of your data for you if you take the unit to be swapped out (i only know for sure with WD).

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May 16, 2002 6:18:51 PM

Some people in the forum have seen some issues


Stands to reason really. Hobbyists and people with problems come here. :wink:

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May 17, 2002 3:58:38 AM

hey how much did you pay for that drive?
And whats this gelled bearing thing I never heard of? I'm very interested. Thanks
May 17, 2002 4:48:37 AM

You are right Camie. Unless one of our members has problems we only see problems posted here asking for help.
Very few strangers come here and say "I am not having any problems".

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May 17, 2002 9:31:59 AM

is it the diamondmax vl line of harddisks? my 30 gig made the same noise once and its broken now and I sent it for warranty. I bought a D740X after I heard a screeching sound once during startup thinking that I could mirror the old hdd into it before it broke completely. But it could be that the screeching sound was caused by the head scratching the platter since when I tried to mirror it I spent 1 1/2 hours looking at bad sectors before I finally gave up.

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May 19, 2002 1:25:40 AM

Is this one of the D740's?? Im sure maxtor will give you a new one if it's under warranty.

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May 19, 2002 1:28:27 AM

I think he means the Fluid dynamic bearings, they run cooler and quieter than the ball bearing ones.

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May 19, 2002 7:05:09 PM

yeah, it was a d740X. i just got my replacement in the otehr day, i used the advanced rma replacement. i am going to wait till i get my new copy of windows xp to use the enw hard drive but i would like to give props to maxtor for a very expedient(and relativly low hassle) rma replacement. i will give them another chnace.

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May 19, 2002 11:20:27 PM

I've had really good luck with maxtor, no problems yet.

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May 20, 2002 10:03:39 AM

I bought two Maxtor D740 UDMA133 7200 rpm 60 Gig to build a RAID 0 array by using an on-board Promise IDE-RAID UDMA133.
The new array has the same performance (about 72 MB/s) or maybe lower, as an array made by using the same controller and two IBM 75GXP which are several years older and a lower transfer rate. Hardly I can reach the same performances as a single IBM 120GXP.
May 21, 2002 6:01:33 PM

Since no one else is doing so...i guess i'll be the one to post a maxtor problem. Bought two new Maxtor 60gig ATA100 7200rpm drives last March, they both burned up in under 6 months. Just litterally burned out..the motors went kaput etc... Back to WD i went and once again life is good. Never had a WD burn out in less than 3 years.

Just my experience...every brand will have some problems though...

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May 22, 2002 8:17:32 AM

in 6 months, maxtor will be GLAD to replace them.
they are supposed to have the best tech support and RMA around.
i havent had to deal with them i dont know personally.
right now, i have a new d740x, not exactly new, but less than 6 months!
and i have a 4 year old 10 gig maxtor, which is alive a ticking. both in my system.
working perfect, no problems.


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June 1, 2002 7:55:10 AM

Back to WD i went and once again life is good. Never had a WD burn out in less than 3 years.

Well, I'd rather have my HDD burn out in less than 3 years and get it replaced, than in more than 3 years and get screwd. :smile:
June 7, 2002 1:50:20 PM

I'm not having any problems. Yea! I said it!
I'm on my third Maxtor drive in 9 yrs w/o any probs.
The latest is the DiamondMax 60G ATA 100 7200 rpm which
I bought this past Jan. It is the quietest one yet.
June 7, 2002 7:50:04 PM

When I first got my new maxtor it was great, after a month or two it started getting a lound pitch, being new to this stuff I thought it was normal. Eventually it would get so loud, I honestly thought it was starting to hurt my hearing. I eventually called maxtor and they said they did have some problems(another poster refered it to a jet noise-thats what I had). The maxror rep was great and without any problems at all I got a new drive under rma, and now I am very pleased with the noise level. I have two drives now a 'j' series and a 'l' series, the 'l' series is noticably quiter, but I think the loudest thing on my pc now is the cpu fan.
Maxtor makes great drives and I know first hand they have great service.
June 8, 2002 11:18:43 PM

this maxtor drive, is it really worthy?
i have heard a lot about but not from a real experience.
June 8, 2002 11:20:27 PM

exactly. {smile}
June 8, 2002 11:25:42 PM

"I am not having any problems" {smile}
in fact it is not true at all at the moment.
my 60gxp makes some strange noise.
im wondering if it is going to fall down.
June 8, 2002 11:32:22 PM

accurate point of view. {smile}
that should be help me for my next hard disk buying.
i have heard that 60gxp are bad but maybe it is a falsity.
June 8, 2002 11:37:56 PM

They're actually called Fluid Dynamic Bearings, but I doubt they are really fluid at all. I believe they are made from a class of ultra hard ceramics that have a special feature-friction melts the surface (and only very little of the surface), making the molecules act as liquid ball bearings.

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June 8, 2002 11:39:39 PM

it seems to be weird.
they have changed all the maxtor hard drives for IBM drives in my society because the LAN and computers technical service have had too many issues and RMA with those maxtor drives.