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June 30, 2002 12:57:47 AM

I have a IBM 30GB deskstar hard drive that failed recently. I was able to get the drive running again with my friends help but ever since than my drive has been running at an atrociously slow. When I test it with HD Tach I get burst speeds that are ridiculously slow at 1.9 Mbps.

I am running win2k pro on a asus a7v133 with the latest bios and latest 4 in 1 drivers. The ide channel the hard drive is running on says it is running at ultradma or pio mode depending on what is feeling like when it boots.

Also I was running the drive on the promise drives when it failed and now it will not boot off that channel so I'm using the other ide connectors.

Any help would be greatly appreciated
I apologize for the poor tech articulation
thanks

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June 30, 2002 2:01:58 AM

Hey, I have a very similar system. I <b>had</b> an IBM 75GXP 30GB, until it <A HREF="http://www.btvillarin.com/ramblings/hddilema/1.html" target="_new">died</A>.

Anyway, How did your friend get it running again? Did you run Drive Fitness Test from IBM? After POST, it should be at Ultra DMA 5 or something like that.

Also, I think you're better off using the standard IDE connectors. The RAID ones are...if you're running RAID. Then again, I never really tried them, nor do I have the need to.

The latest 4-in-1 drivers are <A HREF="http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2" target="_new">v4.40(a)P3</A>.

Where's Toey? I gotta go see a movie pretty soon... :lol: 

Bryan

P.S. Did you build your system? (Yes) Where did you get the idea for the components from? I'm curious... :eek: 

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June 30, 2002 2:34:20 AM

What caused it to fail in the first place was it wrote about 3gb of corrupt sectors un-noticed and then finally it wrote one in the boot sector just to make me notice. I was able to get it working again by putting it in my friends machine as a slave and reformatting it.

The specifics of my system are:
asus a7v133 mobo
256 mb of crucial pc133 cl2 ram
ibm 7200 rpm ata100 30gb desk-star
asus 7700 32 mb DDR video card

I got the idea for the components from a toms hardware article that ran about a year back.

Sorry for not being very specific.
Thanks for the help
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June 30, 2002 2:40:45 AM

im just wondering but did the reformatting take a really long time??
wat kind of format: quick or unconditional?
im having the same kind of problems with my drive but it's an wd 20gig. the drive post and my system comes up...it's just that loading and everything is very slow....
just wondering if u had the same problem??

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June 30, 2002 2:43:52 AM

Last post for now, cuz I gotta go.

I'm not sure exactly what's causing this. But, if you wanna take the time for a clean install, I do mine in this order. So far, it's been stable and everything since the beginning this month, running usually 24/7:

Install Windows 2000 Pro SP2 (25 minutes duration)
Optimize settings (swap file, visual settings, some services, etc.)
Via 4-in-1 (should now be 4.40)
Windows Update site downloads
Xerox DocuPrint M760 v3.57 drivers
Aureal Vortex 2 sound card drivers
ATI Radeon 32MB SDR drivers 5.13.01.6071
Via 4-in-1 drivers (again)
<A HREF="http://networking.tzo.com/net/software/" target="_new">PCI Latency Patch 0.19</A>

I have no other ideas for now.

By the way, I did my computer from that article too! Sweet...check out my system. A lot has changed especially cuz of the SB Live and the 75GXP I had back then.

See ya...I'll check back later. :smile:

Bryan

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June 30, 2002 2:48:24 AM

I used the unconditinal format and yes it took alonge time and made a lot of noise in certain spots (Two loud reads followed by a click). The drive says it is runing a dma 5 right before it loads win 2k but it is aparent it is not running at that speed when i get there.

thanks for the help
June 30, 2002 7:56:21 AM

yea im guessing the drive is damaged for good...it's still running but just not at wat it is suppose to.... i tried to fix it but there's no going back once a hdd is messed up... btw how much power is your system being run with? psu brand and watts?

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June 30, 2002 8:14:29 AM

Alright, I'm going to emphasize this because I think you need to do this.

<b><font color=red>Make sure you get your important data off the hard drive before doing all this. After the Erase Disk step, everything will be gone, and you won't be able to recover it.</font color=red></b>

Run the thorough scan using <A HREF="http://www.storage.ibm.com/hdd/technolo/dft/dftnew.htm" target="_new">Drive Fitness Test</A> from IBM. It runs from a floppy. I'm not hoping for something bad, but I'm thinking that your hard drive is at the brink of death...but barely hanging on. If the scan completes, without any errors, then do an Erase Disk. It's the equivalent of a Low Level Format. Then, reinstall all your stuff.

If the thorough scan finds something wrong, and gives you a RMA number, that means you get to send your drive to IBM and get a replacement.

<b><i>Jumping ahead</i></b>
Most likely, your replacement will be a 120GXP. For me, I actually opened it up and used it; I wasn't thinking straight. You, on the other hand, might want to get another once to get away from the trouble of these Deskstar series. You can try and sell it off eBay, then get a Maxtor or Western Digital.

Bryan

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July 1, 2002 7:56:14 AM

Problem resolved

after alot of messing around I realived that one of the pins on the ide connector on the hard drive was bent to crap.

I was able to strieghten it out and every thing is working fine now. The only bad thing is now that pin is pretty lose.

Thanks for all the suggestions they were helpfull
July 1, 2002 9:47:32 AM

Nice job, man! The only concern is that pin, though. If anything bad happens during a transfer or something, then you might lose data. I'm not sure how you can get that checked or fixed. Toey should know...

Later,

Bryan

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