Hard Drive Failure?

I use Windows XP and I'm on an ASUS P4P800-E motherboard. The mobo has 4 SATA connectors (I really don't know the difference between them, I think one set is internal RAID) and recently a hard drive of mine failed. It was a Maxtor SATA. Anyway before my drive finally went kaput I was getting disk and atapi error messages in the Event Viewer such as:

The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk1\D.


A parity error was detected on \Device\Ide\IdePort1.

Now the same thing is happening with another one of my drives.

Now my main issue here is which drive is the one that's failing?? I have 4 physical hard drives, 2 PATA and 2 SATA.

I have no idea how to interpret "\Device\Harddisk1\D." How does this relate to what you see in Disk Management in the Computer Management tool? Would that be Disk 0? Disk 1?

I need to figure out so I can figure out which drives I have to yank and what I need for replacements. I tried Microsofts's Knowledge Base but, surprise surprise, their data about this stuff was only valid for up to Windows 2K.

Thanks for any help you can give.
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  1. I'd be curious if HDTune works with SATA drives ?
    <A HREF="http://www.hdtune.com/" target="_new">http://www.hdtune.com/</A>

    If it does then the S.M.A.R.T. info may be available.

    The loving are the daring!
  2. Ah, thanks a lot. I was looking for a free SMART monitor, the only one I knew about was Active Smart and that's not free.

    HD Tune does work with SATA, I just wish I could minimize to the tray.
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