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Anybody else have problems with Fujitsu HDD in a Dell C640 ?

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Anonymous
September 13, 2005 9:33:46 PM

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I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So I
thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2" Fujitsu
MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big enough for
what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.

I know I'm installing Win2000 right, and installing all the correct
latest drivers from the Dell site - I've done this dozens of times
before on C640s, but always using IBM/Hitachi or Seagate drives.

But loading it on this fujitsu drive, it's godawful S-L-O-W. It takes
forever to start windows or open anything and the mouse is jerky - just
like there's an IRQ conflict, except that device manager reports that
all is well.

Anybody else had similar experiences with Fujitsu drives in a Dell
Latitude ?


- FM -
Anonymous
September 14, 2005 3:24:17 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Is the drive known to be in 100% tip-topn condition? Did you run Fujitsu's
diagnostics? ... Ben Myers

On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:33:46 -0500, Fred Mau <fred-dot-mau@comcast.net> wrote:

>I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So I
>thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2" Fujitsu
>MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big enough for
>what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.
>
>I know I'm installing Win2000 right, and installing all the correct
>latest drivers from the Dell site - I've done this dozens of times
>before on C640s, but always using IBM/Hitachi or Seagate drives.
>
>But loading it on this fujitsu drive, it's godawful S-L-O-W. It takes
>forever to start windows or open anything and the mouse is jerky - just
>like there's an IRQ conflict, except that device manager reports that
>all is well.
>
>Anybody else had similar experiences with Fujitsu drives in a Dell
>Latitude ?
>
>
>- FM -
Anonymous
September 14, 2005 3:24:18 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Yes, but not in this laptop. I have an old Optiplex GX110 rigged up with
a removable drive cage, for testing hard drives. I ran the Fujitsu
diagnostic and their FJERASE zero-fill utility on there before sticking
it in the latitude.

I erased it again and I'm trying XP, just to see if there's any
difference.

- FM -


ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net (Ben Myers) wrote in
news:43275f82.39272829@nntp.charter.net:

> Is the drive known to be in 100% tip-topn condition? Did you run
> Fujitsu's diagnostics? ... Ben Myers
>
> On Tue, 13 Sep 2005 17:33:46 -0500, Fred Mau
> <fred-dot-mau@comcast.net> wrote:
>
>>I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So I
>>thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2" Fujitsu
>>MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big enough for
>>what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.
>>
>>I know I'm installing Win2000 right, and installing all the correct
>>latest drivers from the Dell site - I've done this dozens of times
>>before on C640s, but always using IBM/Hitachi or Seagate drives.
>>
>>But loading it on this fujitsu drive, it's godawful S-L-O-W. It takes
>>forever to start windows or open anything and the mouse is jerky -
>>just like there's an IRQ conflict, except that device manager reports
>>that all is well.
>>
>>Anybody else had similar experiences with Fujitsu drives in a Dell
>>Latitude ?
>>
>>
>>- FM -
>
>
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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 5:18:45 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Hi!

> I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So I
> thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2" Fujitsu
> MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big enough for
> what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.

Fred, I have a Fujitsu 3.5 inch drive in the 6.4GB capacity that is doing
the exact same thing in a Compaq K6 desktop machine.

I can't figure out what the problem is. The drive is SLOW and seems to churn
a lot, despite having 256MB of RAM installed. Most of the time the HDD light
isn't on more than normal. I know there are no issues with spyware, viruses
or bloated software. The drive passes through SpinRite and every other test
I can dream up to run on it...it just takes its sweet time to do *anything*.

Fujitsu had a line of drives that were just no good. They were known to just
up and die. I don't know if this includes the 6.4GB series or not...or if it
includes laptop drives. I've seen a lot of them die and Fujitsu might have
even been sued regarding this problem.

If I were you, I'd dump the drive and replace it.

William
Anonymous
September 14, 2005 3:35:27 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

"William R. Walsh" <newgroups1@nojunquemail.walshcomptech.com> wrote in
news:VTKVe.328304$_o.311370@attbi_s71:

> Hi!
>
>> I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So
>> I thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2"
>> Fujitsu MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big
>> enough for what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.
>
> Fred, I have a Fujitsu 3.5 inch drive in the 6.4GB capacity that is
> doing the exact same thing in a Compaq K6 desktop machine.
>
> I can't figure out what the problem is. The drive is SLOW and seems to
> churn a lot, despite having 256MB of RAM installed. Most of the time
> the HDD light isn't on more than normal. I know there are no issues
> with spyware, viruses or bloated software. The drive passes through
> SpinRite and every other test I can dream up to run on it...it just
> takes its sweet time to do *anything*.
>
> Fujitsu had a line of drives that were just no good. They were known
> to just up and die. I don't know if this includes the 6.4GB series or
> not...or if it includes laptop drives. I've seen a lot of them die and
> Fujitsu might have even been sued regarding this problem.
>
> If I were you, I'd dump the drive and replace it.
>
> William
>

Yes, I've concluded the Fujitsu MHH2064AT is just garbage, even though
it passes every test I've run on it. I tried XP, just to see if it was
a Win2000 issue, same results.

I replaced it with a 5 GB IBM Travelstar DJSA-205 which behaves fine.

To run my Win2000 app the next couple days, I would rather have had a
6.4 GB instead of a 5 GB, but not at that performance hit.

Thanks for the advice.

- FM -
Anonymous
September 14, 2005 8:58:38 PM

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could it simply be jumpered incorrectly?
http://www.scinet.com/global/support/computing/storage/...
does the behaviour change if you remove the cd drive? i wonder if the
system has just one ide controller and that the cd drive and hd are jumpered
differently and so performing badly. also, i assume that you installed the
intel mobile chipset support directly after installing win2k.


"Fred Mau" <fred-dot-mau@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:Xns96D1618FEBDC4freddotmaucomcastnet@216.196.97.131...
> "William R. Walsh" <newgroups1@nojunquemail.walshcomptech.com> wrote in
> news:VTKVe.328304$_o.311370@attbi_s71:
>
>> Hi!
>>
>>> I have a project where I need a Win2000Pro system for a few days, So
>>> I thought I load it into onto my Latitude C640 on a spare 2-1/2"
>>> Fujitsu MHH2064AT drive. It's 6.4 GB which is kinda small but big
>>> enough for what I need. The specs say it's an ATA-33 drive.
>>
>> Fred, I have a Fujitsu 3.5 inch drive in the 6.4GB capacity that is
>> doing the exact same thing in a Compaq K6 desktop machine.
>>
>> I can't figure out what the problem is. The drive is SLOW and seems to
>> churn a lot, despite having 256MB of RAM installed. Most of the time
>> the HDD light isn't on more than normal. I know there are no issues
>> with spyware, viruses or bloated software. The drive passes through
>> SpinRite and every other test I can dream up to run on it...it just
>> takes its sweet time to do *anything*.
>>
>> Fujitsu had a line of drives that were just no good. They were known
>> to just up and die. I don't know if this includes the 6.4GB series or
>> not...or if it includes laptop drives. I've seen a lot of them die and
>> Fujitsu might have even been sued regarding this problem.
>>
>> If I were you, I'd dump the drive and replace it.
>>
>> William
>>
>
> Yes, I've concluded the Fujitsu MHH2064AT is just garbage, even though
> it passes every test I've run on it. I tried XP, just to see if it was
> a Win2000 issue, same results.
>
> I replaced it with a 5 GB IBM Travelstar DJSA-205 which behaves fine.
>
> To run my Win2000 app the next couple days, I would rather have had a
> 6.4 GB instead of a 5 GB, but not at that performance hit.
>
> Thanks for the advice.
>
> - FM -
!