I've noticed no particular problems with one drive brand over another (with the major brands - Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Maxtor, Toshiba, etc). I've got a "hunch" that the Toshiba drives are just rebranded Fujitsu's - but have no proof of this. The Hitachi DFT works very well on most IDE drives, but I've had some issues with it on SATA drives. I prefer the Seagate SeaTools for testing SATA drives.
It is most likely that the drive is failing - although there can be other causes for this. The 3 things that I'd recommend doing (after the backup, of course) is to update the drive's firmware (if available), update the motherboard/chipset drivers - and maybe (and this is a long shot) update the BIOS. But there's no guarantee that these steps will fix the problem - and they definitely won't fix it if the drive is failing (which is the most likely thing).
Reason for edit: 'nother brain cramp - left out the DFT/SeaTools stuff.
Edited by usasma, 12 October 2007 - 07:50 AM.
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