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Posted 18 June 2008 - 11:51 AM
To whom it may concern,
I have replied to Steve with the exact same email -- I hope this makes sense, trust me I wish I had never experienced what I went through.
I purchased (4) Mediamax refurbished Western Digital 36.7GB Raptors [WD360GD]. 2 of these went to a friend. 1 specific of my two drives refused to work in my newer intel chipset boards [p35 & x38]. My friend let me test his drives and they worked. I am currently am using one I had purchased for him until I receive an RMA.
Basically, I spent days pulling my hair out over the issue of the single drive. 3 of the 4 worked fine except for the 1. The one problem drive worked in an ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe in a RAID 0 array and also in an ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe. Mind you, these are both fairly old chipsets.
Now at first I purchased a new motherboard [ASUS P5K Deluxe (P35 chipset)] and one of the drives did not work. On the fly I decided to buy the more expensive ASUS P5E3 Deluxe (x38 chipset) and incurred the same problem with the same drive.
Trust me, it blows my mind that a drive will work under older chipsets and not the newer ones but in the same respect other drives of the exact same type and size work fine except this one.
I spent time on forums asking questions and people thought I was crazy or just confused. But hard drive issues, especially SATA, are straight forward -- if it don't spin up or recognized by the BIOS then send it back. Obviously the problem drive spinned up on the newer systems but just didn't show in the BIOS and therefore could not be entered into a RAID array much less accessed through an OS.
I'm making an assumption that Mediamax flashes the controllers (PCBs) of the HDs as the information is not that of a Western Digital model that shows in the BIOS. Therefore, it is quite possible that on the problem drive that although it worked on the older Intel chipsets of the ASUS boards, the newer boards may be more strict and possibly the flash of the one problem drive was somewhat corrupt.
This drive is essentially worthless to me and anyone else who has a current Intel chipset or possibly any new chipset for that matter.
Thank you for your time and understanding.
Posted 18 June 2008 - 12:32 PM
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