I have two hard drives in my system, and a DVD+RW and a floppy drive. My first © drive just went bad a month ago, several sectors went bad and I bought a new one to replace it. Fortunately I was able to salvage most of my stuff, since it never fully died. The new one replacing it is a Seagate 250GB, but only formatted for 167. My second hard drive (E) is a Maxtor 250GB, and it's acting up now. Though it's always visible in My Computer, sometimes I can access it just fine, but sometimes it makes a strange sound while trying to read from it, and then freezes the computer 10-20 seconds later, while the hard drive light on my case stays on. Most of the time, the noise sounds while accessing my floppy or DVD drives, and then if I try to access the second hard drive afterwards, it freezes as described above. The sound, if anyone's familiar with it, is about the same sound as it makes when coming out of standby mode, on which I put my computer each night. For those unfamiliar with the sound, it's like a click, sometimes a faint beep, a second or two of what I'd call "powering up", and then maybe a short instance of the typical grinding of it reading. I may have described that all wrong because I was doing so from memory, but that's what I seem to recall.
So anyway, I looked all over Google for a long while, and have concluded that it could be just about anything. What do you think? Has anyone encountered anything like this before? What should I do or check? Thanks, I'd really like to avoid having to replace BOTH hard drives within a month of each other.
Edited by Ed022, 22 October 2005 - 04:57 PM.