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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:11 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:56 PM
The first drive would show-up for short periods when connected via USB (hence I could recover stuff) but this one is worse. The BIOS/HD software sees it but it cannot read anything from it (Windows just thinks about it for ages and then asks if you'd like to format it).
Do these hard drives work in other systems?
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:15 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:30 PM
The read test continues after it reports the 'overheating' error and produces error after error after error - it quits at 100 errors and that's after very little time - the HDD is definately toast.
You could format the drive and do a long or / extended format and have it check for bad blocks.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:39 PM
It's out of warranty (about 13 months old) so that's a waste of time completely.
time to send the mini back to dell.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:46 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 04:51 PM
I'm thinking that or a total failure of power (causing the drive to stop/start/stop/start would definately break it pretty quickly) - the last time I saw a drive which had this sort of problem (hardware issue rather than just bad sectors) it also had scoring/charring on it's power connector (not connected properly).
im suspecting a possible voltage issue with the motherboard and the drive.
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