Posted 13 May 2006 - 01:49 PM
Brand, size, rotational speed, model?
If it fails when attempting FDisk, or when attempting a format after FDisk it is most certainly a defective drive. Fdisk is available on the Windows 98 startup/boot disc.
You can also go to the manufacturers site and download their version of a drive fitness test, run it on the drive as a slave in another computer. You will know quickly whether it is good or not. If you get questionable results run the fitness test for 6 hours. You will know for sure, then.
You can also type the model number into a Google search and often find out the history.
If it is a newer faster drive, 60 to 160, they have been exhibiting the highest failure rates, particularly for companies famous for reliability such as Western Digital. If it is a Quantum, Diamond Fireball, or Tri-Gem I would be already convinced that it has reached the end of its useful product life.,