A second-hand Hitachi 40gb Slave drive just suddenly stopped working.
Two nights ago I deleted some unnecessary settings in my system registry. Within twenty four hours my system began freezing. I'd reboot and everything would be fine for a while.
A disk health program on my master drive said both drives were okay. In fact the grades on this slave drive were all steady or improving. Curiously the temperature setting kept getting more positive - all figures in blue. This slave hdd is supposed to have a number grade somewhere around 170, though it was usually around 160. But by now it was 200. (A higher figure indicates a colder temperature, a lower figure - in red - indicates a hotter temperature.)
The last time I rebooted, BIOS would not recognise my slave drive. At one point it also stopped recognising my master drive. I powered off, waited twenty minutes and this time BIOS recognised my master drive. And the disk health application still keeps saying that my Master drive is in fantastic condition.
I can hear and feel the slave drive start up. No unusual sounds. Though the drive doesn't automatically spin every ten minutes like it used to - it did this to ensure the heads didn't stick to the hdd.
Inputting the slave drive's configurations into BIOS doesn't help. BIOS reports Disk 1 failure.
I've since unhooked the slave drive, had a look at it, and set it aside. Will plug it back in some time this weekend. May even test it on a different junk computer I've got in storage.
Will a dead slave hdd cause Windows to freeze? I don't believe anything I was doing involved the slave drive when my system hung.
Does the fact that the temperature number grade kept getting more positive suggest that it's not necessary the disk inside the hdd but another component inside the hdd case?
A quick glance at internet articles suggests that power supply and IDE cables can sometimes be a problem.
FWIW, the slave drive acted as a back-up drive for my master drive and flash drives. My master drive is almost entirely backed up to CD Rom. Nothing terribly important if this slave hdd is dead and gone, but if I can retrieve the files I will.