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#1 satnone

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 08:49 AM

heres my problem.. i have a 3 gig P4 with windows 2000 server.. 2
physical hard drives both on the primary ide.. a maxtor 80 GB with my
OS on it and a western digital 200 GB with all my important files
stored on it.. well a few days ago i started getting errors that said
my files r unreadable and corrupt.. this continued happening till i
got so many i had to restart the computer.. after starting back up i
went to that drive in explorer and i noticed the volume label was now
gone.. and when i clicked on it i got this error g:\ is not
accessible the parameter is incorrect.. i tried chkdsk and it did not
work.. i noticed that it says there is no file system anymore.. i
took the drive out and put it in my other computer and it asked me if
i wanted to format it.. i put it back in the old computer and it
still didnt work.. then i tried about 6 different data recovery
programs and recovered about 20 files out of hundreds of thousands..
i have another WD 200 GB with an exact copy of everything that was on
that drive i keep as a backup.. i hooked that one up to the secondary
ide and started burning all of it onto dvds.. when i almost had
everything copied.. my windows explorer froze up for some reason and
i had to restart.. when i went to the backup drive in explorer i
noticed that one also had no volume label anymore.. when i clicked on
it i got the same error.. i tried to recover that drive but i got
nothing at all this time.. thank god i copied most all of my files to
dvd.. i thaught i could never lose my files since i have so much
backup but this is insane... i reformatted the first drive that went bad
and i started getting the same errors again and some files and folders even
dissapeared completely.. so i ran chkdsk before rebooting this time..
it didnt work.. although i got an error message unlike last time.. i then
rebooted.. and before it started up chkdsk started running afterall
and found tons of errors and i guess it fixed them.. it was
working fine again and i took the drive out and put it in my other
computer and tried to access it and again it didnt work.. this
time it said it couldnt access it cause it was corrupt or something
like that.. it had all the same problems again.. i think it has
something to do with the master file table.. but the biggest problem
now is that i dont know whats causing this.. is the OS doing this to
the drives? or are the drives just bad defective?? and if it is the OS
can this be fixed by repartitioning?? i have absolutly no problem
with the other 2 drives (maxtor 80 GB) that i use as my system
dirves.. once this happens do i still use the hard drives?? ive
done quite a few virus scans with 3 antivirus programs.. norton..
bit defender.. and an online virus scan.. and everything came up
clean.. i also ran a few hard drive tests and they all said my
drives were working ok... what is the deal? can somebody please
help me ive tried everything and searched everywhere online.. i
dont know what to do anymore!!

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 09:53 AM

satnone,

how old are the western digital drives?

we had a whole batch of *dull* (heh) optiplex machines
go bad... almost all of them were on 24/7, and they all
had the same problem... harddrive failure.
and each machine had destern digital drives in them.
the machines were about a year old...

it might have been just a bad batch... or something
else :thumbsup: heh...

anyway, i have little confidence in WD drives since then...

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Posted 07 December 2004 - 11:13 AM

both drives were about 2 months old if that

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Posted 10 December 2004 - 11:12 AM

well, that shoots big holes in what i was thinking...
anybody else wanna step in here?
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Posted 10 December 2004 - 10:31 PM

i have a feeling its not the drives.. but maybe something with my OS or possibly my power supply.. i know for a fact that my power supply sucks.. so im getting a better one.. and reinstalling windows.. hopefully ill be fine after that.. so far ive got the drives in my other computer after doing a 0 erase on them and repartitioning them and theyre working good

Edited by satnone, 10 December 2004 - 10:31 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2004 - 11:00 PM

Have you thought about changing out the cables?

While you are at it, have you looked really good at the IDE ports on the motherboard. Maybe you are getting an a weak connection in there somewhere. I can see one HD going out as a fluke, but when several of them go out on the same motherboard, I look closer to the source as the problem.

A better power supply can do the trick, but only if everything else was going out too. How many watts is it anyway. If it is 450+, it is enough to run 2 HDs (any size even SATA ones), DVD-RW drive, DVD-ROM drive, max RAM, max PCI, sound card, and 256 MB AGP video card (you may be pushing it with a 512 one).
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.

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Posted 11 December 2004 - 12:38 AM

well first of all the drives went out on both the primary and secondary cable.. and also my system disk is on one of them and it has no problems.. werid huh..

my power supply is 300w.. i also have like 4 fans hooked up too.. the power for each fan actually taps into the power of each drive..

Edited by satnone, 11 December 2004 - 12:39 AM.





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