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HDD 'died' cyclic redundancy error

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Eeyore, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Maybe it was just their SCSI line but I wouldn't buy another if they were
    the last drive on earth.
  2. bg

    bg Guest

    Hitachi probably made that drive for IBM. Download the Hitachi Feature Tool.
    From it, you can create a floppy boot disk with programs that access the
    drive in DOS bypassing windows. If the drive has a data problem F tool will
    enable you to format and I think rewrite the MBR. If it is a hardware
    problem with the disk, F tool will hang also.
  3. Ron(UK)

    Ron(UK) Guest

    I`ve swapped out plenty of failed Fujitsu and Maxtor drives, and not
    only in PC`s. I try to only buy Quantum and Seagate drives these days
    but I`m sure everyone has their own tales to tell.


  4. I never buy cutting edge hard drives. I chose somewhere in the
    middle of the curve, and have never had an in warranty hard drive
    failure, in over 10 years of using them.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  5. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    I thought Quantum was gone?
  6. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    Home/SOHO use is a bit different than where I placed these servers in
    industrial/commercial applications.
  7. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Brilliant. I should have thought of that. Thanks.

  8. On Thu, 19 Jul 2007 03:02:40 +0100, in Eeyore

    here is another box

  9. Falcon16

    Falcon16 Guest

    well if it's a cyclic redundancy error that means that the key that
    windows has on file for the data on the drive no longer matches what
    the drive is reporting ergo drive is corrupted. Deskstars of that age
    are notorious for dying randomly (my uncle went through 2 pairs of
    drives in his raid 0 before switching to seagate 320GB SATA with a
    controller card earlier this year) Desktars are known in the computer
    world as deathstars for a reason. I've never personally had one die
    on me but then again the 2 laptops I had previous to this one (a
    thinkpad I series and a dell latitude (don't flame I was in college
    when I bought the first one and it died on me and the dell was
    purchased by my parents as a replacement it was used and I sold it to
    buy the acer dual core i'm typing this post on) . back on point junk
    the drive unless you really really need the data and go with a
    seagate, WD or Maxtor drive all better drives and with prices now
    falling (I live in Canada and 500GB drives are now $130) you can get ~
    20-30 times the disk space for pennies hope this helps
  10. go to and buy SpinRite - well worth the money

    Strongly seconded.
  11. Again, that was roughly my thought. In years past I'd have used Norton disktools with
    Boot win98's DOS from a floppy and see if you can "see" the drive. Win9x is
    much better at dealing with imperfect drive issues than is NT/2000/XP and
    plain DOS is even better than win for drive funnies. But try SPINRITE first.
  12. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    It's hardly worth $89 to resuscitate an old 20GB drive.

  13. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Thanks for that advice.

    Is there a trial version ? It's $89 to buy.

  14. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    No, but they'll gladly refund your purchase price if it doesn't work for you.
    This happened to me... I had a partially-dead hard drive, and after trying
    various options, bought a copy of SpinRite. It couldn't do any better, so I
    e-mailed them and they did immediately credit the purchase back to my Visa.

    Steve Gibson (the author) has been around forever, and while he's definitely
    something of a character, he is completely honest.
  15. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    That's excellent service.

  16. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    In Win9x you can enable command line history by typing "doskey".

    - Franc Zabkar
  17. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    As I said, I'm basically ignorant of XP, and what little I know about
    it I learnt from watching alt.msdos.batch, and by working
    [reluctantly] on friends' machines.

    In any case other XP users have suggested that you would be better off
    using cmd.exe. In fact, if I were to include just one feature of XP in
    Win98SE, it would be XP's extensions to batch language.

    - Franc Zabkar
  18. clifto

    clifto Guest

    Points to them for inventing Winchester technology. That said, their
    so-called fix for the Deathstar drives didn't work. I got hold of one
    early, lightly used and long before its first click of death. I applied
    the fix and sent it home. The friend brought it back inside of a year,
    clicking away, and though we managed to salvage a little data, most of it
    went the way of the Deathstar.

  19. is NOT "stripped". It has never had a history function
    without running a TSR to manage it. That would have been (not anymore)

  20. Thanks! I guess that I just imagined the computer room with our
    Prime mini-computer and racks full of Compaq servers.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
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