This HD has a very minimun Buffer 128kb _ Thats 0.128mb _ the newest HDs have a Buffer of 16mb thats 16,000kb - you need 2mb/2,000kb minimum or even 8mb - THIS 0.128kb is your WEAK link from getting the HD info onto your RAM
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Re: quantum fireball 10.2gb
The computer speed completely depends on the speed of quantity of RAM, HDD, processor and FSB of mother board. Your processor is good enough to give better result with windows XP and did not mention about the availability RAM, if less than 256 MB, you need to upgrade and you can upgrade HDD not so mandatory if you have more than 20% free space. Under maintenance practice do regular "DEFRAGMENTATION and CHECK DISK" from selecting driver properties under tool tab.RAM will surely give boost and do degramenation
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1.. Get into your pc's bios and see if 32bit access is enabled for your disk, if not enable it, reboot. 2.. Goto control panel > device manager , double click on your IDE controller and check had disk status, if is on PIO mode or UDMA , must be at UDMA. Set it if not.
Here is a picture I found that shows the jumper settings for: Quantum Fireball CR
Quantum Fireball CX
Quantum Fireball EL
Quantum Fireball EX
Quantum Fireball LCT08
Quantum Fireball LCT10
Quantum Fireball LCT15
Quantum Fireball Plus KA
Quantum Fireball Plus KX
Quantum Fireball SE
Quantum Fireball ST
Quantum Fireball LM
Quantum Fireball AS
Did you switch the jumper config back to Master or CableSelect before trying to install them as a single drive? Also check the Maxtor website, (they owned Quantum too), for the correct jumper settings. Some of these drives (like the Quantum Fireball lct series) need TWO jumpers not just one.That was the trick that fixed mine from not being recognized by the Bios or the Windows setup disk....I got it used with only a single jumper, but it needed two to put it Cable Select mode.
A 20Gb Quantum Fireball LCT20 could be nearing its life end considering the length of time it has been in service. Perhaps what could be done is to perform a burn-in test on the 20Gb HD attaches as a Slave or Secondary on a 2nd PC or alternately, as an external mass storage device through an IDE to USB adapter. Burn-in test would be a multiple time scanning fro errors as those used by Norton Disk Doctor. Alternately, you can also Partition Magic to partition/format and eventually test the HD.
In your concern of PC slow down after 10 minutes, it is possible that:
the HD is slowing after some time or having difficulty searching for the called for system files;
heat related, either on the HD motor/bearings or even on the CPU (thermal throttling);
there are a number of software running in the background using the PC's memory;
presence of virus and/or malicious software.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
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Hi, considering that the 20G hdd was manufactured years back, it is possible that they are really at the end of their life. Being detected in the bios does not necessarily mean that everything is ok with the drive(s). You may want to try a third party partitioning/formatting software such as partition magic which however would need a second pc that is fully operational and install the fireballs either as secondary or slave. Another way is to download a diagnostic software from quantum dgdsk250.exe, install in a diskette and boot your on that diskette with your fireballs installed. it will perform factory std check-up and give you info re status of hdds. Hope this be of some help. Pls post again how things turn up