My Hardrive has no Bad sectors and never had a problem ... Until suddenly It refused to Power up. It seems like one of the switching transistors have blown up ... and need to be replaced on the PCB underneath the drive(Where we Plug in the IDE Cable & teh Power supply). The reason why I feel that is because the HDD seems to be spinning(very Slightly) in intervals every 5 seconds and then stops(While I Boot up the PC. Due to inefficient power supply the drive is now not recognized in the Bios. I may be wrong but would really think I do need a replacement as the 8MB buffer also used to have a hadware Malfunction as I get a BSOOD in windows stating a Problem and Physical Memory Dump ... and I have tried installing brand new RAM Modules in Single and Dual channel modes. Even Re-Installing teh OS ... no luck. Another Samsung Hardrive works perfectly on Both my OLD and New Ram Modules ... Same OS(Win-XP professional).
I'm Now looking for that Board to solve my problems. Can you tell me How do I go about finding a replacement board. Thanking you
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After i Read your Explaination,i really sure if the Problem is at your Computer POWER SUPPLY. Change your Power Supply to Higher Watt. i Recomended to you to Using SIMBADA Power Supply ATX. and to Fix your HDD bad Sector,Try to use LLF (Low Level Format). LLF will destroy all data and Partition.So after you Format using LLF,you need to make a New partition at your HDD. LLF is Working for me to Fix Bad Sector in a So many times.
you could runthe chkdsk utility click start tpe cmd you are now in dos then type chkdsk/f/r to scan for and attemp to repair any bad files and bad sectors on your hard drive this will schedule to happen on restart of your computer another way of running the chkdsk utility click start click to open you should see your drive C: right click on select tools check now you will see two boxes tick in both again this will schedule to happen on restart if this is your primary hard drive with your operating system on it hope this helps you
Hi, first run the samsung diagnostics on the harddrive to check the drive integrity weather or not its repairable. Then you can low level format the hardrive to fix any bad sectors Diags link : http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/utilities/Support_Shdiag.html Low level format : http://www.4shared.com/file/39968347/df58a23c/clearhdd.html
Clicking sounds is an indication that the platters have a bad device internally. Once that happens the hard drive is no good, run the serial# on Maxtors website to see if its still under warranty, gd lk