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While I am browsing the Internet, sometimes when I click on a link, or go to another forum, my browser freezes and my hard drives starts make these "scratching" sounds. It goes "scratch, scratch, scratch, *pause for a second*, scratch, scratch, scratch, etc." Very weird. It does this for a minute then I have to "End task" the Internet browser. I know this is hard drive related and not software because my hard drive did the same thing while I was reformating it. I think it time for a new hard drive. Any recommendations? I would like a 30-40GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive.
Okay, it seems that the top two IDE hard drives are the Western Digital Caviar SE and the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9.
However, I read some reviews at www.storagereview.com and it seems that the Western Digital is faster but louder than the Maxtor. True?
Yeap on all accounts.
RMA your WD drive!! It's still under warranty.
Originally posted by Dazz
Yeap on all accounts.
RMA your WD drive!! It's still under warranty. I don't have Western Digital. I have the IBM Deskstar 75GXP.
Well now i CAN Ganrantee it's dying might want to send off a e-mail and contact IBM it may still be under warranty.
As for which drive i would say the WD SE it kicks ass :)
I had the same HD, and it did the same thing.
I managed to get data off, and Ihope you can too, but you best hurry.
My RMA took over 2 months though so good luck.
I had a IBM GXP60 and that died 3 times, RMAed twice got it back within a week and it had to be shipped to Holland and back.
11-07-03, 08:27 PM
While I am browsing the Internet, sometimes when I click on a link, or go to another forum, my browser freezes and my hard drives starts make these "scratching" sounds. It goes "scratch, scratch, scratch, *pause for a second*, scratch, scratch, scratch, etc." Very weird.
I have the IBM Deskstar 75GXP.
Congradulations! You've just found out why that drive has been called a "Deathstar" in many computer circles of general computer geekdom. Those "scratches" you are hearing is the aluminum drive head grinding deep gouges into the platters - platters that are made of glass (way to fail, IBM!) Backup what you can, remove the drive, and with a loaded .22 rifle, toss it into the air outside and shoot it repeatedly before it hits the ground.
She's dead, Jim.
Time for a replacement Maxtor or Western Digital drive.
The reason being is the earlier Deathstars didn 't use fluid barring and grinding alot. They only added fluid barrings to the GXP180 but their reputation has been damaged now. Infact their GX120 is THE fastest PATA drive too bad it will be likly to fail more then anyother drive. Even their GXP180 is slower.
So, the Western Digital Caviar SE or the Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9? I have read that the Western Digital is faster, correct?
I thought IBM actually found a flaw in the "deathstar" drives, in fact I am almost certain, they released a firmware fix for it to so they would not keep dying.
Did you download this Kain? Did you install it?
In any case the fix was not popularized enough so no one knows about it.
There is a link
Okay, I just installed that firmware and everything seems normal right now.
The problem Kain is that the damage may already be done, and simply manifest itself at a later time.
IMO IBM was very irresponsible not to popularize the fix, but they saw it as a way that people would think their products were poor, so they hushed it up.
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