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Old 11-20-02, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Help me with my clunking hard drive!

I'am having problems with my Maxtor hard drive (6L060J3) 55Gb. It is less than 6 months old and when booting to the WinXP loading screen (the one with the moving bar) it clunks and then fails to load XP (the bar just keeps scrolling but the desktop can't load!). then sometimes i will be doing something i don't seem to matter what then the damn thing clunks again. The drive then trys to spin up but stalls and then the desktop hangs and i have to reset. I don't think this is heat/stress related as it happens overclocked or not i've gone through lots of IDE cables and the only thing that helps is to almost pull the cable out (but then sometimes it ain't detected at startup!). The drive is set as primary master it also shares a cable with a Western Digital (WD102AA) 10Gb set as primary slave. I have all the latest 4'n'1's Installed and the latest KT7A bios (A9). Anyone know what the problem might be? hope someone can help. Cheers
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Old 11-21-02, 08:34 AM   #2
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Dont buy Maxtor drives, thats what the problem is.

They are loud, shoddy p.o.s. harddrives that tend to die a lot.
At least, that is my opinion on them. Stick to western digital... And RMA the Maxtor. If its making a clunking noise thats never a good thing, and settings in your hardware arent going to fix the mechanical components of your drive.
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Old 11-21-02, 08:39 AM   #3
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I agree that thing is toast. There's no fix for it except RMA if you still can.
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Old 11-21-02, 11:25 AM   #4
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Dont buy Maxtor drives, thats what the problem is.

They are loud, shoddy p.o.s. harddrives that tend to die a lot.
At least, that is my opinion on them. Stick to western digital... And RMA the Maxtor. If its making a clunking noise thats never a good thing, and settings in your hardware arent going to fix the mechanical components of your drive.
I dont know where you get the idea Maxtor drives are pos? Maxtor hard drives are up there as the best and most reliable! Maxtor drives are generally NOT loud drives and last along time, mine is still going strong after 3 years without a hitch. I just hate it went people speak crap on a forum and expect people to believe them.
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Old 11-21-02, 02:08 PM   #5
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Maxtor, noisy ? Seesh, first time I got a recent one last year (not counting my old 2GB drive on my P166 , which is still up and running BTW), I had to double check to be sure the thing was actually spinning.

OTOH, the twin 20GB Western Digitals currently housed into my FTP tend to be the most noisy of all.
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It could very well be a loose or bad power connection.

Try plugging a different a different power cable into it and see what happens.
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Old 11-21-02, 03:03 PM   #7
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Seem to have fixed it (by swapping the power leads over!! go figure?). Thanks for all the help.(It seems that Starscream is the true leader of the decepticons but.....Beware Galvatron!!)
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Speak crap? If you think Maxtor harddrives are good, you probably havent ever used a real harddrive. I have had 4 Maxtors and all of them have died within a year.

They are CompUSA special brand garbage.

One mans junk is another mans treasure I spose though.
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Old 11-21-02, 06:01 PM   #9
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Maxtor, noisy ? Seesh, first time I got a recent one last year (not counting my old 2GB drive on my P166 , which is still up and running BTW), I had to double check to be sure the thing was actually spinning.

OTOH, the twin 20GB Western Digitals currently housed into my FTP tend to be the most noisy of all.
I have a 13 gig WD, and I hear ya, but I highly doubt their new stuff is anything like their old stuff.

On the other hand, I know lots of people with compalints against Maxtor....all of them seem to have the same problem (dying within a year)

Me, I'll just stick with Seagate until they piss me off.
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One mans junk is another mans treasure I spose though.
Well, IBM 60GXP drives are supposed to be the lowest junk ever released on the market, I still own six of them and one has yet to fail on me as of today (one year + and quite a bit of stress is put on them everyday).

Maybe I'm just lucky, or I veered around the bad series.
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Old 11-22-02, 12:16 PM   #11
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Well, I have a 10GB maxtor that has had a few bad sectors and a 30GB maxtor that sometimes has trouble starting up...beeps a few times and then everything is good. So they're dying but not dead!
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I have had 4 Maxtors and all of them have died within a year.
They are CompUSA special brand garbage.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret...

"CompUSA special brand garbage" = REFURB!!!!

Every Maxtor drive I've bought, used for myself, or installed in client systems over the past 5-6 years are still working today - regardless of them being OEM or Retail drives (the OEM drives I usually bought were from SkyTech/Star Computers out of Detroit and the retail drives I nabbed from my local Staples).

Great drives. However, I'll be going WD Special Edition from here on out because of the 8MB cache and 3-year warranty.
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