Re: hard drive turns off and then on in a second

Re: hard drive turns off and then on in a second

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Posted by Henry on November 07, 2001 at 16:40:50:

In Reply to: hard drive turns off and then on in a second posted by Rusty Angel on October 24, 2001 at 19:10:46:

: I have a 6.4Gb Quantum Fireball CX drive. It worked well, but suddenly it started to turn off without any understandable reason. Right in the middle of my work!
: It sounds like it's "parking" the head-carrier, then spins down the motor (just like when computer goes on stanby), and then spins up the motor again in second. It keeps repeating this off-on cycle again and again. Turning off the PC helps sometimes, but not always: when I turn the power on, this crap starts immediatelly. Surface is not damaged, no data is lost, but this "DJ HDD" makes me nuts! Please HELP!

Sounds like you could have a heat problem and/or failing HDD electronics. Suggest that you backup ALL data you want to keep ASAP, then try to cool the HDD electronics by blowing on the circuit board with a good fan - not a dinky case fan - you may need to take the HDD out of your computer to do this. If this fixes the problem figure out how to cool the HDD permanently (there are HDD coolers - about $20 USD).

Your electronics may be failing - heat would make it worse. Keep your data backed up and don't be surprised if you lose this HDD.

Try to keep a note of the length of time the HDD runs (from a "cold" start) before it trips out the first time; shorter trip times would suggest a failing HDD.

Some PCs had a problem a few years ago with the second HDD spinning down and not restarting - this was a BIOS problem that was eventually fixed. Keep checking your mainboard maker's web site - update your BIOS (ONLY) if they post a fix for this problem.

Hope some of this helps,

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