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Hard drive sometimes fails to spin up

by rgh05s / November 9, 2005 9:18 PM PST

IDE drive with ATA controller. On bootup drive does not always spin up. Sometimes get 1 beep 3 or 4 times then reverts to bootup from secondary drive.
Always spins up eventually.

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Sometimes temperature
by Steven Haninger / November 9, 2005 9:21 PM PST

How cold is it in the room your PC is in? I had this happen once with a PC in a basement room in winter that got below 60 f. How old is the drive? If it's under warranty, I would try to save the data and get it replaced ASAP.

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by rgh05s / November 9, 2005 9:25 PM PST
In reply to: Sometimes temperature

living area temperature. Drive is 6 yrs old. Been doing this for quite a while. Drive always works eventually. Could it be controller?

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The 5 year issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2005 9:35 PM PST
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If you read the maker's web sites you find they claim 5 year lifespans. While we get better than that, it is time to review my reply and run that DRIVE FITNESS TEST to see if it has an issue.


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5 yr issue
by rgh05s / November 9, 2005 10:09 PM PST
In reply to: The 5 year issue.


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2005 9:24 PM PST

1. The BIOS does not have a delay for drive spinup feature.

2. The power supply is overtaxed.

3. The drive is failing. Run a DRIVE FITNESS TEST to see if that's the case.


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