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Luke



Joined: 04 Jun 2006
Posts: 23
Location: Poland

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Maybe someone here will help...

Drive at start don't propetly.
When it don't work propetly I can't boot from it and I can't run some files from it
('Data error reading...') but I can dir directories and acces them.

I have done all tests by SpeedStor utility (including various media analise tests), and low level formated.
I made partition and formatted it. Still no bad sectors.
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ryan



Joined: 19 Apr 2006
Posts: 261
Location: WisConSin

PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:08 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That can be caused by one of two things
1. You MUST park your hard drive (and your not)
2. Your hard drive is tired or suffering from minor stiction and needs to heat up before it will operate reliably.

If you have a problem with the drive even when it is properly parked. Your best bet is to boot off a floppy disk with a disk parking utility.

Access the C: drive once booted it may give garbage then run the disk parking utility and reboot using the C: drive (not the floppy this time).

Your machine should run OK after that. If not repeat until it does, some worn hard drives need to warm up 5-10 minutes before they will work properly.

Good Luck
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Luke



Joined: 04 Jun 2006
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Location: Poland

PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 6:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I forgotten to say, that after 'warm up' drive is 100% OK.
I have tried parking, and reebooting but this help only for ~20 mins after shuting down the computer.
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ryan



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yep, your drive is "tired"

There is NOTHING that can be done within reason except live with the problem.

The cause is that the drive is getting "Sticky" hence sticktion and needs to warm up enough so the old grease allows the platter to spin at its rated speed. What will eventually happen is the drive will become stuck and not spin up without help.

Sorry but there aren't many good solutions to sticktion
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Erik



Joined: 28 Feb 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 2:01 am Reply with quoteBack to top

That's basically what happened to my 2 MFM drives. The one I can get started if I manually spin it and then turn the computer on. The other one? A big heavey paper weight.

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