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Originally Posted by DFI Street
Greetings all... I have returned!! I had to make a grand entrance on the 100 post
I have finally put my entire DFI nF4 + Maxtor situation into perspective... Originally, I had a DiamondMax 6B300S0 with BANC1B70. That combination wasn't good at all. Sometimes my PC would hang while detecting the drive at bootup, sometimes I would get the "Windows is checking for inconsistency" message, sometimes the PC would lock-up in the middle of booting (near the Windows XP logo), and sometimes I would just experience random crashes/lock-ups. So I dealt with Maxtor tech support and went through 2 firmware upgrades. The second upgrade (to BANC1E00) seemed to fix the problem for the most part, but I still had occassional issues. As it turned out, my new Maxtor hard drive had bad sectors. I guess that's what made it so hard to troubleshoot. Anyways, I convinced Maxtor there was an issue with stock 6B300S0 drives running stock firmware (at least at that time), so they swapped it out for a brand new MaXLine 7B300S0. The stock firmware on it was BANC1E00 (and to this day, it is still the newest firmware). I haven't had any problems with the new drive. I can't say with 100% certainty if it was incompatible hardware or just incompatible firmware with the first drive. Maxtor says the DiamondMax and MaXLine are hardware identical and the only difference is the 3 year warranty vs. the 5 year warranty. So what I would suggest to anyone having problems, would be to first upgrade to firmware BANC1E00... if that doesn't work... see if Maxtor will swap it out with a MaxLine drive (they did it for me). BTW, I always stay up to date with the latest Motherboard firmware also (just in case something strange was going on there, too).
I apologize for not returning some of your Private Messages... I have been busy lately (troubleshooting other stuff). I have an e-mail address for Maxtor tech support. You can e-mail this guy and he will send you the newest firmware (still currently BANC1E00)... Here is the address... XXeurotech_assistanceXX@XXmaxtor.comXX (you must remove all 8 X's, I did that to help prevent bots)
Hopefully this post has helped someone... If you are still having problems after the latest firmware and possibly the MaxLine series, your problem may lie elsewere...