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post #11 of 19
He said it started to work fine but then started having problems again. Only check disk was run when connected to a different computer which only reports bad sectors. If the drive is simply dying then nothing would show out of place in check disk. The drive would just simply stop working.
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post #12 of 19
Its the HDD, the same thing just happened to me.
post #13 of 19
I agree that it is probably the HDD but it could be the mb as well. Test the system with a known good HDD and you'll have your answer.
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post #14 of 19
Either the HDD, cable or motherboard (controller or port). Maybe a bad driver (not likely).

You can use Seatools to check the drive also.
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post #15 of 19
Well, you can get another hard drive off of Ebay for dirt cheap. I just slapped an 80G in my kids computer and it was maybe $20 to $25.
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post #16 of 19
How much did you test the HD? Try loading an OS onto it, and booting into the OS a few times. If it fails to be recognized then its the HD.

You can test the MB the same way, just use a HD you know is working fine and if it gives you problems it might be the motherboard, although I'd also check SATA cables and/or try plugging the HD (test one) into other ports. (That is, if the MB gives you problems).


Also have you reset the BIOS recently? On a friends computer, resetting their HP motherboard (er BIOS) made the BIOS to set the HD connection type (not what it was called but it escapes my memory...) from IDE to AHCI. Reseting it back to IDE helped solve their problems.

Hope this helps.
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post #17 of 19
Try taking your brothers hard drive and get it to boot in his motherboard. That way you have an idea if its the motherboard or not
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post #18 of 19
use a working hdd in your mom's pc, to make sure

I like the port suggestion, at least we get some diversity

My call is going to be unreliable power, psu or wall
    
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post #19 of 19
I've been at this 30 years, and I've seen this many times.

It's the HDD.

They can exhibit intermittent behavior like this, pass every test and still be the problem.

When you move the drive, you may be "helping".

It could be cables, it could be the connectors on the motherboard, so it's valid to propose trying switched version.

What I have found is that the contacts between the drive's control board and the drive's housing get covered with gunk, compromising the contacts. The control board "hangs" trying to control the drive.

I've recovered dozens of drives by removing the control board, cleaning the contacts on the control board and the house, then re-seating the control board.

Two in my current machine required this 8 months ago. They had similar symptoms, but have been flawless once cleaned.

I've seen this in about 1/3 of the drive's I've owned since the modern construction of IDE drives.
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