Maxtor 250GB hard drive problem


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Impmon

Got this one for free since it "doesn't work" according to previous
owner. I plugged it in and all I got was repeating "twang...
twang..." noise. BIOS does not find the hard drive and some heavy
duty diagnostic software failed to find it as well. Including
Maxtor's own software. Mfg date is April 2004 so warranty expired.

Busted logic board?
 
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Rod Speed

Impmon said:
Got this one for free since it "doesn't work" according to previous owner.
I plugged it in and all I got was repeating "twang... twang..." noise.
That is very likely the drive recalibrating and never being able to read the platters.
BIOS does not find the hard drive and some heavy duty diagnostic
software failed to find it as well. Including Maxtor's own software.
Because the drive cant start for some reason.
Mfg date is April 2004 so warranty expired.
You sure it only had one year ?
Busted logic board?
Most likely. Not always tho, there may not be
any connection to the heads anymore etc.
 
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Arno Wagner

Previously Impmon said:
Got this one for free since it "doesn't work" according to previous
owner. I plugged it in and all I got was repeating "twang...
twang..." noise. BIOS does not find the hard drive and some heavy
duty diagnostic software failed to find it as well. Including
Maxtor's own software. Mfg date is April 2004 so warranty expired.
Busted logic board?
Complete waste of time to try to repair this....

Arno
 
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Impmon

You sure it only had one year ?
One year and 3 months apparantly. I checked with Maxtor for warrantly
and entered the drive serial number and it was reported expired. Used
to be they offered 3 years but oh well...
Most likely. Not always tho, there may not be
any connection to the heads anymore etc.
Probably not worth fixing without knowing where the problem actually
is. If I could find an M-80 I could blow em up >=)
 
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Odie Ferrous

Impmon said:
Got this one for free since it "doesn't work" according to previous
owner. I plugged it in and all I got was repeating "twang...
twang..." noise. BIOS does not find the hard drive and some heavy
duty diagnostic software failed to find it as well. Including
Maxtor's own software. Mfg date is April 2004 so warranty expired.

Busted logic board?
Most likely the heads have failed - assuming your "twang" is more like a
"click" - if you could post a link to a recording I could tell you what
was wrong with it.

It *is* recoverable - but forget about repairing it for future use -
absolute waste of time.


Odie
 
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JohnH

Odie Ferrous said:
Most likely the heads have failed - assuming your "twang" is more like a
"click" - if you could post a link to a recording I could tell you what was
wrong with it.

It *is* recoverable - but forget about repairing it for future use -
absolute waste of time.
You have no idea what is wrong with it but you already know for sure
that it *is* recoverable.

It's obvious who (the entrepeneur or the specialist) is speaking here (and it's not the specialist).
 
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Odie Ferrous

JohnH said:
You have no idea what is wrong with it but you already know for sure
that it *is* recoverable.

It's obvious who (the entrepeneur or the specialist) is speaking here (and it's not the specialist).

What's your problem? The overwhelming majority of failures with Maxtor
drives are recoverable. Unlike Toshiba, some symptoms with Fujitsu,
certain problems with Hitachi, ditto Samsung, etc.

How many recoveries do you perform each day? Do you actually know
anything about data recovery?

Please back up your ludicrous statement with some evidence. Otherwise
keep your trap shut. You've dropped yourself in it by making a sweeping
statement that a Maxtor drive is not recoverable. You clearly have
absolutely no idea whatsoever.



Odie
 
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Impmon

Most likely the heads have failed - assuming your "twang" is more like a
"click" - if you could post a link to a recording I could tell you what
was wrong with it.
Defiantly not "click" but more like broken spring sounding "twang"

I'm not worried about recovery. The previous owner did regular backup
and didn't lose anything more than a couple hours from last backup
set. All I wanted was to see if it's practical to fix this rather
than spend $100 or so for a new 250 GB.
 
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Arno Wagner

Previously Impmon said:
On Sat, 21 Oct 2006 12:18:55 +0100, Odie Ferrous
Defiantly not "click" but more like broken spring sounding "twang"
I'm not worried about recovery. The previous owner did regular backup
and didn't lose anything more than a couple hours from last backup
set. All I wanted was to see if it's practical to fix this rather
than spend $100 or so for a new 250 GB.
It is not. Actually repairing a HDD with _any_ kind of
problem is not worth the effort unless you want the data.
The disk should still be discarded afterwards. More cost
effective to get a $5/hour job and pay for a new disk.

Arno
 
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John Turco

Odie said:
JohnH wrote:



What's your problem? The overwhelming majority of failures with Maxtor
drives are recoverable. Unlike Toshiba, some symptoms with Fujitsu,
certain problems with Hitachi, ditto Samsung, etc.

How many recoveries do you perform each day? Do you actually know
anything about data recovery?

Please back up your ludicrous statement with some evidence. Otherwise
keep your trap shut. You've dropped yourself in it by making a sweeping
statement that a Maxtor drive is not recoverable. You clearly have
absolutely no idea whatsoever.

Odie

Hello, Duncan:

I'm shocked at you! Can't you even recognize your old sparring partner,
Folkert Rienstra? ;-)


Cordially,
John Turco <jtur@concentric.net>
 
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