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By HungryCoyote ·
For a while I've been having problems with my HD spinning down for no reason. Right away, it spins up, makes a clunk noise, reads, and the computer locks up.
I'm using Win98se, the MB is an Asus P3B-F, BIOS rev 1006, and the HD is a Quantum LM20.6, I've had two different drives do this, and I've checked Quantum's page. All power management is disabled, yet it still does this. I've tried new cables, changing the drive setup, nothing has helped.

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by Haissam In reply to HD Spinning down.

You could try checking the voltage on the power cable that feeds the HDD.
On a second thought, are you sure BIOS power management is off?

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by HungryCoyote In reply to HD Spinning down.

I may check this anyway, but it doesn't seem to be the problem. I've resorted the cables inside the case, and it's been fine so far.
Lots of good answers here, there needs to be a way to assign points better than 100% / 50%, since it's almost the same as giving all points or no points.

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by techrepublic In reply to HD Spinning down.

If two completely different (yet identical)drives have the same symptoms, it is very unlikely the problem is the drive itself (but never rule out the possiblity)! Make sure all power management in CMOS is disabled. Boot the system in "Safe Mode" orto the "Command Prompt" to see if the problem persists. If so, it is possible the drive(s) are the problem. Try a different drive manufacturer as a test if possible. If not, Windows 98 is likely the cause.

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by HungryCoyote In reply to HD Spinning down.

Most of this stuff was disabled already, and occasionally the drive would do it's little trick right at power up. So I don't really think it's 98 at fault

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by Berserker In reply to HD Spinning down.

Have you check with your Windows Power Management, sometimes your BIOS doesn't comply with the power management of your operating system. Make sure that you disable the option of "Allows Windows to manage the power use on this Computer" and at the disk drive tab to uncheck Windows to disabe it to power down your hard disk at the Control Panel\Power.

Flash your BIOS with the latest version if you found out that it is relatd to the BIOS from your Asus website.
If the problem still happens, buy a new motherboard.

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by HungryCoyote In reply to HD Spinning down.

Disabled power management entirely.
There was a new BIOS, but it didn't have any of the fixes.

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by Mogge In reply to HD Spinning down.

Let Quantum replace your harddrive..

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by HungryCoyote In reply to HD Spinning down.

I don't really think it was the drive at fault.
Two different HD's and both have the same problem. Although it's possible both are defective..

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by MrWonderful In reply to HD Spinning down.

It is probably your IDE circuitry or the IDE plug on the motherboard or the BIOS settings for that channel are bad. That's if you have the IDE plugs "integrated" on the motherboard. Or, if your drives data cables go to an IDE card, same thing, buton the card, or possibly the slot the card is in.

If you have two IDE channels (2 plugs) you can try to switch to the other one.

Also, you could have a slave/master problem - the drive is jumpered as one but the cabling requires the other. Easy enough to re-jumper and try it that way - if you kept the doc.

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by HungryCoyote In reply to HD Spinning down.

This could also be what fixed it. I also recall reading somewhere that the ATA/66 cable is set up as cable select, so I've put the drive in that setting, and so far it's run fine.

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