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By tonyer24 ·
hello!

in my hands come strange hdd "ExcelStor J680" 80gb drive. strange because it's losing patrition sometimes, sometimes in BiOS it's shown only as $$$$$$$$ $$$$$ $$$$$$$$$ insted of it's name & sometimes pc wont boot at all.
so i pluget it in to my pc to check it and nothing, no bad sectors, all parametrs normal [read, write, spintime andsomore]. then i unpluged it & start again but my own hdd "wdc wd1200jb-00dua3" also shown me "the dollar signs"! now it again works fine, but i'm woried about it's health.
wher's the problem, wath can i do. is it broken drive or something else?
Tnx.

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by mjd420nova In reply to HDD gone wild

It sounds like the controller card has become
intermittent, sometimes resetting on power up,
and sometimes not. It is going down hill, time to be sure you have it backed up, or it may
stop altogether before you get it done.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to HDD gone wild

Two things can cause this to happen the first is a Bad Power Supply and the other is the IDE HDD Controller.

If the PS 5 V DC Rail is going low you'll get this problem and if the Controller is going bad you'll get the same thing. Of course if it's the IDE Controller that means a new M'Board unless you have a very old system with a plug in IO Card.

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by tonyer24 In reply to

Tnx again!

so how to workout, wath is causing this! is there something that can test my m'bord controller?
else i thinh it's the powersuply! i hawe 300w on a Shuttle av49n[s478]+i'celeron2ghz with 3hdd and dvd-rw and 6600gt + soungcard.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to HDD gone wild

For startersd you can take a Multi Meter and test the power output of the PS at one of the HDD plugs they shoulod be 12 V DC on the Yellow & next Black and 5 V DC on the Red and next Black.

If they are out then change the PS. You should also check these while the rest of the device are pluged in but if you have to disconect one device you can maybe one of the HDD's in this case then power up the system and allow it to boot and then check the voltages once things have stablised. If the PS comes up as OK you'll then need to do some diagnosstic work and the best way to do this is to download The Ultimate Boot CD from

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

Boot from this and do some HDD tests with the built in HDD testing utilities. If you get an error message on a known good drive you will know that the IDE controller built onto the M'Board is going bad. I don't know if this helps but I've had a lot of these go off when the PS has a low 5 V DC rail and while they don't fail imediatly you'll start getting random error messages on generally Optical Drives and once this happens it's only a matter of time before the IDE Controller fails so if it's UG return it for replacment ASAP.

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