I've had weird problems with my hard drive lately (Quantum Fireball AS 30Gb). I experienced random crashes on various OS (mandrake 9.2, windows 98 se, windows 2000 pro). It runs fine for a while and then when I'm listening to music or moving a file or else, the hard disk makes a few faint clicking noises, the led stays on for a bit then shuts off and the drive is not accessible anymore. Mouse work for a bit then everything freezes. When trying to recover from it in Mandrake (trying to shut the X-server, unmounting etc.) I get the following errors:
end_request: I/O error, cmd 1 dev 03:08 (hda), sector 4064
end_request: I/O error, cmd 1 dev 03:06 (hda), sector 7552
Then I have to cold reboot otherwise the hard drive is not recognized anymore. After a cold boot it is recognized perfectly... until the next crash.
I dont't have any apparent hardware conflicts in windows 2000 or in linux.
I ran the utility test from Maxtor and it found no errors on the drive, I (low level) formatted the drive several times, I checked the connections and they seem fine. I haven't tried new IDE cables yet though.
I can run checkdisk in win 2000 without problem, I can do the same on my linux partition (fsck does not find anything wrong).
Since it happened for various OS, I'm thinking it would be hardware related.
Other info: My AMI bios is up-to-date and all the settings are according to mobo and HD recommendations, the temperature of CPU is fine, everything else seems fine too (all hardware is recognized).
COuld it be a bad IDE controller, the mobo failing, RAM issues, power supply?
Thanks for any help/tips/suggestions!
My (cheap) config is:
Asrock K7Vm2 (integrated sound, LAN, Video)
384MB DDR 266
Quantum Fireball AS 30Gb (primary IDE)
LG GCE 8520B CDRW (secondary IDE)
Mandrake 9.2 (10Gb)/Windows 2000 (20gb)