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hard drive having problems writing files

By ravenjy
Sep 19, 2004
  1. something is wrong with my drive lately. it all started one day when i got this message while booting my pc. "drive 1 on primary eide controller is operating outside of normal specifications". now i dont see this message anymore but when i write new files to that drive, they become corrupt.

    i am using windows xp pro sp1 and its a wd 180 gig hdd.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Check in your BIOS for the settings of that drive. It should have LBA enabled.
    Also, your BIOS might not be able to handle such a big drive (might go over the 1024 sector boundary), look for a BIOS-update from the motherboards manufacturer that may deal with this problem.
     
  3. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

  4. ravenjy

    ravenjy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    nic i dl'ed that tool and it says pass
     
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Please give us the make and exact model of your harddisk, its jumper-settings (master or slave or cable-select), as well as all the entries you find in your BIOS for that disk.
     
  6. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Also, check all hard drive cables (remove/refit).
     
  7. ravenjy

    ravenjy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    realblackstuff, model is WDC WD1800JB, its on cable select and ill check what the bios has to say.

    nic, i already did that.
     
  8. ravenjy

    ravenjy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    this is what the bios says

    primary drive 1 .... hard drive

    drive type ... auto
    capacity ... 180 gb

    realblackstuff, to answer your question. ive had this drive for over a year and it worked without any problems so its not the bios not being able to handle it. so instead of auto, it should be LBA?
     
  9. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 157

    You say drive 1 is giving the problems, do you have a drive 0 attached to the same cable ?
     
  10. ravenjy

    ravenjy TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    yes shiney, i have 2 drives attached to the same cable
     
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