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HD failures on 2 new HD's, EIDE & SATA drives

By zer0efx
Jun 19, 2006
  1. Ok.. So I've been having HD problems for a long time now. And it has all started right before I got my new SATA drive, which prompted the purchase.

    After purchasing the drive, its been a hell hole. My new SATA drive now errors out in the middle of doing something. It will start freezing up, when accessing the drive, then a minute later it will start working agian, but now it will completely disappear from my drive list while inside windows.

    On top of that, I purchased a new EIDE 250 GIG drive and used it as my primary. This morning I downloaded Adobe PS CS2. Installed it. Restarted my computer. Opened photoshop, and it said my 30 day evaluation is over!!!!! HOW! How in the world can it know that on a FRESH HD? This is the first time this HD has seen Photoshop.

    So I've got:
    EIDIE 250 GIG 100MB/s 8MB Cache 7200RPM
    WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
    EIDE 120 GIG 7200RPM Samsung HD

    I didnt install any special drivers, all I had to do was turn a switch in my bios setting and it reconized.

    Could my mobo be going bad? Processor? Is there something that will test all my components for errors? (I dont think my Sata drive will even stay reconized long enough) Does overhearing cause this? It feels a little hot, but theres 7 fans in there and my side panel is off.

    Another thing I noticed, was that sometimes when I would restart, it would tell me my Radeon 9800 Pro wasnt plugged in. But it is. I even push it in and it still says it. I unplug it and plug it back in, then it will start to work again!

    Possibly my Power Supply? I'm running a 350 WATT. Do I need more power now that I'm running 3 HD's, 9800 Pro (better one soon), DVD-RW, DVD-Drive, and the other stuff?

    I looked at my event viewer and here are the errors and warnings it recorded:

    And just noticed on a restart that it said my RAM timing was "too Tightly"... I dont know how to mess with that at all.

    Is my system on its last leg?

    Thanks for any advice! It is truley appreciated!!!!
  2. Shawn2k5

    Shawn2k5 TS Rookie Posts: 40

    RAM settings set too tight refers to what your ram timings are... something like...2-3-3-6... If its saying that maybe you should loosen them up by setting them higher. However I don't mess with ram settings too much so someone else has gotta help you out on that one.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Yo might want ot try resetting your bios to default settings that might solve your problem.
  4. zer0efx

    zer0efx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found the problem with the HD's
    I needed a bigger PSU as my old 350watt wasnt enough power and my machine was overheating.

    As to the RAm, I've gone and set the timings to default.

    Thanks for the help!
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