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09-08-2000, 06:27 AM
I experienced IDE Controller failure, but this made my harddisk sounds "dada...". Does anyone know why?

Charles Kozierok
09-08-2000, 08:43 AM
Please provide more information about your system and the history of the problem, such as when it started, or if anything changed before the problem arose, etc. We need more information to be able to help you.

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09-08-2000, 04:24 PM
Can you explain "da da" sounds?

Has anything changed on your computer did you add new hardware?

09-10-2000, 06:16 AM
Thanks for reply.
The first time I found the problem is when I was using the computer, suddenly it freezed, and the disk sounded dada..., it seemed that the disk was keeping running to find data. After a while, system returned "system can not write data to the disk."
I put the disk to another computer, and I found the disk is OK.
Now I am sure the problem is because the primary IDE controller is gone bad. I connected the disk to secondary IDE controller, and no device connected to primary IDE controller. The system is running fine.
The question is I am not so sure whether the disk is got some bad sector. I already ran the ultility provided by IBM, by the way my disk is IBM Ultra ATA/66. After it checked everything, it said my disk is fine, no problem is found.
I am still wondering why the bad IDE controller can make disk sound dada... and can that sound do anything harm to the disk.

Charles Kozierok
09-10-2000, 09:21 AM
Thanks for the much more thorough explanation. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
I can't tell you anything about "dada" because I don't really know what that sounds like, only you do. Trying to describe hard disk sounds in words is like trying to explain to someone what a hamburger tastes like. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
If the drive is working OK now, if it passes thorough scandisk checks and is operating corectly, it could be that the IDE controller fried somehow. I've never heard of this happening before but that doesn't mean anything. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif Maybe the drive is being sent bogus commands.
I'd make sure you have the drive backed up though.

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Paleo Pete
09-12-2000, 12:48 AM
When a hard drive makes any unusual noises, I worry...Boot to a Win95 or 98 start up disk (whichever is correct for your version of Windows), or use the F8 key and choose Command Prompt Only and run scandisk, see if it finds any errors. I use this command line to run an unattended scandisk, so I don't have to sit there and hit [Enter] every time it finds an error and wants to know if I want to fix it...

scandisk c: /autofix /nosummary /surface

/autofix is self explanatory. /nosummary gets rid of the pop up prompt asking whether to fix errors, /surface tells it to run a surface scan as well.
Make sure to put in the spaces before c and before each /. They must be there.
After scandisk, reboot to Windows and run defrag, and turn off everything in the background so it won't constantly restart. [Ctrl] [Alt] [Del] will show what's running. Leave Explorer and Systray, rundll/rundll32 if it's there, and rnaapp. Everything else can go, and actually everything but Explorer and Systray can be turned off, the computer will still run.

If you had everything...Where would you put it?

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