View Full Version : HD fails to complete spin-up (Seagate 10 Gig IDE)

newton's cat
09-29-2000, 02:59 PM
I have a Seagate Medalist ST310232A drive that does not complete spin-up. It clicks (thunks, rather - causing a noticeable jolt), slows down, speeds up, then clicks again. After doing this several times it stops - then starts the process all over again.

Someone threw it out.

"Throw it away!" I hear you say.

But it's TEN Gigs - and less than a year old!

I have a Maxtor 4 Gig that I also found - it whined like a protesting women, clicked, and did all sorts of "I'm damaged" noises when I tried to install it.

I shook it, gave it a few hard slaps - now it works perfectly.

As for the Seagate - if I gently shake it whilst it's connected to the power supply "thunking" stops - but starts up again when I stop moving it.

No info about the drive is being detected by the computer.

Shall I hit it with a hammer?

Purely as a matter of interest - does anyone know what part of its mechanism is malfunctioning?

Newton's Cat

09-29-2000, 05:44 PM
Well, if you want a learning experience here, why not take it apart and see hwo it functions in there, and see what is broke. You know, since it is not working, can't hurt anything, right?

Joe Redd

Paleo Pete
09-29-2000, 11:50 PM
Hell of a way to learn...but that's about what I'd do. Face it, the drive is dead. When it makes the "thunking" sound you describe, it's history...toast...wigged out...and any of six other cool metaphors you can dream up.

Take it apart, it's dead anyway, and see what makes it tick.

You'll find a couple or 3 shiny metal disks, (generally called platters), a read/write head that looks a bit like a modernized phonograph tone arm, and some fancy looking electronic circuitry. And once you open it you will also have a very cool paperweight!! Something for the neighbors and grandkids to oooohh and aaahh about!

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Charles Kozierok
09-30-2000, 03:54 PM
I think he wanted to figure out how to make the thing work guys. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
I dunno though... I don't think I'd want to use a drive that worked after giving it a "few good whacks" or whatever. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

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Paleo Pete
10-01-2000, 02:12 AM
I know ixl, I know...

Anyway, the point was, the drive seems to be toasted. Any time you have to shake/slap/beat/throw-in-the-freezer or otherwise abuse a drive to make it work, it's time to retire it.

The malfunctioning part that causes it? Probably the read/write head, although in most cases it's not mechanical failure, but either platter damage or the circuit board that gets fried when a drive dies.

Run scandisk form the DOS prompt a few times, at least 5 times...see if it comes up with errors and then more errors, if so it's definitely out of gas. Here's the command line I use so I can start scandisk and let it run unattended:

scandisk c: /autofix /nosummary /surface
This lets scandisk run by itself, no pop up prompts I have to sit there and wait for, and it runs a surface scan too.

scandisk /all /autofix /nosummary /surface will tell scandisk to check all drives, instead of just C. But it won't give you the summary at the end telling you what it did. Leave off the /nosummary if you want to see the results. Or you can open the scandisk log and read all about it.

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