I have a problem on my PC that keeps coming back... quite a deadly one too...
I have replaced the hard drive 3 times now, and each one has failed after about a month of use. Two of them were bought at the same time, and same model numbers (40gb) while the other was bought a bit later (120gb). They are quite respected manufacturers too, Maxtor and ...erm well I did know it... it's a respected manufacturer though.
I am sure we are not just having bad luck with the hard drives, and what makes things worse is the fact that the 4th hard drive is now showing signs of failing...
Now, each hard drive got a new windows installed, and all the back up files placed on it... well the ones that I backed up before hand, like documents. All computers were well protected too with new updates and virus, Spyware protection (none on all the drives)
The first two failed completey in the space of 3 weeks of each other, with them not booting up. It said that it couldn't find a drive, even though it was plugged in (a guy said one of the chips had died), and the 3rd one to go came up with "corrupted files" here and there. But going into DOS with a bootdisc tells me that no files are on the drive... and so are not accessable (using dir command). The hard drives are not getting too hot either, as they are well cooled...
Might help to say that the first two drives were in a caddy connected, which we switched hard drives around after use. But the 3rd one, we connected inside the computer on it's own, and still, the same thing happened about a month later!
It is getting a bit tiresome now and even though I am getting a new machine, I'd like to build the old one into a second PC. Could it be the motherboard frying them? Power supply? Even though, if it was the powersupply wouldn't other components fail as well?
Hope you can help
Sorry about the long post... again