I am not sure if this has been asked already, but it is a pretty unique problem, so I doubt it. Anyway, before I get to the problem, here are my specs:
Asus K8V SE Deluxe
Amd 64 3200+
Nvidia GeForce 6800 AGP
1 Western Digital 10gb IDE 5400 RPM (windows was installed on this, but it crashed)
1 Western Digital SATA 34GB Raptor (windows installed currently)
1 Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3250823AS 250GB SATA
1 Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB IDE Ultra ATA100
1 Maxtor 250 GB 7200 RPM IDE
1 Maxtor 200 GB 7200 RPM IDE
1 GB Corsair XMS PC3200 DDR Ram
Thermaltake 430W PSU
Now, before you say "Wow, thats a lot of hard drives," three of them crashed on me in the past week. The problem started like this:
Last weekend I was downloading a patch for World of Warcraft to the Maxtor 200 GB, which at the time was connected to an external usb 2.0 case enclosure, with the intention of playing the game after it was finished.
Since the patch was 359 MB, the download took a bit so I decided to listen to some music from that same hard drive. I clicked on a song and I got an error message saying "Cannot read: (forget the name).mp3." I knew this was fishy because I had listened to the same song earlier in the day. I tried another song, same thing. In addition, the patch download stopped and gave me an error of "Cannot write to disk," or something along those lines.
At this point the computer completely froze and I was forced to restart. Upon returning to Windows Xp, when I tried to access the drive, it reported an error of "The disk drive F is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" I chose 'No' because I knew there was data on it! When looking at the properties of the drive, it reports the file system as being "RAW," with 0 bytes used or free. I bit the bullet and accepted that my hard drive had crashed.
This problem has happened to me before, so I knew to use my Winterals (ERD Commander) to recover the data. I scanned the drive and successfully recovered 99% of the data to the 320 gb Western Digital Cavier.
Everything was running fine until yesterday. I bought the Seagate 250 gb SATA 150 to replace my 200 GB Maxtor that had crashed on me. So I shut down the computer, in hopes of installing my new hard drive. I connected it to computer and everything was set to go. I powered on the computer and heard this clicking noise and noticed that my computer was froze at my bios screen. By process of elimination, I found that it was my 10 gb Western Digital hard drive, which at the time had my Windows Xp installation.
At this point my temper went through the roof, so I calmly proceeded to take the 10 gb hard drive, opened my front door and threw it into the street. After getting back to my computer, I figured I could use the Western Digital Raptor to install windows on, since it would probably significantly improve my performance (Great, maybe this would turn into a positive experience).
I turned the computer back on today and noticed that it was freezing at the bios screen again. I did a quick check to make sure everything was plugged in... it was. I disabled the "full screen logo" for the bios, so I can see exactly where it was stopping. Well, it was detecting my 320 GB hard drive, but stopping right after that. So I disconnected that drive and it proceeded to the windows installation. I successfully installed windows EXTREMELY fast on the raptor drive, got all my drivers installed, and proceeded to see what was wrong with the stupid 320 gb hard drive.
I plugged it into my USB 2.0 enclosure, windows detected it and I figured that everything would be OK. Well, I was wrong, DEAD WRONG. I went to access the hard drive and received the following error: "The disk drive G is not formatted. Would you like to format it now?" Same as the origianl hard drive crash.
So thats three hard drives lost in a matter of 7 days. I don't "abuse" my computer in any way. I leave it on 24/7, but have the hard disks set to turn off at 20 minutes after being idle. Do you have ANY possible idea of what can be wrong or anything that I can possibly try? I am at my fingertips even writing this post because I am afraid that I'll lose the current hard drives that are working (34 gb raptor, 250 gb sata, 200 gb maxtor). I would appreciate any help or tips of what I can try. Thank you for your time and support.