[OT] Troubleshooting ATA Drives..

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 23:12:23 CST 2005


On Wed, 9 Mar 2005 23:32:29 -0500 (EST), der Mouse
<mouse at rodents.montreal.qc.ca> wrote:
> For that matter, I'm in a similar situation: I have a Maxtor which
> reports itself as having 0 heads, 0 sectors/track, and 0 cylinders; if
> I had an identical drive, I'd try swapping boards, but I don't.

Board swapping is unlikely to help.  Unlike classic drives, modern
drives put their internal 'firmware' (more like DECmate 'slushware')
on factory tracks.  Maxtors are prone to amnesia when they can't read
those factory tracks, or the data on them has been corrupted.  The
drive geometry, etc., is _not_ stored in the board.

I have an 80 GB drive sitting on a bench in Palmerston North, NZ,
because of this problem...

-ethan



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