i've just started to use a new Maxtor HD:
it's a Maxtor 6Y160P0
this is a DiamondMax Plus 9 series drive, Parallel ATA/133, 160MB, 8 MB cache, Fluid Dynamics Bearing motor.
the drive is hooked up on a Siig PCI ATA controller card.
the drive is being used as a backup drive. it's idle most of the time.
i've had a few lockups when using the drive.
the first time was when i copied data to it from another HD using MaxBlast (the Maxtor HD installation utility) - a few gigs.
another couple of times when trying to copy a few gigs of data to the new HD using Windows Explorer.
another few (2-3) times during a compare operation using CDCheck (again a few gigs).
once during a defrag of this hd.
the computer locks up - absolutely no activity, no response from mouse, keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, nothing. used the reset switch.
the data appears to be intact. (the drive is used to mirror data with another HD, comparing with CDCheck the data is indeed there and identical).
what could be the cause of this ?
i've never had such a thing. i'm certain the lockups are related to the HD activity, not caused by something else. like i said the lockups are very well correlated with those HD actions i took.
i don't know if it's relevant, but the drive makes (relatively to other dirves) very loud noise while working (rant
). i'd thought these are normal seek noises, but if so they'er much stronger than anything i've heard from my old IBM DeskStar (system and main data drive, most in use), the Western Digital Caviar 200BB (old 20GB drive that was replaced by this Maxtor) or the Seagate drives i've recently installed (but hardly used yet).