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Solving hard drive problems

Table 6-4
Hard drive problems
Problem
Hard drive error occurs.
Disk transaction problem.
Drive not found (identified).
ENWW
Cause
Hard disk has bad sectors or
has failed.
The directory structure is bad,
or there is a problem with a
file.
Improper cable connection
Improperly seated hard drive
The system might not have
automatically recognized a
newly installed device.
Drive responds slowly
immediately after power-up.
Solution
Locate and block the usage of bad sectors. If necessary,
reformat the hard disk.
If the drive is detected by the BIOS, run DPS Self-test.
1.
Right-click Start, select Explore, and select a drive.
2.
Select File>Properties>Tools.
3.
Under Error-checking, select Check Now.
On workstations with discreet data and power cables,
ensure that the data and power cables are securely
connected to the hard drive. (See the Hard drive section of
this guide for connection details.)
On systems with blind-mate drive connections, check for
connector damage on the drive and in the chassis.
Reseat the hard drive and its carrier in the chassis to
ensure a proper connection. (See the Hard drive section of
this guide for connection details.)
1.
Run the Computer Setup (F10) Utility.
2.
If the system does not recognize the new device,
verify that the device is listed in the Computer Setup
(F10) Utility.
If it is listed, the probable cause is a driver problem.
If it is not listed, the probable cause is a hardware
problem.
3.
If this drive is newly installed, enter Setup and try
adding a POST delay under Advanced>Power-On.
Run the Computer Setup (F10) utility, and increase the
POST Delay in Advanced>Power-On Options.
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