If this is a dumb question, I apologize, but it’s something I’ve never come across before, and it’s a bit scary.
I’ve recently installed, on a system with Win98SE and an Abit BX board, a LiteOn LTD 165H DVD-ROM (firmware CHOJ), and haven’t yet updated the firmware or made the drive region-free. Often, but not always (maybe once every three times), when I use a CD in the drive, after ejecting the disk and closing the tray, the red light indicating hard drive activity, instead of (as is usual) flickering briefly and then going out, stays on, and on, and on – there’s no flickering, so it looks like the drive is somehow ‘fully engaged’ in activity. Only rebooting gets things back to normal, but I worry about what’s happening with the hard drive when its led indicator is, as it seems, ‘stuck in overdrive’.
The hard drive is a Seagate 'Cuda ATA IV, and is really quiet, silent actually – if it did make any sound, it couldn’t be heard above the fairly tranquil sound of my 5 fans. So all I know of the hard drive activity is through the behavior of the red light of the drive’s actvity led.
What I’d like to know is what’s happening, is it potentially damaging to the hard drive, and what, if anything, to do about it. I’d much appreaciate any advice.