Ok, hopefully the topic gives a good enough indication
A few weeks ago I got a Blue Screen in Windows 2000 Professional (Dutch), something about my harddisk (Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40 GB, 7200rpm, model 54098H8). Didn’t pay much attention to it, for everything seemed to be working again after a reboot.
However, the rebooting took more time, up to 15 minutes before all got loaded (including various TSRs such as ICQ, Serv-U, Matrox Powerdesk, Symantec Personal Firewall + Antivirus, BlackIce, Audio Mixer (Creative), Plextools, InCD).
With the slow boot I can live, I always boot the PC before taking a shower. But the programs became slower as well. It sometimes took a few seconds before stuff appeared, even typing in Word (XP) caused the text to appear a few seconds after I had typed it.
The strange part is that when I look at system resources CPU power is hardly used (1-5%) and my memory (512 MB) was only used for 20% or so… But when I tried to transfer a few files to another hard disk (to back up my emails (2GB), personal documents that were not already saved elsewhere), it took several hours for it to copmplete, which I don’t think is normal.
So yesterday I finally decided to reinstall my PC, start all over again. But when I tried to format my hard disk using the Windows 2000 installation Disk (yes, original of course) and chose the option to format my hard disk (after deleting the partition first), I waited for half an hour and the meter was still at 0%. The disk is recognized properly by the BIOS, so the hardware detects it.
I have not tested it with MaxBlast (util of Maxtor), but I have a strong feeling that my hard disk is broken somehow, or my mainboard (IDE channel) is malfunctioning…
Hope that someone here has a clue what this could be and if getting a new hard disk will solve my problem.
The rest of my system is:
ASUS mainboard (dunno the exact type anymore, but supports USB 2.0)
AMD 1900XP CPU
Matrox G400 Marvel videocard
Creative Soundblaster Live! Player
Sigma Designs Hollywood+ MPEG decoder
Diamond Fireport 40 SCSI adapter
Barracuda 4GB USCSI hard disk
Plex 40x SCSI CD-ROM
Plex 12/10/32S (SCSI writer)
AOpen 1040 DVD-ROM
1 x 512 MB DDR RAM (thought 333, but could be 266 as well)
Another Maxtor DiamondMax Plus (40GB, 7200 rpm)
And various peripherials…
Thanks in advance!