Hard or Soft? Q Drive

my q drive won't mount-it says drive is not ready-make sure drive is correctly spun up   More Info: I have a MacIntosh Quadra 800 hard drive w 40 MEG RAM  using System  7.5.3  and update 2.0  It has a 100 meg ZIP drive  (this is the problem drive) and also it has 200 mg SYQUEST drive, a 21" Rasterops monitor: and a Microtek ScanMaker 600zs-scans 8 x 10 max color flatbed scanner,

THE 100 mg ZIP external hard drive  won't mount WHEN I STARTUP:
 it DOES MOUNT SOMETIMES LATER NOT without a big fight.

I've been told by computer repair men that my hard drive is going and should maybe be replaced? My friend suggested a Power PC Performa 6400/200 & VRAM Card with 32mb of Ram (My sister, who is submitting this to you says this is way too small and stupid for my desktop publishing/graphics business, which is a big user of Photoshop, Quark, PageMaketer, etc.: my sister feels that what really needs to be done is REPLACE THE DRIVE and upgrade the Quadra to PowerMac via board/chip. Any comments? to this slightly more comprehevsive statement of the problem
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joeyt041897Commented:
sounds like the drive is having a small stiction problem. try to listen to your machine when you first boot it up. you shoudl hear the fan come on right away then you should here a second "fan like" sounds that should be your drive. if not i would take it to a apple repair center. or if you  want to take the drive out of the case and hold it in your hand like a deck of cards and give your wrist a twist a few times. that may release the drive. if not......
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clekAuthor Commented:
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clekAuthor Commented:
I have added more information. I knew there really wasn't enough. I guess we are also trying to find out if the drive not mounting could be something software?
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