Hard Drive Issues
Posted on 2002-07-24
Okay - this is really a two-part question. I'll be surprised if part #2 is answered because it's mostly speculations, but ideas would be nice. So here it goes.
#1 - I have an ABIT KT7-RAID system board with an AWARD 6.x BIOS which is cabable of supporting drives in excess of 100GB. I have an 18GB IBM system drive. I have 45 and 60GB data drives from IBM. I have a 100GB Western Digital drive attached to my Highpoint RAID controller.
Problem: My hard drives report as approx 32GB in size. The 32GB clip is not on - nor should it need to be since my bios should support the drives. I have tried the drives in other systems and those systems report the drives as 32GB as well. I have also moved my 100GB drive from the RAID controller to the main controller the 45 and 60 GB drives were on and the system reports the size of the 100GB drive correctly. This has actually been a problem for a while, but somehow I was able to format the 45 and 60GB drives to the appropriate size. But even the IBM software reports the drives as the incorrect size. I've run checks on them and the integrity of the drives seems to be intact, but the data is flaky to access and most disk utilities bomb out when I try to run them. I even tried a zero-fill on one of the drives to try and wipe out any 'rouge' data that may have been there. IBM tech support was unable to help me. Ideas? Suggestions?
#2 Another drive problem. This is the second time that #1 has happened to me. Last time just one drive crapped out on me and this time it's both of the larger IBM drives. The partition tables are corrupted on them. I'd like to keep the data, but most of all I want to get them reporting the correct size to the BIOS. Now this is where it gets strange... I was working on the problem listed above and two days after it happened I decided to take out both the 45GB and 60GB drives to see if my system would boot without them (it wouldn't boot with them in). Well - now my main 18GB system drive is corrupted! It lost it's partition info as well. I ran a demo software problem and it found all the partitions on my system drive but it couldn't fix them because it was a demo... Why did this happen? Virus? Seems that way, but I have updated McAfee scanning for starters. Also, why two drives and then 2 days later the other drive? And why wouldn't my 100GB drive have been affected? System board? Could be, but that would be very strange. Power surge/outage? Maybe... I'm out of ideas. I need to get my system drive fixed - should be easy, just need to but a partition recovery tool. Then I need to get my system to read the IBM drives correctly. Then I need to figure out why this happened in the first place!
I'm looking for the most complete answer I can get. Getting my drives size correct is priority#1 then figuring out why it happned is #2. If you can answer both of those and I prove it to be correct - you will be the winner hands down! Otherwise we'll see how close we can get...