My Maxtor Diamondmax 18G harddrive was purchased back in fall of 1999(or was it 2000). Did a format of C drive and reinstalled Win98SE. Recently whenever I open "My Computer" in Win98SE, the "My Computer" window would freeze for ~15-20 seconds and the hardrive light stays on during that time. After the freeze the icons for harddrive C, D, CD-Rom etc show up. Symptoms started occuring only after the reinstall of windows. This problem not only occurs in My Computer, but also whenever I try to change folder in Word 2000(freeze first time, but not subsquent change) or save file to a location other than default directory. As far as I know there's no (loud) screeching sound from the pc case or other abnormal sounds for that matter. I've defrag the harddrives(HD was partitioned into C and D drive), and I've dled and ran the powermax program from Maxtor. Did install, basic and advanced test and all showed no error. Have yet to run burn in test(~30min per run, need 2-3 runs?)
Can anyone help me determine the problem? Is this win98SE problem? Or is my harddrive dying?
Thanks a lot for replying.