troubleshooting Question

New disk drives keep failing after just a few months

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Any Ideas why these drives are failing or is it just bad luck/coincidence?

What reasonably priced device or devices could I use to test the IDE port
and/or power supply to make sure they are OK?

No overheat problems, no problems during OS installations, nothing
unusual in system logs while running

Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!


System built in June, 2002 (details below)

Original hard drive (120GB IBM DeskStar ATA100 7200rpm) failed Sept. 2005

Replaced with Seagate ATA100 120gb 8mb cache 7200rpm (details below) failed Oct. 2005

Replaced with Seagate ATA100 120gb 8mb cache 7200rpm (details below) failed Feb, 2006

Drive clicks and Bios cannot detect a drive on each failure, 2nd system bios cannot detect drives either

System Info

     ECS P4S5A Motherboard
     2.0AGhz Intel P4 CPU
     512MB PC2100 DDR RAM
     120GB IBM DeskStar ATA100 7200rpm HD
     Nvidia Geforce4 MX440 64MB Graphics
     56K V90 AMR Modem
     16x40 LiteOn DVD
     32x12x40 LiteOn CDRW
     1.44MB Mitsumi Floppy
     Enlight MidTower ATX 340W P4 Case (Power supply came with case)
     19" AOC 9GLR Monitor
     MS Internet Keyboard
     MS Intellimouse Optical
     Altec Lansing AVS300 3pc Speakers
     MS WindowsXP Home SP2 Up to date
     MS Works Suite 2002

Drive Info

     Seagate ATA100 120gb 8mb cache 7200rpm (both Seagates same model)

     S/N: 5JS3H9S3   Mod: ST3120026A   Part: 9W2083-306
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