New SATA II 500 Gig drives fail S.M.A.R.T. testing with Seatools for Windows but pass Sea Tools for D
Posted on 2010-08-21
I built an AMD system with all new retail grade components - Motherboard is ASUS M2N68-AM PLUS revision 2.01g. Everything worked fine for several weeks then one day it would not boot - there was a white blinking cursor on the black screen. I swapped out all components except CPU and motherboard to test. I cloned the drive to a new Seagate 500 Gig SATA II drive and it boots up the PC but also fails the Sea Tools for Windows SMART tests and also passes the DOS tests. This computer was going to be used for a new point-of-sale system. The drives are under warranty but that is not my issue. I have tried 3 new drives all with the same results. The report generated for each one states that the error codes mean the drives have failed and need to be replaced. This is really a high failure rate for brand new drives so that is why I am worried it is something else with the motherboard or controllers. I think I should try a different brand to see what happens. I am not sure what else to do or try besides a different brand hard drive. Also I will try to clone one of my other operating systems from another PC onto one of these defective drives and RUN Seatools for Windows again. I also RAN PC-Diagnostics tests for motherboard and all components except the parallel port and floppy . I look forward to any suggestions.