I built my (grown-up)daughters PC about 18 months ago. It is of modest spec & the cooling fans are working.
The original hard drive was 2 years old & came out of one of my PC's and failed about six months ago. The replacement was new and has just failed. They were both Hitachi ide 80GB drives. The first one became very noisy and failed. The second one worked perfectly one day and failed the next; making loud clunking noises until the message appears "Primary Drive Failed".
I tested both drives in another PC. It is definitely not a cooling problem as I placed a fan just for the drive after the first failure. Is it just bad luck or could something be causing this?
Thanks, thats interesting jimv7. I may change the PSU to be safe I did wonder about the PSU I have known them fail but not just damage one component, until now! It's 350W and was new 12 months ago. It should be more than adequate; the PC is using on-board audio & video and has an AMD Athlon 2000+ processor.
In view of your comments about noises before catastrophe, this is one problem that can't be laid at the door of RAM.
However, when death comes quietly, and formatting produces huge numbers of bad sectors this often can be caused by faulty RAM which also can be responsible for a vast range of faults, failures and freezes.
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