The drive was only manufactured in Jul 04 and had been in my pc for about 40 days when I started having problems accessing the drive.
I started trying to copy what I could from it to another drive, but things weren't good. It then got to the point where the pc wouldn't boot into xp with the drive still in there.
Unfortunately it looks like the drive has now completely failed.
No great loss on the data on the drive, it was only music mp3's and mpeg's and I have got a 160GB back up of most of it.
The worst part was that I'd saved about 40gig of Glastonbury 2004 footage captured off the beeb and I was only part way thru putting it onto DVD and hadn't backed that up (didn't see much point as I was authoring it onto DVD, just didn't expect a drive to fail so quickly).
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