My sister has been having problems with her computer. It would run for a short while and then crash unexpectabtly- often siting an I/O error with the hard drive. On a reboot it would not detect the Hard drive at all or the DVD drive on the same ide port. I swithced ports and the same thing happened.
After an hour or so I restarted it (I took it home with me!) and it detected the HD and DVD. I suspected a bad hard drive but I thought I would re-install anyway.
88% of the way through the format it stoped and a message came up saying there was a problem with the drive of that if I had a Scsi drive I should cheack the adaptor. Its a normall IDE drive and the second IDE port has no problems detecting the DVD on its own.
Am I right in thinking its the HD? The PC is about to have its third birthday.
I know its not recomended attaching both drives... but it has been working fine for the last year and the CDRW drive would not work on the same IDE port as the DVD/HD. In the instructions it said it needed its own IDE port. At first I thought this was rubbish but it would not work any other way!
I dont think I can run a HD scanner since there is no OS on it (it been formatted- well 88% of it has!).
I dont have a Spare HD unfortunately. I've done all I can- swapped the IDE cables rouned, Swapped ports etc.