I have a 320 gb caviar SE16 drive, nearly 3 years old ( wd3200aaks ). In just the past few days it started behaving intermittently, and has gotten worse to the point that I can’t boot windows vista off it. I’ve ruled out computer, cable, driver issues as I’ve tested on 3 different systems.
Here are the symptoms:
at boot, i tell vista to boot to safe mode, and while loading drivers, it loads a few drivers then pauses for 10-30 seconds with no disk activity at all, then loads a few more, then pauses, and so forth. Almost cyclical, it has disk activity for a second or two, then pauses for 10 seconds. Eventually it gets to crcdisk.sys and it sits there forever, even hours at a time and never finishes booting
if I make it a secondary drive on a different system, I can get to the drive letter, get a reponse to simple commads like dir, but if I try to copy files off, it copies a few in a second or two, then pauses, with no drive activity, and then resumes for a second or so, and pause…
with Hard Drive Sentinel running, the SMART values check out as ok, but if I run a disk access test, you can see on the chart, a few seconds of normal 15ms disk seek, then 30 seconds of infinite disk seek time- 36000ms.
Data life guard quick test passes, with no errors, but an extended test started running with just one little bar of progress after 50 minutes and estimated completion was 5+ hours. I cancelled it.
From what I can tell the disks themselves are fine, the data is all there. Something is blocking access when run as a secondary drive and holding up windows to the point that in some cases Vista or win7 will blue screen with a irql_not_less_or_equal fault
Any ideas before I RMA it under warranty? I’d like the data, but only if I can recover it myself.