First post, by quicknick
I got this Quantum Fireball EX 5.1GB few days ago and can't get it to behave. Due to space constraints I only have one retroPC available at all times, built around an Athlon XP 2600+ on a GA-7N400S motherboard; I like to call it 'the workhorse' as it's the one that I'm using to test (compatible) bits and pieces as I receive them.
So, I hook the Quantum to this machine to test if it's alive or ready to be tossed. HDTune surface scan, no bad sectors. A benchmark follows, that shows an unusual dip in speed to around 0.1MB/s at the middle. Thinking of a bad sector that might have just appeared I went back to do another surface scan, but the speed of the scanning was about a quarter compared to the first scan. Intrigued, I restarted the machine, but after this every attempt to access the drive results in a complete freeze. Mouse cursor doesn't move, keyboard doesn't respond, reset or power off from the PSU switch are my only options. Changed the IDE cable, same deal.
My only other (easy) way of dealing with IDE drives is by using an IDE-USB converter. This way I was able to hook this drive to my daily use PC, where I have ran all tests with HDTune, including write benchmarks, surface scan, various secure erase methods (even the 35-pass one). After zero-filling the drive I returned it to my 'workhorse' where it had to be initialized then formatted. When formatting reached 100% computer froze.
I used this old system to test most of my old HDDs and optical drives during the last ~3 years and it's proven reliable so far, even drives with ton of bad sectors and terminal mechanical problems didn't cause it to freeze. This Quantum drive it's not at all important to me but I'm just puzzled by what's happening. Any suggestions/ideas?