About 9 months ago, I had a SMART failure with the former HD, so I hired a free-lance tech to help me replace it with a new Seagate HD. I should mention that both HDs have been housed inside a special aluminum case with forced-air cooling("CoolDrive") that's intended to keep it cooler than just ambient airflow inside the case. And the case already has 4 fans, so I wouldn't've thought that heat would be an issue.
Everything was fine until about about 3 months ago, when I started getting what I call the "red stripe of death". This would sometimes appear after using the computer for a few hours (or just having it turned on), but the results were the same: the computer would freeze up with the hourglass running and no programs responding. Then, a red stripe about 50 pixels tall would appear across the top of the screen, and the only way I could get out of it is to unplug the computer, wait a half-minute, and plug it back in.
I downloaded a freeware utility ("ActiveSMART") that tests and monitors the condition of the HD, and the only info that it gave me that was suspicious was that the HD was running a little hotter than it should. I removed the HD from the "CoodDrive" housing, and put it back in the case. The cooling case looks like it's been working properly, but I wonder if it just couldn't deal with its job, and was retaining more heat than it was dissipating.
I dealt with the "red stripe of death" as best I could, but starting a few days ago, the computer got far worse. Now, it would get the red stripe when booting, or it would just take forever to boot. For example, this morning when I turned it on, it took 40 minutes just to get to the regular desktop. And for the last few times I've tried to boot, it has popped up windows saying "The system has recovered from a serious error" and "Dr. Watson Postmortem Debugger has encountered a problem and needs to close". Also, it's now saying "ActiveSMART detected attribute changing in the HD". And now, the computer pretty much refuses to do anything. When I turn it on, it just goes to a black screen that says "Disk error. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart".
Edited by rch427, 11 November 2006 - 02:50 PM.