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2005/5/5-9 [Computer/HW/Drives] UID:37545 Activity:low
5/5     I have a Hitachi/IBM Travelstar 80G HD that occasionally makes loud
        clicking noise unrelated to head seek. Today while moving a 150M file
        I started hearing that clicking noise again, and 1 min later my
        computer freezes. I rebooted, tried copying other files and it's fine
        and went back to the same file, and it freezes again. Help?
        \_ Download the diagnostic from the http://hgst.com web site.
           You may be able to query S.M.A.R.T. data, but you probably need
           to replace the drive.
           A controlled 2 second sound every 15-30 minutes of idle is normal
           though for new Hitachis.
        \_ Your drive has become defective and will fail "soon".  Move all
           data to working drive ASAP.
           Go to the http://hgst.com web site and enter in your HD serial number to
           determine if it is still in warranty.  If so, register for RMA and
           return problem drive.
        \_ I went to the Hitachi web site and they refused to give me a RMA
           until I run their diagnostic tools which returns a specific error
           code they want. Unfortunately my laptop has no
           floppy disk so I had to take it out, buy a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter
           and boot from there. However, their tool SUCKS because it would
           code they want. Unfortunately my laptop has no floppy disk so I
           had to take it out, buy a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter and boot from
           my desktop. However, their tool SUCKS because it would
           exit for no reason. After dicking around for 2 hours I found out
           that unplugging my CD-ROM made it go through. Then, the sucky tool
           took 2 hours to scan the disk, then went to the repair mode, which
           did the EXACT SAME redundant scan for repair. After 3 hours, it
           gave up and finally gave me an error code. I went back to the
           Hitachi web site, put in the code, and they said they will mail me
           a repaired drive AFTER I send mine in, in 3 weeks. There's no
            "Advanced RMA" like Western Digital, where they send you a new
           HD before they received yours. FUCK HITACHI/IBM DRIVES. FUCK THEIR
           SUCKY TOOLS AND SUPPORT.
           SUCKY TOOLS AND SUPPORT. -op
           SUCKY TOOLS AND SUPPORT. -op   P.S. http://www.mctubster.com/hd.html
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www.mctubster.com/hd.html
hard-drive replacement Background This modification involves replacing the original Jukebox ha rd-drive with a larger drive. This is the most simple modification on t he site, but you should only attempt this if you are confident working w ith sensitive electronic equipment. Having said that, if you are comfor table pulling your computer apart you should be fine. WARNING The following instructions are given by the author in good faith . You will invalidate your AJB6000 warranty by performing these modific ations and if you are unfortunate or careless you will destroy your AJB6 000. The author takes not responsibility for the fitness, completeness o r accuracy of these instructions. These instructions should also be valid for the Arch os Jukebox recorder. What you require Tools to disassemble your AJB (Phillips No0 or smaller, T10 star bit) Large capacity 95mm 25" hard-drive 25" to 35" hard-drive adaptor (optional for faster transfers) Patience UPDATED 20 April 2004. I haven't updated this page in a while but several of you have pointed out difficulties in partitioning in WinXP. GB drive you need to work around this in one of the following ways; If you have an adaptor you can copy the files of f the hard-drive once you have removed it. I wouldn't recommend doing t his unless you are familiar with IDE drives, master / slave etc. I will mark paragraphs that are only relevant to the hard-drive adaptor method or usb method with ADAPTOR ONLY, USB ONLY etc Disassembly Remove the front fascia. There are four screws, two at the top (headphon e jack end) and two more at the bottom (USB end). Using a small phillip s screwdriver remove the screws (tip .... make sure that you use a corre ctly sized screwdriver, and be careful. Carefully remove the front fascia by lifting it vert ically up. Now remove the battery covers (a lot easier once the front f ascia is removed). Place all of the bits that yo u are removing in a safe place / container. Remove the four hard-drive screws on the sides of the AJB6000. Again more input from helpful people (Jan Coolen), there is an easier and better way to disassemble and reassemble the Juk ebox, ie those pesky bumpers. The easier way is to leave the bumpers on both ends of the Jukebox and squeeze and work the USB end bumpers so tha t they fit through the bottom of the case, clearing both sides and lifti ng the two bumpers with the internals of the Jukebox, leaving the outsid e shell. You will probably bend the metal case a little bit, but it is not noticea ble once reassembled. Lift the top two blue bumpers clear of the circuit board and then wiggle and slide the main body of the AJB6000 out of the metal case. Finally remove the two USB end bumpers from the main body. T he hard-drive is plugged into the AJB at the headphone end. To remove i t we need to clear the circuit board at the USB end and then disconnect it from the main unit. Carefully lift the USB end of the hard-drive up and away from the AJB. You only need to lift the drive end to clear the circuit board at the end of AJB. Now using a flat blade screw drive work the hard-drive out of the connect or. Make sure that as you do this, it continues to clear the USB end of the circuit board. Once you have the hard-drive loosened away from the connector a bit, you should be able to carefully wiggle and pull it out of the connector. Here we can see the original AJB6K drive beside its replacement. I have replaced the drive in the AJB6K once before, but found the drive (a 20GB Travelstar) was to sensitive to motion. to reassembly here ) if you h ave already copied your files from the Jukebox, don't need to, or don't have a 25" to 35" adaptor. ADAPTOR ONLY The pin indicated by the red arrow is pin one. Some adaptors are numbered (like mine) but I have seen others that are not. The drive will be configured as master (as will most new driv es). Reboot your computer etc, and copy your music / files from it. ADAPTOR ONLY Shutdown your computer and replace the drive with your rep lacement drive. PARTITIONING If you are running Win98/ME you will have to partition your drive using fdisk and then reboot and format it. If you are using W2K or XP you can partition and format it in Disk Management. However you d o it, make sure that you format it as Fat32. Under Win98/Me you will ha ve no choice, but under W2K/XP you will Since my replacement drive is 30GB I decided to split it into two partiti ons. The AJB6K will pi ckup the first partition, but not the second. However when you plug you r Jukebox into your computer via the USB cable, it will see both drives. I made both of my partitions primary, which I know you cannot do with Win98/Me I do not know if the computer will see an extended logical dr ive via USB, but I guess it will. ADAPTOR ONLY Once you have formatted the drive and copied your music / d ata back over, shutdown and disconnect it from the computer. USB ONLY Once you have partitioned and formatted the drive, copy your mu sic back onto the device. Make sure that you have the Jukebox plugged i nto the mains as writing uses a lot more power and your Jukebox is more susceptible to problems when writing to the disk, as opposed to reading from it. REASSEMBLY Remove the metal plate from the back of the original drive. If you carefully remove it you should be a ble to get some of the tape to stay on the metal plate. I am not really sure what it is for, it seems to space t he drive slightly away from the back of the case. Her e I am fine, however on your replacement hard-drive it may be in a diffe rent place. Now carefully plug your new drive back into the main AJB6K body. above by attaching the two USB end b umpers to the main body of the Jukebox. Slide the AJB body back into the metal case, carefully clearing the top blue bumpers. Wiggle and squeeze the USB end bumpers past the side of the case. Carefully use a small screw driver or knife to pull and seat the USB end bumpers back into the square cutouts in the case. return back to t he partitioning / formatting section to complete your modification. everything should be as it was, except now you have a larger hard-drive. You can check the free space in the Menu / Ha rddisk option. I apologize for the layout of this page, I realise it will take a while to download all of the photos on a modem connection, but I figured more detail etc was better than less.