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Old 10-01-2002, 05:29 AM
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I've had similar Explorer weirdnesses. I personally doubt it's the HD, but any excuse for a 2nd HD is a good one

Try going to the command line and seeing if you can access the dir from there. Try renaming it from the command line to one simple word. If it's the drive this will crash as well. If it doesn't crash, try reading it from Explorer with the new name.

I suspect a software conflict, at least that was the problem I had. I never tracked down which one it was, but many programs add calls to Explorer. I reinstalled Windows and all was fine.
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Old 10-01-2002, 06:20 AM
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Jeanie,
Just a thought, if you are sending your drive back to the Manufacturer then it would be worth your while to go into fdisk and clear the drive and then format a minimum of 7 times! I know this sounds drastic but it resets all the ones to zeros and makes sure all the zeros stay as zeros. You don't want anyone getting hold of your data.
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G.gouch Sacrifice seems like a good idea - moths na - find a spider! they make better sacrifice candidates!
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Old 10-01-2002, 06:48 AM
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Clare's rite about clearing your disk. Doug and TG discussed it on this thread.
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Old 10-01-2002, 10:05 AM
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Wow - thanks for all the discussion!

Greg - I understand being paranoid! That's why I bought two Maxtor drives yesterday. I'm debating on whether to return one and use my WD drive for the backup/scratch - or if I should keep both Maxtors and give the WD to my sister who could use more space, but doesn't have the same "critical" need I do. (Of course, her BIOS might not even support the larger drive. )

Oh, and you've only been blind for a few months. I've had an animated avatar for about 3 months now, but not until a month or so after RonDon's thread really took off. (I'm obviously not an early adapter! )

Thanks for the suggestion on tracking down the explorer problem Doug. I'll try that.

Clare & Al, yes - I'd already planned on doing that. I hadn't planned on 7 times, but I'll take that seriously as I get the feeling you speak from experience. My disk diagnostic software has a tool which will write 0's to the disk, so I'll do that first, then all of the Windows stuff. Thanks for the tip.

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Old 10-01-2002, 11:57 AM
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Doug, FYI I was able to rename the problem directory - and even view all the files in it in the command prompt without any trouble. Back in Windows Explorer, it still crashes explorer.exe when I try to view the files. I would say you hit the nail on the head. Not that I wish any problems for you, but I'm glad I'm not the only one who's run into this.

Don't worry - I'm still keeping the new HD!

Thanks, Jeanie
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Old 10-01-2002, 12:40 PM
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Ref my previous post, What came with your Maxtor HD ? did you get any disc utility software or other material? Just interested I've no doubt manufacturers assume their disc checking progs will be downloaded from their sites.
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Old 10-01-2002, 01:28 PM
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Chris,

Just opened the box. Here is the content list:

1 - 60GB HD
1 - Max*Blast Plus II floppy (Maxtor HD Installation Software)
1 - Max*Blast Plus II CD (same thing)
1 - Quick Start Poster
1 - 30-page Installation Guide
1 - Hardware kit including ATA interface cable, 5.25" mounting brackets & screws
1 - [Requisite] ad for other Maxtor products

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Old 10-01-2002, 03:26 PM
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make both your drives fat32
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Old 10-01-2002, 04:46 PM
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make both your drives fat32
Can you please explain why? I've been running NTFS and was happy until this problem - but perhaps that's why the problem showed up?

Jeanie
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Old 10-01-2002, 09:19 PM
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Your running your drives under two different filing systems.
NTFS, its mainly for the windows NT operating systems but can be used by 2000 and XP. Fat32 is used by win98, 98SE, 2000 and XP

On rereading your original I see that your Win 2000 main drive is using NTFS, so I recommend converting your data drive to NTFS, as you cannot convert your NTFS back to Fat32.

This may help you
http://support.microsoft.com/default...;en-us;Q100108

It may fix your problem, whatever it is best to have the same filing system on your drives.
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