Bare with me, but the history could have something to do with my problem.
About 2 years ago I bought a new HDD, and acquired another shortly after that. Meaning my computer had the following set-up:
I noticed that my CD drive was starting to mess up, I could not use the drive without my computer 'freezing'. In both Linux or Windows. Trying several new and used CD and DVD drives the problem still existed. I got rid of my 80GB thinking it could be a device conflict.Code:ide0: 80GB (master), CD drive (slave) ide1: 200GB (master), 250GB (slave)
At the start of the year I upgraded my PC, keeping only the 200GB and the 250GB HDD from the old system.
Code:ide0: 250GB (master), DVD drive (slave) sata0: 200GB (with a IDE->SATA converter since my mobo only has 1 IDE slot)It especially seems to freeze when I try an access the 250GB while the DVD drive is in use. I'm starting to run out of disk space, so I've started to put things on DVD/CD.Code:neux:/home/zac # fdisk -l Disk /dev/hda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/hda1 * 1 30401 244196001 7 HPFS/NTFS Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200048565760 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 14701 118085751 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda2 14702 24320 77264617+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda5 14702 19800 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sda6 19801 19994 1558273+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda7 19995 24320 34748563+ 83 Linux
Another possibly related problem, a few weeks ago one of my drives reset it-self during use (happened a few times) -- but hasn't happened since. I ran the manufacturers diagnostic tool on both of the drives and they seem fine. Are one of my drives dying?
So my question is, what's going on?! How can I cheaply rearrange my PC?
Will putting both the 200GB and 250GB in an external case (USB) solve the problem? Running the DVD drive on it's own (ide) and buying a sata drive for the OS?
Sorry my post is soooo long, I'd really appreciate any comments or suggestions. I know it's not a software issue, I run both XP and openSuSE 10.2 (the problem happens in both, even after a few re-installs).
Thanks in advance!