The first drive was still under warranty when it died, and after testing it with the PowerMax diagnostic tool (indicating the drive was failing) I returned it and am now waiting for a replacement. But I don't feel like trying a third drive just to have it destroyed as well. I wonder if I'm just having bad luck getting worn out drives, or if my HDS1 is actually killing the drives?
That's really bad news (or bad luck). I would strongly suggest that you try to get PowerMax working on your PC and test those drives. I've never come across an IDE interface that destroyed drives, and I don't really think your HDS1 is doing that.
However, it's a distinct possibility that the HDS1 is corrupting the data on the drive, rather than blowing it up. This could point to several things - all of which I'm not qualified to talk about. I'll leave that to my learned colleagues, Geert Jan and Andy. Unfortunately, even my unit is still playing up after hours of replacing drives, etc, but I now believe it to be a 'motherboard' or ancilliary PCB fault rather than a drive fault - which is far harder and more expensive to fix than a hard drive.
So, test the drives thoroughly on your PC if you can. That will eliminate any possible problem with them. Assuming you then end up with a known good drive, you can then put a fresh image on it and try it in the HDS1.
I hope that helps.
I guess that's a bad sign. Anyway, when I get the replacement drive, I'll test it with PowerMax myself before I mount it in the HDS1.
Any suggestion where/how to get hold of a drive in GOOD condition? (if that is the problem, that is...)
You really aren't having much luck, are you? What I can say is that a drive will be recognised by the PC BIOS, regardless of the contents. If this drive isn't being recognised I can only assume it has failed. In short, if the PC doesn't recognise it, then I'd be surprised if the JVC recognises it.
On the other hand, do you think that your JVC is blowing them up? I've never heard of such a case - even in the PC world, but I suppose it's a possibility. Alternatively, you've just been unlucky in buying some very flaky drives. Time to change your supplier, perhaps? I obviously can't tell you the name of a supplier in Sweden, but eBay normally works for me.
Good luck, and don't give up!
PS: If you do get it going again in the PC, run a Powermax full low-level format to give the drive a good work-out before putting the JVC image back on.
I don't know what to think, but if it's not the drives, then I have no idea what causes these failures. And I know nothing about electronics so I guess I'll be stuck until someone comes up with a solution.
If only the S-VHS deck worked without a hard drive, I probably wouldn't bother any more and eventually spend my savings on a better HDD recorder (I was planning to anyway because of the audio quality) but the tape deck is hardly used and it feels like such a waste having to buy a new VCR.
i am now running on another nearly new drive and the image from geert jans and all seems ok at the moment .... fingers crossed
I just found out about this forum and what I have read so far seems all too familiar with the problems I am starting to have with my HM-HDS1. I was more or less expecting this since for several months, even when it was off, I was hearing a faint hissing/humming sound coming from the unit. As if a fan or the Hdd was still spinning.
I was wondering if any of you has tried one of those HDD utilities that can repair bad sectors sometimes, such as HDD Regenerator or Spinrite6 ?
Welcome to the board. Sorry to hear you're having problems.
AndyWilks may be able to correct me on this, but hissing sounds normally come from power supplies before they die.
Don't know about the humming. There's not a transformer in there that's big enough to create a hum (as far as I know). Again, AnyWilks may be able to comment.
I don't know if your unit is the same as mine, but even in standby mode, the hard disk will spin up and do some housekeeping (defragmenting, I guess). This only lasts about 5 minutes, though.
I haven't tried those utils on anything other than Windows and Unix-formatted disks so it's difficult to say. I wouldn't hold out too much hope for them because even if you did recover the bad sector I doubt the JVC OS would recognise this or attempt to 'map it out'.
Why do you think it could be the disk, anyway? Are you getting playback/recording faults?
I will try to remove all recordings, then fill the HDD with a new recording with SP format (to spend less time doing this), maybe it will solve this but I tend to believe it will not.
from time to time i also hear a small noise from the machine, just like the drive stopping and the heads returning, just quieter than normal, no other odd side affects though
as for HDD Regenerator, i dont know yet, but i have 2 drives i will be trying it out on, and then testing in my pc first if i ever get a chance, been a bit busy lately,
i would however like to get another HD-HMS1 (a dead one) and try them in that .,.. working on the principle of, if aint knackered, don't goof with it, for the unit i am using at the moment
btw, thanks to all who helped me with this and i wish you all good luck with yours