Maxtor sabre error

maxtor sabre error

sprers.eu › viewtopic. But I also had a Maxtor DX 40GB drive (a Quantum design) which spun up bug that makes the drive report the model's codename (SABRE. The problem is that the same screen comes back. showed up in the bios as Maxtor sprers.eue else. HD PVR Error

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These are some real problems experienced by SABRE BACE7Z4Z and Maxtor hard drives in general that we see in our lab. We are not affiliated in any way with hard drive manufacturers. All the information below is based solely on our experience and we do not make any claims regarding reliability of the specific model. We see mostly failed drives in our lab and therefore we don't have complete statistics.

I believe my circuit board has burnt out by a power surge and HD does not spin and appears to be dead. There is a smell of smoke coming from the device. Your information states that this is a common problem and data recovery is possible. I would like to do this and would like to know the cost and where to send the device. Drive is Maxtor(SABRE BACE7Z4Z model).

Maxtor hard drives are well-known for their firmware problems. Firmware of the drive is not located on the PCB as most people think. Main part of firmware is stored on the platter in so-called System(Service) Area. System Area occupies the negative cylinders, usually on the inner diameter and contains a number of firmware modules. If one of the modules becomes corrupted the whole hard drive micro-operating system can't boot up, the drive can't initialize correctly and stops working. If this situation occurs the drive becomes identified with its factory alias(N40P, CALYPSO, SABRE, GRIZZLY etc) quote often with 0 capacity. If you attempt to boot up from such drive or read any data from it you would get "Disk boot failure. Insert system disk and press enter" or "Primary Master Hard Disk Fail" or "No operating system found" or "USB Device malfunctioned" error or "S.M.A.R.T. Capable But Command Failed" or some other BIOS error.

Currently there is no way to fix this type of problem at home. It is not an easy "firmware flashing"; it is quite a complicated procedure and requires use of specialized expensive equipment and deep knowledge of hard drive design and data recovery technology. Luckily, it doesn't usually require opening the HDD in clean room and ordering donor drives, so data recovery in this case shouldn't be too expensive.

The drive is a Maxtor(SABRE BACE7Z4Z). Doesn't seem to make any sound at all.. I have tried in two machines and it has not been detected by either bios. Might have been a power surge.. I was reading then stopped

Maxtors also well-known for their line of "musical" hard drives that have very high rate of bearings failures. When this occurs spindle gets stuck and motor voice coil starts producing nice futuristic cell phone melody or siren: . Data recovery in such case involves removing platters from such musical drive in class clean room environment and transplanting them into matching donor. This complex and precise procedure requires a lot of experience and use of specialized in-house tools to maintain platters in alignment.

Another issue typical for Maxtor hard drives is damage to the components on the circuit board(PCB). Maxtors are very vulnerable to overheating, power surges and bad power supply unit combined with power streak is usually enough to burn spindle motor controller chip on the logic board. Should this occur the computer would reboot itself, you would normally notice acrid smoke and smell coming from your PC and when powered on the drive would not spin up at all.

Another quite common symptom Maxtor drives have is clicking, knocking or beeping sound. The drive spins up and the head starts clicking right from the beginning with a regular constant sound: . Most often this a sign of bad heads, but before doing any clean room work, it is very important to perform accurate diagnostics and eliminate a chance of possible firmware corruption that sometimes could also cause clicking.

I have an old computer acting as a fileserver with several drives. The drive that died is a Maxtor(SABRE BACE7Z4Z). I do not know of any indicators occuring before it failed. I simply couldn't access it today, logged into the computer and found the disk had failed. It does not seem to run mechanically at all. I tried it in another cable and power connector with no luck.

There is one more problem that is typical for all manufactured hard drives: bad sectors. After some period of time magnetic media the platters are covered with starts to degrade and bad sectors appear.
Whenever the drive hits such unreadable bad sector it could start freezing, scratching, ticking and sometimes loud clicking: . This leads to further damage to the surface and causes more data loss. As soon as you start experiencing such symptoms while reading important files stop the drive immediately and consider sending it to a data recovery lab for diagnostics. Any further attempts to read it would just add up to the problems and make more data unrecoverable. In our lab we use special imaging tools that are capable of reading raw sector data ignoring sector checksum check. This is usually the only way to effectively retrieve data from these LBAs.

If you experience any of the symptoms described above with your Maxtor SABRE BACE7Z4Z please feel free to contact us to get upfront quote on data recovery from your failed drive.

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Strange Problem

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I've got 2 really weird problems at the moment with a machine I'm working on.

PC Spec:
P4
VIA P4M chipset
MB DDR RAM
Seagate Barracuda (STA) 80GB HD
Maxtor DiamondMax 10 (6BP0) GB HD
Windows

Problem 1: Random freezing

The machine freezes randomly, sometimes when booting windows, sometimes after it's been running for a while and even sometimes while in the boot menu. I had suspissions over the RAM that was in there. I tested the RAM with MS's RAM checker and it did fail a test. I replaced it and still no change. No errors occur in Windows event logs. The temperature all seems to be ok. I'm going to install a fresh graphics card and lose the onboard shared one and see if it makes any difference.

Just wondered if anyone had encountered a similar problem or had any suggestions?

Problem 2: BIOS

The BIOS on the PC does not pick up the 2nd hard drive correctly on boot. I've been into the setup several times and a detection picks up the drive nps. A soft restart after has nps, a hard reboot brings up a message indicating a disk fail (Pressing F1 to conintue leads to no problems). I've reset the BIOS several times but the hard drive is still picked up after a hard reset as a Maxtor Sabre and fails.

Any suggestions?

I don't think the 2 problems are linked since the BIOS problem has been as issue for 8 months or so and the freezing has only recently started. No new hardware has been added recently (with the exception of the RAM that was swapped).

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  • NCR31UU0
  • NCR31V80
  • RAJN0
  • RAMC1TU0
  • RAMB1TU0
  • RAMB1TV0
  • TAH71DP0
  • VA
  • VA
  • VA
  • VAM51JJ0
  • WAH21PB0
  • WAK21R90
  • YACY0
  • YAHY0
  • YAHY0
  • YAR41BW0
  • YAR41KW0
  • YAR41VW0
  • YAR51HW0
  • YARW0
  • YAR51EW0
  • YCR41VJ0
  • ZAHy0

Corrupted FW Code

  • ALTAIR BAC51KJZ
  • SABRE BACE7Z4Z
  • SABRE BANC2B7Z
  • SABRE BANC2G1Z
  • ROMULUS DAHKZ
  • NIKE EAH41MFZ
  • GRIZZLY HA3D2DDZ
  • N40P NARZ
  • N40P NARZ
  • RIGEL TAH71DPZ
  • ARES C64K VAM51JJZ
  • ATHENA WAH21PBZ
  • ATHENA WAK21R9Z
  • CALYPSO YAR41VWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42BWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42CWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42DWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42KJZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42KWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42NWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42QWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42RWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR42TWZ
  • CALYPSO YAR43KJZ

Maxtor External Hard Drives: Firewire / / USB / USB / eSATA

  • OneTouch 4 Plus
  • OneTouch III Turbo Edition
  • OneTouch 4 Mini
  • BlackArmor
  • Central Axis
  • Shared Storage
  • Basics
  • STMOTA3E5-RK
  • STMOTA3E5-RK
  • STMOTA3E5-RK
  • STMOTB3E5-RK
  • STMOTB3E5-RK
  • STMOTB3E5-RK
  • STMOTB3E5-RK
  • STMOTA3E5-RK
  • STMOTB3E5-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTA3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTB3E1-RK
  • STMOTABRK
  • STMOTABRK
  • STMBAA1E1-RK
  • STMBAA1E1-RK
  • STMCAA00G-RK
  • STMSDA20G-RK
  • STMSSA20G-RK
  • STMN1AAA-RK
  • STMN1AAAS-RK
  • STMN1AAAS-RK
  • STMN1AAAS-RK

 
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Seems like this sort of thing is posted a lot:pBut not exactly this problem (which probably also happens a lot)

I have an Intel DPBZ mobo, latest BIOS, flashed yesterday. I got a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 GB SATA drive yesterday as well. My computer seems generally healthy. Nothing really wrong with it. There is a PATA ~47GB Deskstar already in it; it's master boot disk and only thing on its IDE channel. But if I plug in the SATA drive, it won't boot. It won't even try to boot, as far as I can tell. After POST, as it goes to detect the drives, the Maxtor makes these click-click-click-click noises and after I wait for about a minute, it tells me "Primary Master Hard Disk Error" and forces me into BIOS setup. It sounds like the disk head is banging around in there. The BIOS shows a "Maxtor SABRE" on SATA0, but has no details about it Max Capacity is listed as zero, "LBA Mode", "Block Mode", all display as "Not Supported", although I am pretty darn sure this drive should work. As I was googling about this issue, I stumbled across a system sold by sprers.eu with a different mobo with the P chipset and this exact drive (was in google's cache the systems on that site are updated now). I can't change the SATA drive's position in the boot priority list, because it doesn't show up as an option. The only drives there are the floppy, my CD/RW, and the Deskstar. Putting a bootable floppy in the floppy drive does nothing, nor does putting my bootable winXP CD in the CD drive. I tried changing the SATA cable no difference. Disabling/enabling RAID in the BIOS makes no difference either. If I unplug the SATA drive, everything works great again.

Perhaps this clicking sound is a blindingly obvious sign of a dead drive, but I've never had a DOA drive before (guess I've been lucky), and was just looking for some feedback from the "experts" :)

Any advice is welcome!

 

Maxtor

Maxtor hard disk drives may not be made any more (with the brand passing to the ownership of Seagate) but that does not mean that there is no longer a requirement for recovery of older hard disks from time to time.

Below is a break down of some of the more common problems that Maxtor hard drives can experience:

Media Degradation and Bad Sectors

Degradation of a hard drive's ability to read data from the platters is a problem that, given enough time, will effect every mechanical hard drive. In fact the process is often going on with individual sectors or larger groups of sectors of the hard drive on a regular basis. The drive is normally able to remap the problem sectors and replace them with ones from a reserved area of the disk. When bad sectors become a more evident problem, it is often too late to retrieve all of your data by conventional means. This is where TRC Data Recovery can help.

We use specialist hardware and software techniques to retrieve the data that is stored on sectors that have gone bad. In most cases we are able to fully recover hard drives with even the most severe of media degradation problems.

Maxtor Firmware Corruption

Firmware is the code that governs how your Maxtor hard drive initialises itself, deals with internal defects and generally communicates with your computer or external device.  Many elements of the firmware of the drive are specific to the individual unit and repairing a fault with it requires extensive experience and tremendous care.

When a drive experiences a corruption of its firmware microcode it can no longer operate as a storage device, each and every attempt that your computer makes to access the drive or its data will result in an error.  When this happens with a Maxtor disk it is common that the drive's ID will be misrepresented as its family name rather than its model number:

  • Maxtor N40P
  • Maxtor ARES C64K
  • Maxtor Calypso
  • Maxtor Sabre

A full list of Maxtor family names can be found here.

If your drive is displaying these symptoms you will need professional help to recover your data. Contact TRC for a no-obligation quotation.

Mechanical failures

Just like other mechanical hard disk drives, Maxtor branded devices can suffer at the hands of failure of one of their internal moving parts. Common fault areas on hard drives include the motor spindle assembly and the read read write heads.

Symptoms of a mechanical failure are often the simplest of any failure type to identify as they are most commonly audible. Drives that have failed in this way may be making clicking, screeching, beeping or grinding noises.

You can read more about our data recovery services for noisy hard drives here:

If any of these failure types are suspected it is very important that the hard drive is powered down until some specialist advice has been sought.

Other Failure Types

Maxtor hard drives are also susceptible to failure of the manner in which any other hard disk drive can fail. TRC Data Recovery also support recover from devices where:

  • The hard Drive has been knocked or dropped
  • Files have been deleted
  • Operating systems have been re-installed
maxtor sabre error

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