Interesting story (for me anyway).
I own an older Hitachi 7k250 (200gb) that I've had for a few years.
A couple months back I started having problems booting and noticed several Disk Errors listed in the Event Viewer.
Being prudent I replaced the drive and used Norton Ghost to rescue as much data as possible. (In the process I switeched my BIOS to "Bus Mastering" to improve performance during the copy.)
Not knowing that Bus Mastering can cause IDE problems when booting to windows, I thought the drive was getting flunkier and opted to reconnect the drive to the SATA channel where I had been using it.
I then proceeded to test the drive completely to verify its impending death.
Continued errors were enough to make me drop the drive unceremoniously in the trash.
Now here's the punchline. As a stop gap I installed an old 60gb Maxtor, recently pulled from a working system, to use until I could get a second new drive for the same system.
A few days later there were indications that it was failing as well.
Now I don't believe in coincidence (but the Easter Bunny and Santa are real!) so I started thinking 'what do these drives have in common?'
Oh yeah, that I was connecting them to an older Abit NF7-S motherboard using the included "Serillel" converter, a block that plugs into a PATA drive to let you run it on a SATA controller.
I removed the Maxtor from the Serillel and plugged it directly into an IDE channel which fixed the drive completely.
No really, no errors, no bad cluster, nothing. And then I started thinking...
Well it's a damn good thing I don't take that room's trash out very often.
I reformat the Hitachi and 10 hours of intensive read/write testing proved flawless.
Who'd've of thunk that a stupid converter piece could go bad and do all that.
Just goes to show you... somthing....