Hi all. Well, the other day I was merrily using the central, when it just stopped. As I pulled it out from where it was housed (in retrospect a very bad place), I feared the worst. It was stationed on top of my Onkyo amplifier, and was approximately 3 zillion degrees between the amp and the bottom of the central.
I've experienced a bad drive before, and just replaced it and went on living. This time I replaced the drive, but got no love.
Old drive: Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 80Gb ATA/133
New drive: Maxtor Diamonmax 10 100Gb PATA/133
Drive is configured as master, I have tried two IDE cables.
What I get when I try to "Restore as new" is the progress bar simply stopping at various points, depending on when I try it. It has even gotten to the end before, but then reported a read error, which I failed to copy. Rarely, I get another error which reported a hex error code, also failed to copy.
To me, it looks like either a bad IDE bus, but could be bad memory as well.
Questions: Do these symptoms ring any bells? Is anyone doing troubleshooting and repairs of Centrals? Is it worth it (time, money, hassle) to get it fixed, or should I just go the HTPC route?