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Maxtor HD - Short DST FAILED

Discussion in 'General Hardware Issues' started by tvc15, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. tvc15

    tvc15 Established Techie7 Member

    I just completed a virus cleaning procedure on a Dell Optiplex gx260 running XP. A Maxtor slave HD was causing some problems. It was disconnected and system was eventually declared clean.

    The message that prompted disconnecting the Maxtor HD was:

    Maxtor 6E020L0 E10A9C3E
    Started Short DST 11/9/2014 @ 14:27:12
    Short DST FAILED 11/9/2014 @ 14:27:27

    Unless the above message indicates the drive is dead, can I replace drives (Maxtor as master) to further check or, reinstall Maxtor as slave? Could a virus on the Maxtor as slave migrate to the other (now clean) HD (IBM Deskstar)?

  2. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    The master is most likely your boot drive. So replacing it would create a lot of work, possibly including reinstalling Windows from scratch.

    To replace the slave, just swap them out making sure the jumpers on the back of the new are set the same as the old.

    Sure, malware can spread from one drive to another. But it depends on the type of malware and what it was designed to do.