07-17-2008 08:26 AM
09-29-2008 04:16 AM
01-15-2009 08:46 PM
I know this sounds insane but get the memory tester program from Microsoft that comes as an ISO image. You just burn it to a CD and when you boot it, it tells you if your memory is good. It's most likely either that or a driver issue for your motherboard's chipset. If the RAM is good, make sure that you have installed drivers for your PC's motherboard and/or drive controller in MS Windows. If you own a prebuilt machine, then of course this was done at the factory.
There is also MemTest86 but use the MS one if you're worried about not knowing who made it.
02-15-2009 07:38 PM
Are you guys using 64 bit windows?
I am (Vista Ultimate x64) and also get the instant fail on a new drive that functions fine. I ask as there are other threads about 64bit support being poor.
If a drive is going to fail it will fail in the first few weeks or after a few years (depending on conditions) so don't worry too much about the false negative.
I've recently had a seagate fail after 3 months though and another isn't looking so good right now (might even be the replacement drive!) but of course have no tools to test it with