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Q: second hard drive dying

i have a second hard drive which does contain bad sectors..i want to take it out as i am convinced it is slowing down my pc it makes this squeaky noise everytime i do something...all i have used it for is mp3's so if i take it out there will be no great loss.....the question is if i do take it out do i have to change the settings on my cd rom..i am not to sure about these settings i remember when my cd rom broke i took it out the machine and everytime i booted up i got an error message that's why i was wondering if i had to change the settings onece the second hard drive was out.

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A: second hard drive dying

Is the second hard drive on the same cable with the first hard drive? or is on the cable with the CDROM?

If it's on the first cable with the other hard drive, you just need to disconnect it and remove it.

If it's on the same cable with the cdrom, you'll need to change the jumper setting on the cdrom to MASTER....

In both events, you should enter into your bios setup after you have done this to re-recognize the drives.

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My laptop is almost 4 years old. This morning I started hearing a scraping sound from the HDD. Right now I booted into an old Knoppix CD. I tried running fsck but nothing seemed to happen. Anything else I can do?

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After leaving my computer idle while I'm at work or for a full day or so, or sometimes just a few hours...when I click on "My Computer" on my desktop, the window pops up empty and Task Manager says it's Not Responding. Ending task just clears my desktop and after a few minutes, it comes back. Same problem. I can't access any files or go into explorer, my computer, etc unless I reboot. Not sure why this is happening? Is my hard drive just shutting off or something??
XP Home
1gig Ram
80 gig hard drive
2.26ghz P4

A:Is this my hard drive dying?

First before you do anything rash I would try doing a repair install of Windows XP. If the problem still comes back, back up all your data and format the HD.

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My PC has been freezing and stuttering a lot lately. Sometimes it will reset itself during these freezes, it even freezes in the boot menu. Task Manager says disk usage is at 0% all the time no matter what I do. Every time I try to use system restore or disk check I get the DPC_Watchdog_Violation BSOD. The HDD is 5 years old and It wouldn't surprise me if it was dying. What do you guys think? I'm open for suggestions. Thank you.

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Welcome to the forum. It could be anything best bet is to go to makers site of the hd and download their test which will tell you if there are any faults

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Here's my prob.I keep getting this error, Source: Disk Event ID: 11 The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk0\DR0. It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,I ran memtest86 for over 3 hours and everything came out fine with that.I reloaded in windows x64 and that didn't help.Sometimes when windows starts I'll get the blue screen of death,but it go's by so fast I can't read it,also when booting at the loading screen it will just sit there,the light on the pc doesn't blink and rebooting won't work.I have to shut the pc pown and turn off all power to it for a bit then windows will fire up again with on probs.I know it's not over heating, I have a 120mm fan blowing right on it.I also changed out the cable and that didn't help.If any one can give me some ideas that would be great.....Thanx

A:Is my hard drive dying or what?

It seam to start after I put in 8gig's of ram,Click to expand...

can you go back to the original memory configuration ?

if so see if the PC is stable again ....

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Hi, I have a serious problem with my PC and after spending far too long trying to fix it i'm getting a bit fed up.

A while ago my hard drive (120GB Maxtor Plus9) started going bad. It would work normally most of the time but now and then it would make a single mechanical clicking noise and the whole computer would freeze a few seconds after. I would need to turn it off and on again to get it back up. It tended to happen the exact time i clicked on something or if i was copying / downloading so was not totally random. It started happening more and more often and got to the stage where it would just click as soon as I turned it on, over and over again. I temporarily solved this by giving it a sharp hit and / or turning it upside down. Then it would be ok for a few days before it went bad again.

OK so not hard to fix I thought, Ill just buy a new hard drive. Now here's where it gets interesting...

I bought a new 200GB Maxtor Plus 10, and after a few attempts, managed to copy everything off the duff drive. Great I thought, with a new Windows install and a working drive, my PC was running sweetly. Then a few weeks ago it started clicking just like the one before...

What could this possibly be?

Any help greatly appreciated.

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

Here is a link to all my computer specs: http://speccy.piriform.com/results/n...MWcuRIO8IFYnG2

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Have you made full-partition backups of your OS and data partitions to an external source? You might want to make a couple of images each, then get ready for the regulars, seasoned techs, to give you detailed advice. I'm simply a newbie here.

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Hi, i'm having trouble with my harddrive when i turn the PC on it will act like normal for a while for instance i can play games or do windows tasks but at random times my computer will just die and it will act as if it is switching on and off over and over again rapidly. Also i have noticed that the harddrive is making more noise than it usually does and the computer in general has been running much slower than it should.
Will i have to replace my harddrive ? i do not know what else to do about the problem, i have tried anti spyware and the like but normally the machine won't stay on long enough for them to finish.

My machine is:
Intel P4 3.0GHZ
1024MB Ram
120GB Harddrive

Thanks For Your Help. Jay.

A:I Think My Hard Drive Is Dying! Help Please!

A failing hard drive normally wont shut a pc down, i believe your problem lies elsewhere!!!
First, get the side off and remove all dust!!
Second, get speedfan from the downloadssection and use it to monitor temperatures , voltages, and hard drive S.M.A.R.T. characteristics.

Post here anything that looks out of the ordinary!!!!

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Hi there,
I have a server which currently just has two hard drives...one new one and one very small one i just use for virtul memory. The other day the server crashed and then got in a loop of rebooting during startup

When i erased this disk clean with boot and nuke it fixed the problem - same as unplugging the disk....Is it broken..or what lol?!

Is there anything i can do to fix it!?

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Hi, my mother handed me her Win XP computer 2 weeks ago and I have come to the conclusion that the hard drive may be on it's way out. I'm no expert and seeing the way she was managing her files and the outdated antivirus I think there is still a possibility of infection.

I have noticed in the forums you like to see hijack this reports but I am very skeptical that I will be able to install it on the computer in question as it won't shut down unless you press and hold the power button untill it does! Would a dxdiag report be usefull in distinguishing between an infection and a bad hard disk?

Here are some of the other symptoms:

-one hour startup time
-attempting to open the control panel gives the runDLL32 error and when it closes all desktop icons and the task bar dissappear and your only choice is to hold the power button till it shuts off
-windows explorer stops responding after a couple of mins and gives the runDLL32 error
-Ctrl+Alt+Del causes the Task manager to open and stop responding
-clicking on Properties for the C drive or various other folders either does nothing or the runDLL32 error
-I tried to use the Win XP CD but it just sits there for hours looking like it is trying to reload but the light on the tower never comes on.

After I post this I will start it up and attempt to get a dxdiag report.

I would appreciate any advice I can get!

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Exactly how are you trying to use the XP disk? You need to enter the BIOS and make the CD drive the first boot device. Then with the XP CD, run SFC /scannowSee Here

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The hard drive on my PC is apparently dying. I need to replace it... no big deal, I can handle that. But I want to get my information off the drive because I stupidly haven't backed it up recently. I can get the drive to start (with protests and a very slow reaction time), but though I can hear it spinning and feel the vibrations, it won't trigger the monitor. I don't get a "no signal" message, all I get is the power light blinking at me.

I DO know that the monitor works. I've hooked it up to my laptop and was able to get it to display. Also, the second hard drive on the desktop will trigger the monitor (disconnected the main hard drive and the second drive will run and function properly, so it has to be the main hard drive, right?). I've tried both the current video card and the old one that I replaced... either one works on the secondary hard drive, neither on the primary.

I freely admit to not being the best when it comes to the innards of my computer... I'm much better at the software side of things. Anything that you can suggest that I try before I surrender this beast to a computer "doctor"? All I want to do is copy all my files and I need to see what I'm doing...

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Hi i have a problem.. I think my hard drive is dying, The reason being is I can not boot my PC...
Please can someone help me.. i cannot boot in safe mode either. hense why i am stuck.



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You can put in your windows CD and try to install windows, if it can't see any drive to format or install then your drive has problem probably dead.

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These two hard drives I have, the 30 gig and 20 gig are relatively OLD as in 3-4 years old. In the last 24 hours, I've notice screen freezes, a noise that isn't right as in a high pitched squeal and then it will all unfreeze. Yesterday, It would freeze so bad that I would have all my screens stop responding. I would have to go to Task Manager and end them. And then do a Cnt/Alt/Del. That didn't even work.

And you know how if you hit that twice, it's suppose to reboot? Well, not here. And during rebooting, it would FREEZE! I would have to do the *one fingered salute* to get it back up and running, which I HATE to do. But I did wait til it was technically off before turning it off.

If I was doing a normal reboot, it works fine. It's only during a screen freeze that we have the problem. Could my hard drive be biting the dust finally? I have taken precautions and gotten everything of importance off the computer already. If I can't replace it by going online or putting in a CD, it's on my husband's computer or burned onto a cd (or both) . I'm just afraid I'm losing my hard drive.

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My system has an SSD boot drive and a secondary internal hard drive. The hard drive is assigned drive letter E. I use it for general storage, downloads, etc.

Starting today the system hangs at boot time on SATA Port 6 - which is where the hard drive is connected. If I pull the power connector off the drive and boot the system boots OK but (of course) without drive E. If i then connect the power cable to the drive it appears as a removable drive and works fine. CHKDSK finds no errors. Update Driver says the driver is current. Device Manager & Disk Manager show the drive properly. Basically the drive works OK.

The only way I can get the system to run properly is to unplug the power cable from the hard drive and then reconnect it after the system boots. So is this telling me the drive is bad? Even though it works OK when mounted as removable?

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Hi, I have a Toshiba Laptop Satellite P744 for about 3 years now, with windows 7. I keep having this recurring situation when I login. It does not happen all the time but seems to be increasing in frequency. Here is what happens:

When I login the bottom task bar is no longer translucent, the start menu and explorer windows are all different, not translucent. It looks to me more like XP.

Shortly after starting I get an error balloon pop up from the task bar saying: "Failed to connect to a windows service, windows could not connect to the system event notification service...etc" I have a screenshot of the entire message.

Then I get another error message pop up saying: "NT Kernal System has changed since the last time you used it"

Sometimes if I restart it will start properly again in windows 7 but not all the time and sometimes I have to do a system restore to get it back and this is happening more and more. Does this mean my hard drive is dying? Is it time to replace it? I am a pretty heavy user and it runs almost all the time but I really don't know what this means.

I am placing this link to screenshots I took of all the errors:

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I have 2 hard drives in my computer: a 40 gig Western Digital 7200rpm, and a 15 gig Maxtor 7200rpm.

When I try to read off of the Maxtor it is very very slow. It took me 4 days to format it. I can write files just fine, but when it tries to read a file, it moves to turtle speed. I moved the Maxtor to another computer and installed a clean copy of Windows 2000 pro on it. The install went fine... it took about 25 minutes. But when I went to boot up it took almost 10 minutes. Also, when I try to load any program it takes *FOREVER*. I installed Red Hat Linux 7.3, which had the same problem. I've removed all partitions, and manually entered cylinders/heads/etc in bios... still extremely slow.

I hope the hard drive isn't dying?... It is only 10 months old.

Please Help.

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call the people at Maxtor , it sounds like something is wrong with it and you might get a new one.

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A few months ago I was switching back and forth between AHCI and IDE with the BIOS and Registry fixes.

During that time, between testing and crude benchmarking, I tried saving a MS Works 6 .xls spreadsheet file and got "File does not exist", and I also lost two Macrium Reflect boot drive images on a five year old Seagate 7200.10 320GB IDE drive (model ST3320620A)

CHKDSK /R, HD Tune and SeaTools tests showed zero errors. Defraggler's S.M.A.R.T. readout said 0 reallocated sectors. Out of caution I moved the data off the drive and took it out of my rig.

If the drive passed all tests, how else can I tell if the drive is still in good shape and usable?

A:How can I be sure a hard drive is really dying?

I don't think you can tell with 100% assurance that a drive is good or bad. Sometimes drives fail with absolutely no warning. Other times you may have some warning signs (strange noises, perfomance issues, etc) and the drive may just keep on working. This article gives some info about warning signs for hard drive failure.

HowStuffWorks "Signs of Hard Drive Failure"

My personal suggestion is to create system images on a regular basis. I use the native Windows 7 imaging tool, Macrium free, and Paragon free and each one is assigned to its own external hard drive. Also, my personal policy is to immediately replace a hard drive as soon as it exhibits any warning signs of failure. I might put the drive in an enclosure and use it for non-critical data storage or if it's really acting up, just toss it after wiping it clean with DBAN.

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I have a samsung r530 that is 1 ish almost years old. Says its Processor Intel Core i3 330E @ 2133MHz with 4gig MB of RAM.

I am hearing a clicking noise, sounds like a an old fashion cash register, like pages turning... click click, AND it has just started to stay "hung up" when i opened a webpage like it is working real hard! These are new things happening, I think the noise was always like that, but it was one quick click noise before.

A:HELP is my hard drive dying?

Sounds like the beginning of the end.

I'd copy all critical files, particularly personal data, to some other drive or disc. Sooner rather than later.

Then I would run the hard drive manufacturer's disk utility application to see if it turns up any errors.

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I have a hard drive that is dying on me. Its still working but on boot up, bios returns with a bad disk on start up. Able to resume and run windows as usual with minimal issues ( slow load times, slow saves etc) I bought a new HD and backed up the dying old one. My question is what would you suggest I do. Im not sure if I should just use the dying disk as a back up? Or perhaps raid the 2. Or perhaps another possibility.

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If a harddrive is dying or dead its not much good for anything anymore.All you can do is junk it.

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Two times in the last week when I have cold booted for the evening I have got a double beep, and a Bad Checksum error message in Dos right at the start. All my Bios seem to be reset ( back to factory settings maybe ?), and I have to go through changing them all back to what I need again. I know my clock battery could do with a change, but does it affect this ?. Anyone can help I would be grateful, thanks.

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Yes, most definitely, this is a sign that the cmos battery needs to be replaced.......however, before you do the change, write down all your settings...you'll need to go back in and redo them.

BTW, welcome to TSG!

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During each startup of my xp-(home) my computer has decided to start running a check disk before log in. I have 40 gig drive and this delay is quite long 20-30 min. This problem started after I l"cleaned my registry" karens registry pruner found @ http://www.karenware.com/ ...
my system
System AMD Athlon, 1008MHz
Memory 256MB RAM
Disk Drive C - 40gb 5200rpm maxtor
Video Rage Fury Pro
Internet MSIE 6.0; 5.1; Q312461; (R1 1.1)
Windows Windows XP

do I have a dying hard drive ?
Is there any way to turn this off ,or set it to run if it has as a problem?
Could the recently found Klez virus be the culprit?

any suggests s would be apprciated


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[1] Can you use "System Restore" to restore your system before you ran your "Registry Cleaner", thats probably the villian in this case.[2] The high mortality rate among computers are caused by users deleting things. [3] There is probably nothing wrong with your Hardrive. [4] Go here and have them run a free virus scan,
get rid of the virus. [5] would suggest you use your MS firewall
and a good virus program. [6] If everything else fails, re-install
XP. Have a good day, let me know how it turned out.

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So the last few days whenever I reboot my computer it gives me this error that says something like...
"A problem with the hard drive has been detected. Consult the troubleshooting section of your users manual. Press enter to continue"

And then it lets me boot up fine. I did a chkdsk C: /f /r and a defrag but still getting there error. My hard drive is also making this random "clicking" noise. It almost sounds as though a marble is being dropped in my hard drive. My guess is that its the hard drive going back trying to find that error on the hard drive or something. These are the errors i have gotten through event viewer:

Event ID: 52
The driver detected that drive \Device\Harddisk\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk. A failure may be imminent

Event ID: 51 (this one came up twice in one day)
An error detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation

Event ID: 9
The device, \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0, did not respond within the target period.

Event ID 1003
Error code 100000d1, Parameter 1 00000034, Parameter 2 00000002, Parameter 3 00000000, Parameter 4 F88C28F0

I am guessing that the hard drive is doomed to fail soon. Is there anything I can do or am I right to assume I should just get a new hard drive now? Thanks for the help

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a virus will sometimes cause a disk utility such as scandisk to report multiple serious disk errors.

but the clicking noise indicates the platters in the hard drive playing "bumper cars"...probably on its way out.

back up your info now

get a new hard drive and use xxclone to copy your operating system and programs

or just format the new hard drive, and slave the old one to it to copy your important data.

good luck

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I keep all my data on a Samsung hard disk drive. Recently when I tried to make my regular Macrium backup it failed with an error message indicating that there was a problem with the disk. I ran Crystaldisk which failed it and found 4 pending sectors. I then tried the Seagate disk tools (since Samsung hard drives have been taken over by Seagate since I bought mine) and got an error message saying disk fail, request replacement. However, it also suggested trying to zero-write the disk before returning in case that overwrote the bad sectors identified.

I've low level reformatted the disk a couple of times and wrritten zeros to the whole disk. Now neither Crystaldisk or Seagate tools can find anything wrong with the disk, and the low level formatting software I used found no bad sectors.

So is my disk fixed, or is it an expensive paperweight that's waiting to fail? For what it's worth, it's nearly three years old. WHen I bought it it came with a three year warrenty but Seagate doesn't seem to think it's covered by them any more. So despite being under warrenty I won't be able to replace it - especially if I've just gone and done something to it that has eliminated the bad sectors and made it look good again!

Incidentally as soon as I first got the Macrium message I swapped it for a good disk, so I haven't lost any data. But it would be nice to know if I should continue using it for non-intense things like non-critical data backups or not.

A:Is my hard drive dying?

Look at the label on the drive for a date, could be it was on a store shelf for awhile before you got it. Sometimes products don't get to the seller right away. If you have the sales slip/invoice from a reputable dealer Seagate should honor it or maybe you could return it to the seller you got it from. If the drive was handled like some cameras are with the Gray Market, it may not have a legitimate entry into the country.

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Hi all
i just wanted to know, how do you tell if your hard drive is dying.
i am on windows 98 and it is a compaq computer it is two years old, i started to get the blue screen saying cant read c drive, then sometimes it was not enough memory, i have done adaware and that has fixed most of the problems and only once in the last week i have got a blue screen. i shut down the puter and when i went to restart it, it went to do a scan as it said it wasnt shut down right, but it was, Anyway after it did the scan it said that it found a bad sector and it might become unstable.
i have not reformated as i dont know what that is, as i am only learning as i go.
This is some info about the puterMicrosoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A
Clean install using /T:C:\WININST0.400 /SrcDir=C:\WINDOWS\OPTIONS\CABS /IS /IW /IQ /ID /IV /IZ /II /NR /II /C /U:xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
IE 5 5.00.2919.6307
Uptime: 0:05:44:54
Normal mode
On "DEFAULT" as "Default"
Compaq Computer Corporation
GenuineIntel x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 3
65% system resources free
Windows-managed swap file on drive C (12943MB free)
Available space on drive C: 12943MB of 14338MB (FAT32)
Available space on drive D: 141MB of 294MB (FAT32)
hope this info is a help
look forward to hearing back from you all


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i forgot to say that everything else is going good. i still can save and download have no other trouble apart from that message
ok then thanks

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Hello all,

I am experiencing a problem with my computer which I believe is being caused by one of my data hard drives

Before I go into details here is my current hardware:

Q6600 3.0GHZ
6GB PC2 6400 800mhz (2x 2gb/2x 1gb)
Nvidia GTX 275 896mb
Onboard soundcard
Windows 7 x64
Jeantech 1000W PSU

Operating system is on 500GB drive
++ two 1TB data drives (2.5TB total storage)

The problem:

Upon accessing certain files in one of my 1TB drives, I hear a distictive "click/lockup/halt" sound and then the entire system crashes (first the drive will become inaccessible, then windows explorer will crash, followed by the mouse and eventually a BSOD after a minute)

My sixth sense is telling me there must be certain portions of this drive which are extremely corrupted/malfunctioning - an uneducated guess as to what could be happening.

Possible causes:
I rarely defragment (once a year?) and I am always working with/shifting around massive uncompressed video files (30GB+)

I haven't had to format my operating system for a few years, so could there be corrupted registry files? I haven't used any registry clean up/checking software

PSU issue? Bear in mind the computer has operated flawlessly for the past year and the crash appears to coincide with opening/accessing certain files

Generic hardware malfunction
Things I've tried:
Error checking tool (this process itself crashes the "faulty" 1TB drive after about 10 seconds causing... Read more

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Dying HDD


Do you have or have you tried using a different PSU to see if it the cause - and PSU intermittent fault is one of the hardest faults to trace without a meter - and can cause some serious head scratching issues.

It is unlikely that the cables would work loose.

Have you tried disconnecting the 1TB and then booting to see if you have the same problem. If you disconnect it then boot and everything runs fine then you deffo have a problem with the 1TB and yes it can bring down the rest of the system.

If however, you still have the problem then you could seriously ascertain that the 500gb could be the culprit and not the 1TB.


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Which device is the problem?

My harddrive is starting to make 'click' noises where it sounds like it powers down, and then immediately starts to power back up (I can hear the disks start to spin up again). When this happens my computer freezes for a second. Problem is, I dont know if it's a harddrive going bad, or if its the powersupply going bad. And if it's a harddrive, I don't know which one it would be. I have 3 harddrives, and to run my system I need at least 2 going (maybe all three).

Any suggestions for finding out which hardware is bad before I lose any data????

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Hey everyone, I went into Speedfan and got a Fitness level of 0% on my hard drive :/ I got a warning from HD Tuner Pro as well. If my hard drive dying? As far as I am aware it is still under warranty.

Here is a screen capture of them both.

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Recently my Laptop (toshiba 2545 cds) running 1st Ed Win 98, is booting up slowly. But sometimes it doesn't fully boot at all.

I noticed it when the screen froze up early in the day.
Each time it did it I hear a faint pop over the speakers.

Normally, when I try to boot up the computer. I get a strong flashing HD lights and some dim flickering.

Lately, when I reboot, I've noticed that the HD light flicker rapidly and dimly.

It was a fast to boot up the Anti-virus pre-scan and the The toshiba (red) splash screen logo too.

But then I'd either get a blank black screen and or a blank black screen with a tiny hour glass in the center of it. Sometimes that would be for quite awhile, then if it took too long it would just shut down.

Then sometimes it would reach the Windows splash screen and boot up.
Forget about the safe mode restart, it will shutdown, but not complete the start up. It also did that or a regular restart too.

I did a Scan Disk and a disk De-frag, neither reported any problems. But I do have a few bad bytes or clusters (312k worth approx).

Is this the beginning of the end for my hard drive?
Or is this the time to reboot windows 98 again.
The second option, is such a pain and takes quite some time to re-install all the programs.

I ran a Hijack and found no problems.
I ran a spybot and found no bots.
I ran a spyblaster and had no problems
I ran a few Antivirus programs (Dos, Memory and drive C) and found no viruses.
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My computer occasionally makes buzzing noises that last approximately 5 seconds. The computer does not stall in any way, nothing flickers, there is no noticable change in performance while this happens. I am not certain if this buzzing is caused by the CD-ROM Drive (Which I doubt -- it is new and works ok) or by my hard drive (which is frightening, but the computer works fine) or by some other peripheral.

I have experienced some problems whena DVD is in the drive while booting up the computer, but I have been advised just to remove the DVD to avoid them (Someone suggested it was a virusscan issue)

Is it possible that the Hard drive is on its way out even though the buzzing doens't effect the performance at all?

Either way, I'm backing up right now!


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I reformatted my hard drive due to OS issues, I was running a trial version of Server 2003 along with XP Pro, and I had to get rid of Server 2003 because it was conflicting with XP Pro, and so the only way to do that was by reformatting both hard drives including XP Pro because Server 2003 was acting as the dominant OS, so I backed up all my ****, and reinstalled XP Pro, but now I get this hard drive problem that it says only 51 Gigs are remaining on a 250GB Hard drive, when the only thing installed on that hard drive is XP pro and maybe 15 applications, I tried using every program I can think of to find hidden files that equal a huge size but nothing shows up, and I ran a diagnostics check on both hard drives and each one is running healthy and no files can be found that equal a huge size....so if anyone has any input on this please help me out.

Programs Used:
Paragon Partition Manager Professional Edition - says both HD's are running smoothly
Effective File Search - can't find files larger than 20 GB
Prime95 - stress test passed

So yeah I am out of ideas on this one...any input would be great!

It's a small problem so I'm really not that worried about it, its not like that 250GB HD is my only HD.

A:Hard Drive Possibly Dying...

Since you formatted and re-installed windows xp pro have you installed all of the special drivers for the chipset, buss, network, video, audio and others, these usually can be found on the motherboard manufacturers web site or the manufacturer of the computers site.

I know the capacity of the hard drive is supposed to be 250 Gb but what does windows say it is?

Have you installed any service packs yet? This is important as windows only sees something like 128 Gb with out service pack 2 installed II believe.

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I have WDC WD5000BEVT-22A0RT0 500gb disk and CrystalDiskInfo gives me a warning/caution message
"Reallocated Sector Count,
Current: 200 Worst: 200 Treshold: 140 Raw values 000000000001"
"Current Pending Sector Count,
Current: 200 Worst: 200 Treshold: 140 Raw values 000000000007"

HDD regenerator give me a warning
"Attr 7,
Seek Error Rate changed
[100 253 0] -> [200 200 0]

Attr 197
Current Pending Sector Count changed from 4 to 7 sectors

Backup Data Immediately!"

I have made Checkdisk from Windows, LOG file is attached. Can someone tell me what's going on, is this a sign that my hard drive is dying?


A:Is this a sign that my hard drive is dying?

It's a sign of declining health, not necessarily imminent death.

Personally, I'd make sure I had my data backed up and I would get another drive.

You could run the WD Data Lifeguard drive test if you want.

If it's under warranty, maybe they will replace it if it fails the tests.
A SMART error about reallocated sector count is definitely not a good sign and may well get worse. Keep an eye on the raw value count to see if it moves up.

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(This is thread is also posted on the malware section at http://forums.techguy.org/virus-other-malware-removal/1134651-pxe-messages-bsod-etc-malware.html)


My Gateway NE56R is having bad problems involving BSOD, PXE-E61 and PXE-MOF error messages, system crashes and hangs. The trouble started a few days ago after I foolishly clinked on a spam email link that may have been malware/spyware bait. When I realized I may have downloaded a virus, I used my Windows Recovery Partition to delete my entire operating system and restore the computer to factory default settings. The BSOD/PXE crashes came back, though.

I am now wondering if the problem is that my hard drive is dying on me due to age (I bought the computer two years ago) or if malware/virus may have infected the system restore software that resides in the Windows Recovery Partition. I suspect the latter cause, because my computer has never been exposed to any trauma that would break moving parts. I've only been using the computer for two years. Either way, I'm not sure, though.


Is there any way I can run some tests to find out which is the problem here? I'm not a techie. I'd appreciate any advice offered.


Gateway NE56R
Windows 7 (Service Pack 1)
Intel (R) Pentium (R) CUP B950 @ 2.10 Ghz 2.10 GHz
4.00 GB (3.84 GB available)
64 bit OS


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A:Help: Does this mean my hard drive is dying? How can I test it?

Hello, use a working computer to download and create a rescue disk like Hiren's, Falcon, UBCD, and boot the computer with it, then from the many available tools you can do a hard disk and memory diagnostic

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My son's computer, Dell Inspiron 2650 P4 1.6GH, 512 MB RAM, Windows XP SP2,
Sometimes it will take two or three re-boots to get windows to load completely The desk top will show but none of the icons. After it finally boots all the way there are no other problems. Is the hard drive going or could it be something else?

A:Solved: hard drive dying?

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my HDD Which is 8 yr old is slowly dying. Help Please?

P.S My Data Is Backed Up.

A:Hard Drive Dying slowly.

PC Specs : Dell Inspation 1420
3.25 GB of Ram
Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo Processer 2.00 Ghz
Sata 250 GB HDD ( Dying Slowly )
Antivirus: AVG 2014 ( Expired Licence)
HDD GB free : 93.something GB Free
( Dying Slowly)

Suddenly Sped Up When Start To Die.

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Okay, here is the situation. My HD is dying, I recently received the "4th master hard disk SMART error, status: BAD" and am not able to get into Windows. I just picked up an external HD (a LaCie 160 gig to be exact) and I need to get files off of the dying 30 gig HD. I was just going to take out the dying HD and slave it to my girlfriends PC (it's fast) and then hook up my new external drive (USB) and transfer the files. My question is this, what is the easiest and safest way to do this? (I don't need all 30 gigs of info on the dying HD, just a little over 15 gigs: my audio projects, artwork, music, installation programs, etc.)

Should I just copy and paste the folders I need from the dying hard drive to the external drive? Or should I install a ghost and hard drive cloning program on my girlfriend's PC and copy the dying HD that way? Please let me know what is the most efficient and safe way to get the files I need. Thanks in advance!

A:Copying a Dying Hard Drive

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I reformatted my hard drive due to OS issues, I was running a trial version of Server 2003 along with XP Pro, and I had to get rid of Server 2003 because it was conflicting with XP Pro, and so the only way to do that was by reformatting both hard drives including XP Pro because Server 2003 was acting as the dominant OS, so I backed up all my ****, and reinstalled XP Pro, but now I get this hard drive problem that it says only 51 Gigs are remaining on a 250GB Hard drive, when the only thing installed on that hard drive is XP pro and maybe 15 applications, I tried using every program I can think of to find hidden files that equal a huge size but nothing shows up, and I ran a diagnostics check on both hard drives and each one is running healthy and no files can be found that equal a huge size....so if anyone has any input on this please help me out.

Programs Used:
Paragon Partition Manager Professional Edition - says both HD's are running smoothly
Effective File Search - can't find files larger than 20 GB
Prime95 - stress test passed

So yeah I am out of ideas on this one...any input would be great!

It's a small problem so I'm really not that worried about it, its not like that 250GB HD is my only HD.

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I own a Fantom external harddrive...which I primarily use for back up purposes. Unfortunately, I managed to place some non backed pictures on this drive. It was working great on Sunday, when i did my weekly backup, but noticed it sounded funny this morning. Now...it does not seem to be working at all.

I can hear it spin when i power it up...but it is not recognized under my computer. I get an error that indicates "one of the usb devices has malfunctioned", listing it as an unknown device with no drivers installed.

Any ideas for remedy. I would really appreciate one more opportunity to access this drive!!

I once heard someone say that placing it in the freezer may help. I am a bit reluctant to do this.


A:Dying External hard drive

How does it appear in Disk Management?

Right-click Computer > Manage > Disk Management.

You could try to access it by connecting it internally. You have a much better chance of recovering data (and you can find out if the enclosure or the drive is malfunctioning) if it is connected internally.

There is also the old "freezer" trick that works sometimes. Wrap in plastic and freeze as cold as you can get it. There is no reason why you can't put the whole enclosure in the freezer instead of just the drive. Sometimes that will give you some access until it warms up.

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Just today I noticed my hard drive "creaking" a lot. It sounds somewhat like a door creaking.

It happens every time I open a folder or an application or sometimes jsut by moving the mouse.

When the computer is completely idle the noise is usually not there, although sometimes it makes little creaks even when its idle.

The hard drive is a few years old (not more than 2.5) and has been reformatted a few times.
I am assuming this noise is from the hard drive b/c I don't see how it oculd be anything else, and that is also where I hear it from.

A:hard drive creak.. is it.... dying???

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Hi there, this is my first post on here, i decided to sign up to tech guy as it seemed one of the best tech support forums online.

I think the hard drive in my notebook is dying i first had some brief inclings after downloading some files on utorrent and having Data errors pop up (Cyclic redundancy check) errors. after viewing their forums this stems from hard drive failure.

That was little over a week ago, now ive tried logging into my word of warcraft game and characters got stuck in instances and the game would crash, as of today i cannot log in at all, missing files upon startup, after viewing my computer properties i seem to have 10GB free now, and there was little more than 1 or 2 last week, so im guessing its deleting files or im not sure whats happening..

I seem to be having loads of errors pop up now, and media read failure on my cd drive alot, does this stem from hard drive failure?

My question is what do i do now?

Im on a notebook so cant just take and out the hard drive and replace it. Is the easiest option for me to buy an external hard drive and do the following:

1: copy all my existing data to that drive
2: do a full hard drive clean on this one using something like www.dban.org
3: just start saving future items to the new hard drive and never use the faulty one

Is that correct?

Im sort of getting confused, if i do just start using the new hard drive, will i have to boot from that drive every time windows starts up, if so im guessing id have to use tha... Read more

A:Solved: Hard Drive dying - Now What?

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Earlier today I was playing the GZDoom port of Doom, with MapleStory minimized in the background(to run my in-game shop). GZDoom froze up(I was playing a rather resource-heavy map) which required a restart as I couldn't kill it in Task Manager(I have had this issue with GZDoom before).

On restart I come back to the PC and see it's running CHKDSK. This really concerned me, though all it found were a few misplaced file tables, and some orphaned JPG files, which it moved and I restarted. I eventually ran CHKDSK again and it found nothing misplaced, and downloaded and ran WD's HDD diagnostic. SMART test passed with no errors. I didn't run the sector check(it'll take about 4 hours to run).

So am I paranoid in thinking there may be a potential drive failure here? I'm not sure but I guess the problem could be just some misplaced files(I had some issues with uTorrent recently- this check didn't run on my last reboot) and other checks are showing no issues but I also don't want this drive to die all of a sudden without going out and buying a replacement drive first- but those cost money and I'm not overloaded so I'd have to sell a few things off. Things I'd prefer to keep if possible... and I just got done paying a $500 doctor's bill off o I don't need yet another emergency expense.

In anyone's opinion, is this drive facing possible failure or errors, or is this just a minor issue?

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A:Is my hard drive dying, or am I paranoid?

Just personal opinion and others may disagree, but I don't think you're facing imminent hard drive failure. Chances are the chkdisk or WD diagnostic test would have alerted you to a problem. Having said that, I also believe that every hard drive will some day fail. It's not a question of if it will fail, but when it will fail. For that reason, and because most of us have hard to replace data on our drives, it's more important than ever to have backups and system images saved to another external hard drive.

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I need all advices possible please, because I don't want to buy 1 hard drive every few years.

A:How do you prevent a Hard Drive from dying?

The only way to prevent that from happening is to never buy one! What HDD are you looking at buying? The best thing to do is buy a quality hard drive from the start. Like Western Digital, Maxtor etc. I personally have only had 1 fail on me over the years.

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I have an SSD for C drive, operating system on that and then I have 2 Seagate 2GB hard drives that I keep movies and TV shows, one is D: and the other is E:
Well D is the one that is dying, so I bought another, back up my stuff and thought I could just pull the cables on it and plug in the new one, but noooooooo, the pc wouldn't even boot
Any suggestions?

Ok, I think I see why it will not boot, the D: drive has the system reserve on it? Right?

Anyway I getting rid of this?

A:Secondary hard drive is dying, but how do I swap it out for another?

First, you must mark Disk 2 (C) Active, then

unplug Disk 0 and Disk 1, then

run startup repair until Disk 2 (C) boots on it`s own.

When you installed windows on the ssd, you should not have had the other 2 drives plugged in.

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I got so confused searching for a solution I decided to ask for specific detailed answer. My 80 year old brain doesn't help especially since I am not a techie, just to poor to pay to have it done!!!
I am getting notices that my 8 year old Win 7 laptop 80 GB HDD has a problem, but it still works and I haven't used it since the notices appeared.
I purchased another 80 GB HDD.
How do I clone the existing HDD to my external HDD, install the new HDD and transfer the clone to the new HDD and have it boot with all the existing programs and files working as before.
I appreciate someone's help.

A:Need to replace dying hard drive in laptop.

You could try a clone. Or you could try an imaging procedure.

Either can work or fail.

I'd say the best tool for the job is Macrium Reflect Free Edition. It will clone or image. It's free.

Windows 7 has a built-in imaging capability, but it can be confusing if you are unfamiliar with it.

With Macrium Reflect, the general procedure would be:

Install Macrium.

Use it to make an image file. Save the image file on the external disc.

Make a "recovery" CD with Macrium.

Install your new hard drive.

Boot from the recovery CD and navigate to the image file you made.

"Restore" that image file to the new hard drive.

That's the basic procedure, but it's not foolproof. Neither is cloning.

Are you ready, willing, and able to reinstall Windows and all of your applications if cloning and imaging fail?

Have you backed up your personal data, bookmarks, and email to the external hard drive? That would probably be my first concern as the old hard drive may expire in 2 minutes for all we know.

Can you give the exact message you are getting about a bad hard drive? What is giving you this message?

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My WD Caviar WD2500JS has started making weird noises. When I power-up the PC, the drive starts making high-pitched clicks and ticks, at one point when Windows booted, the drive wasn't visible in Explorer. However, now it's still working normaly. It makes those ticks and clicks while powering on but continues to work. It's about 2.5 years old and I'm pretty sure it's dying..

Now, I have about 5 months left on my warranty, how can I speed up the dying process? What's the most intensive operation for a drive? Writing, reading?

I'm asking because the place where I bought it from is not too customer friendly and I could have a lot of hassle with them for my warranty, if the drive isn't completely dead.

A:Hard drive dying (most likely)...how do I kill it completely?

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Basically, one morning, right before the Windows XP loading screen, the PC attempts to read from C:\ drive before showing the message "System Disc I/0 error".

The situation is that BIOS can detect the faulty hard drive, and the hard drive also appears in Windows XP but I can't double-click on the hard drive.

Basically, I use getdataback and while its scanning, a lot of bad sectors are shown, but I just let it ignore them and continue the scan which takes long but I don't mind waiting. However, at say, around, 50%, the hard drive will simply "power down", which effectively, makes it disappear from Windows. When I restart PC, it comes back. Everytime I scan with GetDataBack, the hard drive always powers down at one point, so I can never 100% scan it. The HDD is still "running" (there is a normal low vibration from the HDD, which indicates its "on"), so I'm not sure what's going on.

What's the issue with the hard drive (apart from its dying)?

I was able to get a few files back from the 50% but not all. I'm pretty confident I can get the files I need if GetDataBack can scan up to 100%, if it weren't for the eventual "power downs". I'm pretty sure it's not the power cable since I swapped the power supply with another one. Not the IDE cable either, which I swapped too.

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I'm running a 2 year old MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6, and i recently got a new Lacie 2TB hard drive in which i put about 500gigs worth of files on. Something happened, i dunno if i disconnected it while i was transferring them, or if the hard drive did it after the matter, but 75% of the stuff on that hard drive is now screwed up. By screwed up i mean that the files(mainly Pictures and videos) are either unreadable or readable but have lines through them(example: http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/681/img9446l.jpg ). The working 25% i had transfered at a later date.

Things to note:

-The thumbnails for the images look fine, but when you actually open the image they reveal to be corrupt
-When accessing the corrupt data, my processor locks out at 100% full usage and finder crashes until i restart
-Other files on my hard drive are fine, i even reformatted using that drive
-My hard drive runs in RAID, but im not sure if its RAID 0 or RAID 1, I'm pretty sure its RAID 0 since i have access to the full 2TB.

What i have already tried:

-Using MacKeeper to try and undelete the files from where i originally copied them from, but that failed.
-Using Drive Genius 2 to run an Integrity Check on the drive with the corrupt files which seemed to turn out ok.

So am i screwed? or is there any chance in saving these files?

A:Hard Drive dying? or files just corrupt

It looks like a problem with your graphics card displaying them, probably not the files themselves. Do you have access to another computer to view the same files?

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