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Replace failing hard drive

Question: Replace failing hard drive

Hello,I have backed up my c drive (operating system) to an external usb drive using Acronis TI 10. Here is my plan - is it going to work?1. Replace hard drive with new (identical model) drive2. Boot up with my XP installation disc. Create 2 partitions and format them. Back out of the installation without installing XP.3. Boot up with my Acronis TI boot disc. Restore my C drive image from my usb drive to the new partition on my new drive. Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: Replace failing hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Replace failing hard drive

Hello,I see no reason why this wont work, but. Is there so much stuff on there that would be difficult to replace, apps etc. Reason I ask is that starting afresh with a clean format and clean install gives the pc a new lease of life. Theres 2 programs i use, 1 called nlite the other called drivermax pro. The latter will backup existing installed drivers to a file. Nlite will create a windows disc from your existing win xp disc but will also include all your drivers from the file you created with drivermax. So what happens is, you start the instilation of windows, come back later and windows is installed with the settings you want and all your drivers are there. 1 step job done. nlite will also backup programs but to be honest I have never done this.Hope this helps, have a think about it.

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Toshiba C55 series with a failing hard drive.

My first attempt was to clone the drives using my Acronis True Image 2015.
Formatted the new drive and placed in the PC. Old HD in a USB drive enclosure.
Booted from the TI "Bootable Rescue Media.."
As soon as it started to #3 it stopped "Clone operation failed...."
Messed with this a couple of times and decided to change approach.

Use System Image
Went to CP, File History, System Image Backup
As soon as I clicked on S..I..B.., I got the following:
"The resource loader cache doesn't have loaded MUI entry. (0x80073B01)" (Showing up top that its in "Backup and Restore (Windows 7))

I really don't care what method I use, (I have used both above many times).

Pete

Answer:Failing to replace failing laptop hard drive

Hi, it would help to clearly state what your objective is-
- to recover personal data
- to recover your Windows installation
- both

Is your failing drive partitioned?

How have you determined it is failing? Erratic behaviour? SMART parameters? Noise?

For example, I've had a case where my partition structure was lost, but the data and disk were ok, and I recovered the partition structure (MFT).

So I'll assume you primarily need to copy data off, rather than save your Windows installation. Why? If your disk is very unreliable I can't see you'll be able to do the latter.

Assuming you basically want to copy data off it with no guarantee everything is readable, trying to use disk imaging is inappropriate. Why? A failure to read whilst creating the image will render the whole image useless.

Connecting the disk as an external drive is fine. Question is, do you have access to another working PC? If not, you need either
a. a replacement hard disk for your existing PC and install Windows
b. a boot disk (not Acronis I'd say, unless it supports simple copying
(Free boot disks were available with BIOS, but it's harder if your PC uses UEFI - do some research on that)

So using (a or b) get a feel for what areas of your now external failing disk are readable, and copy them.
(There are tricks like putting it in a freezer (using a plastic bag to avoid condensation when you take it out)).

Once you have done that, think about examining your failing disk. Is it really failing?
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I recently dropped my laptop and now I get a short dst error. I've been told the only solution is to replace my hard drive, I want to know how much a replacement will be for my hard drive. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Cost to replace a failing hard drive

Where do you live (country)? The market varies a bit but if you live in a major US city and can do the labor yourself it is somewhere between $50 and $150, depending on the size and speed and quality of the drive you choose for a replacement. let us know if you need a service manual and a link to buy a drive. 

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Okay, I thought that I had it. Started having S.M.A.R.T. messages at boot. So, I figured that I could use a new hard drive. I followed the directions, created a backup to a clean, formatted USB flash drive. Successful backup. A rescue disk was also burned.

Took my brand new hard drive, connected it up. Inserted my rescue desk, connected my USB, and started the restore. 90 mins later, failure. "Error details: The operation failed due to device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation. (0x8078012D). I did as suggested, no errors noted. 90 mins later. Repeat failure.

Any ideas? Cloning software?

Answer:Hard drive failing. Trying to replace. Restore failures.

You have a disk error. You have to fix that first as was suggested.

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Intro:
My Gateway Vista 32 laptop has recently had a failing hard drive. I even lost the ability to signon as my admin user, due to an unwriteable sector, could only get on as Guest, also sustained many crashes. I was able to save all my data (long story) including thousands of email. I have gotten a new Win 7 laptop with 500g HD, but I can no longer run my AmiPro 16 bit software which ran great on my Vista 32, and which is important to me.

In recovering my data, I removed my 130 gig hard drive and placed it in a StarTech ATA Hard Drive Docking Station, where it still runs very well connected by USB to my Win 7 laptop where it shows as drives E (recovery) and F (old C drive). Using it as a secondary partition on my Win 7 laptop allowed me to access the User admin data I hadn't been able to access before, so I was able to recover tens of thousands of my old emails. And I'm quite sure that the Recovery partition there is in good shape.

Therefore, my plan is to repair my Gateway Vista by installing a new SSD hard drive. But I have no experience in doing this, so hope for some help.

1. First I will try to make a clone of the recovery partition on a DVD or CD. How?

2. Then I will install the new SSD hard drive into the Gateway Vista 32 computer.

3. Then I will reload windows from the CD of the recovery partition. How?

4. Then I will go on line to windows update to get all the updates since 2008 when I got this computer.

5. Where do I get updated drivers? How?

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Answer:Want to replace failing hard drive with SSD on Vista 32 with Recovery partiton

I still haven't gotten any help, just advertisements. So I'm still on step 1. How do I create a bootable CD from my Recovery partition on my original HD which is in my external docking station as the E drive? Any advice?






Originally Posted by ralphyde


Intro:
My Gateway Vista 32 laptop has recently had a failing hard drive. I even lost the ability to signon as my admin user, due to an unwriteable sector, could only get on as Guest, also sustained many crashes. I was able to save all my data (long story) including thousands of email. I have gotten a new Win 7 laptop with 500g HD, but I can no longer run my AmiPro 16 bit software which ran great on my Vista 32, and which is important to me.

In recovering my data, I removed my 130 gig hard drive and placed it in a StarTech ATA Hard Drive Docking Station, where it still runs very well connected by USB to my Win 7 laptop where it shows as drives E (recovery) and F (old C drive). Using it as a secondary partition on my Win 7 laptop allowed me to access the User admin data I hadn't been able to access before, so I was able to recover tens of thousands of my old emails. And I'm quite sure that the Recovery partition there is in good shape.

Therefore, my plan is to repair my Gateway Vista by installing a new SSD hard drive. But I have no experience in doing this, so hope for some help.

1. First I will try to make a clone of the recovery partition on a DVD or CD. How?

2. Then ... Read more

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I am helping a friend who wants to replace a failing drive in a RAID 1 Array.

The steps I have taken are:
1. Backed up the functional hard drive.
2. Removed and replaced the failing drive with an identical drive, same manufactuer and same size.
(the drive was formatted prior to installing)
3. Booted the machine and used Ctrl+I to enter the raid setup.
4. The options are numbered 1 through 6, but the #1 option, to create a RAID 1, is unavailable.
(it's dimmed out)
5. The 2 drives show with the original drive listed as Member Disk and the new drive Non-RAID.

My question is how can I enable the number 1 option? I do not want to do a format of the functional drive, but just replace the failing drive and have a RAID 1 Array.

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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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A friend brought me her computer. It is a Sony Vasio Laptop model: PCG-5K1L. It has a Hitachi 250GB 5400RPM SATA HDD that has failed do to physical damage (she dropped it). Is it possible to move all the data, including the Vista Home Premium OS from the old HDD to a new HDD so she doesn't have to buy a new OS?

She's had the computer for awhile and doesn't have any restore or repair disks. I happen to have a Vista repair disk (from an old laptop). Am I able to install the repair disk on the new HDD and then use the product key on the underside of her computer to install Vista?

Thanks for your help. If this topic has been covered successfully in this forum in the past, just link me to it. I tried looking but am not exactly sure how to phrase the search question. I've looked, but not satisfied with what I have been finding.

Thanks
 

Answer:How do I take Vista off my old failing hard drive and move it to a new hard drive?

In spite of the physical damage you can still read the hard drive? Try cloning the drive or imaging the needed partitions. I use Macrium Reflect Free. Easeus Todo Backup is another free one, and there are lots more.

Am I able to install the repair disk on the new HDD and then use the product key on the underside of her computer to install Vista?Click to expand...

Only if the "repair disk" is a Vista installation DVD. Repair disks just include the Recovery Console programs (I probably don't have the correct term there) to fix issues with booting and startup, etc.
 

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My hard drive started making funny clicking noises and the pc pitstop checkup gave me a response time of 77ms and a warning that it could expire shortly. So i bought a new 80 gb hard drive, installed it, partitioned it no problem, but i now want to swap all the data from my old hard drive to my new one (os and all), and then junk the old drive.
How can i do this without spending money on software that i will probably only use once or twice.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

the pipster
 

Answer:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

XXClone
HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
DriveClonerXP
PCI CloneMaxx
 

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Hello,
It's been a terrible two weeks as far as computers go! At first I thought I had malware, but after spending 4 days going through all the different tests, I found out that I had no malware, but I had a system crash on the day in question. SO, I spent another 3 or 4 days in the software forum trying to get my computer up to speed once again. Finally, after all that time and many, many headaches and sleepless nights, my computer was back to normal....fast and perfectly running like the day I built it not 6 months ago! That was until the next day, when Windows started telling me my hard drive was failing! UUUGGGGHHH!
So, anyway, I have a Seagate SATA II 320gb drive that is literally 6 months old that is failing. I recently purchased another Seagate SATA 300gb hard drive for another computer that I was about to start building over the holidays (until my nice little encounter with computer nastiness!). I was wondering how I would go about transferring my files from the one drive to the other? I tried backing everything up to disk, but it failed about halfway through the first of ten disks! What is a RAID setup, and would it be any good for my situation? I am really finding out that I am computerally challenged, but we all have to start somewhere, so please be gentle with me and assume that I know NOTHING....you're probably right! Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for all you guys do, and if you need any other info, just let me know. I a... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Failing....how do I transfer files to new hard drive?

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=d9fd4a3cdde5c010VgnVCM100000dd04090aRCRD
This is a free download from Seagate that will copy the entire drive from the old drive to the new one (read the Data Migration section). For more info: http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf
 

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

Answer:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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My primary HDD was failing so I backed it up and replaced it with a larger 1TB drive.  After reinstalling everything the new drive is displaying the same size as my old drive and the extra space available is unallocated.  I can allocate it as
a separate drive but I find that annoying and would prefer to just have my primary C: drive show up with all of the available space.  I formatted the extra space and made it available separately as drive G hoping that I could EXPAND drive C but that option
is not highlighted as selectable on drive C for some reason.  Should I just live with this extra space or is there a way to easily combine C and the new G space?

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

Answer:Hard Disk Failure - what is cost to replace hard drive in 10...

Hi Rebecca, Contact an HP Service Center or a PC or laptop shop and ask them that. This is not a business unit of HP We do not provide prices for HP's services. We are volunteers. If you want to change it out yourself, then that is a different matter.  We can advise you as to what type hard disk or SSD is needed and show how to replace it.  

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Product # LR656UA#ABA - warranty expired. Ran system test at boot up error message (F2 Hard Disk Test)... Hard disk failed the test. How do i get hard disk replaced A.S.A.P. (i need it "yesterday"!) and how much does it cost?Thanks. Rebecca

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my c: was failing so i replaced it. i have my new drive up and running and i have my old drive set as slave f: until i can get the files off. i was hoping to use xcopy to just mirror the old drive onto the new drive.well, either my expectations were way to high or i'm an idiot because i can't seem to make it work. my real problem now is to get my old outlook express files from the old drive to the new. is there any way to copy my existing outlook express data from the old drive to the new? 

Answer:hard drive failing: transfer all files from old drive to new

The below program has a 15 full function trial.http://www.drive-image.com/?GGLAW900

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Hi guys.

I've got a Dell Dimension 2400, and my Hard Drive is the MAXTOR 6E040L0 (DiamondMax Plus 8). According to the Dell Disk Monitoring system, (SMART or whatever) my drive 0 on the primary IDE channel, which I take to be my hard drive, is operating out of normal specifications. It said that it is advisable to get a new hard drive.

So I plan on getting a new ATA/133 IDE hard drive but i need to know a few things. My C: drive basically my hard drive, RIGHT? (please clarify if i'm wrong). So if my current maxtor hard drive fails, will the C: drive be inaccessible or will the C: drive disappear from My Computer, or what? Really don't know about this issue.

If I remove my current hard drive from my computer, will my computer still work? As in, will i be able to start my computer, but not be able to access any files? Also, will the C: Drive disappear?

Also I was wondering about those external USB connection hard drives. Are they just plug and play like a gigantic USB flash drive or do I need to install them in the computer. Also for the external USB hard drives, will there be a separate drive on My Computer, for me to access the files on the external hard drive e.g. F: drive or G: drive or H: drive, etc.

Also, are there any factors or limitations to what type of hard drive I can get for my Dell Dimension 2400. I current hard drive is 40gb, 3.5inch, ATA/133, IDE/EIDE, 7200 RPM. If I can have all these features, but say the hard drive is hypothetically, 32... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive failing, need to get new hard drive, 1st need to know ton of things, HELP!

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Hello,

For the past 6 or so months, sometimes my hard drive would make a sound.. sort of a clicking sound from time to time and then it would stop being detected.

Other times if I did as little as take off the case cover and then put it back on, it would stop detecting.

To remedy this I would try different things and it seemed to work when I put the sata cable into the other sata slot, and everytime I did this and restarted, it seemed to work. But sometimes it wouldn't work.

Specs:
ASUS SK8N w/ AMD fx51 2.2ghz 64 bit
512mbx2 Corsair
ATI 9800xt 256mb
HDD1: EIDE 80GB
HDD2: SATA 200GB <-this one

I don't know if it's either the SATA interface that's in trouble? or this has something to do with drivers? but the hard drive does make sounds, and sometimes would work fine for days without any problems, but if I restart my computer and do even the slightest movement with the wires in the computer or what not and it would stop working.

I checked the powersupply, did voltage tests and everything seemed to be normal. I don't know and I don't think it's the PSU that's the problem surely.

So what say you? THanks.

Answer:Is my hard drive failing?

Back-up your S**t ASAP this happened to me and it died all the way!
whats happening is the read/write heads are skipping along the disk causing it to malfunction. a slight tap can cause it to skip so backing up would be the first priority , trust me this happened to me with a 40GB IDE Seagate and it ended up going for target practices


literally

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First off i have a Seagate sshd hybrid 2tb.

So if im using applications or playing games etc. i hear a little 2 second noise coming from my hard drive then game will freeze for 20-30 seconds then return and play fine. My mouse still moves just everything is unresponsive.

Like i opened Archeage (MMORPG) i clicked on my character loaded 100% saw scenery then hard drive made a quick weird noise then game stopped for about 30 seconds replaying sound (but i could move the mouse) then it unfroze and could play just fine.

Any thoughts?
Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive failing?

You might be well served to download Seagate's drive health software tools and check drive.

SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

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When I restarted my computer this morning. A screen came up telling me that my Harddrive might be about to fail and that I should back up all of my files.

I downloaded HDDlife and ran it and it told me the same thing (log attached)

So I wnet out and bopught a new hard drive and want to install it. I believe waht I wan to do is "image" the new ddrive so that I can keep all of the files and the OS running as they were.

Can anyone help out?

Thanks
 

Answer:Failing Hard drive...

Norton Ghost is a good place to start if you want to swap drives using an image. I've used Ghost in the past to create bootable recovery CD/DVD's which worked perfectly.

My advice is, if you have time and want to make life easy in the future is. Backup all your files, music and everything else to DVD or another HDD if you can before your drive fails. If the drive is making weird sounds and stalling now and then, clicking then it's near the end of the road.

You could.. do a clean install of Windows (I assume Windows) on your new drive, install all your updated drivers and SP's then use Ghost to make an image of your fresh and clean install. In the future if you want to reinstall the OS you can use Ghost to do it in 15 - 40 minutes! You'll never have to run through all the updates from the start again! Copy your saved files from your DVD's or HDD to the correct places and all is back to normal.

I suggest the above for a number of reasons, one of which is not putting your old drive under alot of pressure and maybe killing it off before you get all your files. What ever you do, backup everything important right away!

There are many good guides to google when it comes to using Ghost and progs like it to copy your system from drive to drive.

good luck
 

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Today I was on this web site and I tried to scroll down and everthing froze up. My screen got dim, then went blank, then a black screen came up saying my boot selection failed and a required device is inaccessible, status: 0xc000000e. Does any one know what this means? Every since then my computer has been unstable, crashing a number of times. Only thing i've done was split my page file. I left the min. amount on my system drive and put the rest on another drive. Both drives are solid state. Could this be the cause of my failure?

Answer:Hard drive failing?

The error means no such device. Is this a clone, image or what?
Seems that it is not being recognized

Go to the website of the drive manufacturer and test the drives.

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Question: Hard drive failing

I built a Sandy Bridge and foolishly used a Samsung 103J Spinpoint 1TB drive.

NOw being a first timer I just put it altogether and swircted on > loaded the OS -7 Home and began computing.

However the Samsung has made quite loud clicking / scratching noises form the start as it reads / writes and after two months this morning is making a *loud noise that I can only describe as an out of aligment rubber whell rubbing on the side of the case. THis is now loud enough for me to hear outside of thee room.

*(A thrum thrum noise as you get with an old ceiling fan sometimes)

I have been told that I should have set the drive up when I built the machine - partitioning the drive etc before loading the OS.

I have since installed two Seagate's - 1x500MB for back up and 1x1TB for storage - it was when I looked in Computer that I saw that the smaller one was listed as having a 10MB partition which I think I backed up the OS form the C: drive by copy / paste, and the 1TB ws not even there - arousing my curiosity as to why it was not listed.

So I am left feeling a bit of an idiot knowing that I should have researched it a bit more before going in gung ho with drives etc.

I ma thinking that perhaps my only recourse is to take out the Samsung and make th larger Seagate my OS drive after partitioning and formatting it.

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Answer:Hard drive failing

Samsungs have a good reputation. You just got unlucky, as can happen with any brand.

Not sure what you mean by someone telling you that you should have "set up" the drive before installing the OS. There isn't much to do---just partition and format. You obviously did that or you could never have installed Windows on the drive.

Not sure what you are asking. If the Samsung is broken, get rid of it and go to Plan B, which I guess is to use the 1 TB Seagate as a boot drive. No problem with that.

All you have to do is decide how many partitions you want to put on it. You gotta have at least one. Many on this forum would tell you to use 2: the first for the OS and the second for data. With maybe 75 or 100 GB for the OS partition and the entire remainder for data.

Then decide what you are going to do about backup. The 500 gig Seagate may ultimately be too small for that purpose?

What exactly are your questions??????

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Question: Failing Hard Drive

I have a friend with a Dell Inspiron 1300 that I think the HD is on the way out (started to occasionaly rumble). If I get a replacement HD, is there a way of copying over all the existing HD data so that I can just plug it in and getting it working rather than re-installing Windows and all the other paraphanalia which makes it a long winded job?

Answer:Failing Hard Drive

If its a Desktop, Fit the drive inside or just lay it in the bottom on some card to insulate it from chassis, then use this to clone the original drive to the new one click here then change them over with the power switched of at the wall plug Looking at it in Google, its a Notebook so you need a external caddy to fit the new drive in. You need to check what type of drive the old one is then buy a Caddy and drive of the same configuration Sata or IDE

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I have an ISA Server 2004 that has been dropping disk space on the C drive at an alarming rate. I have cleared out as much log files, dump files, temp files and anything else it was safe to delete. However, it is still dropping and I am wondering if it could be the first hard disk in the RAID failing. It is flashing amber. But, would that cause the disk space to drop? Is it just a case of ordering a replacement drive?

Thanks for any advice.
 

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I beleive my new hard drive (5 months) that has my OS installed on it is beginning to fail. Can I buy a new hard drive and copy everything from the failing one to the new drive before things get worse? I could reinstall all my software again but that takes me a good portion of the day to get everything back up and all the updates re-downloaded.

Thanks.

Answer:failing hard drive with OS on it

You can use Symantec/Norton Ghost to take a "snapshot" of the one hard drive and transfer it to the other one. YOu should be able to boot off of the new one with all of your files right where you left them.

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Question: Hard drive failing

I fear my hard drive on my y560p is failing, with frequent BSOD and errors stating the OS can't be read. I plan to switch my hd with an ssd, I already made a recovery disk and a backup.wsi via One key recovery. My question now is, what do I do next? How can I transfer the OS and files from the old hard drive to the ssd using only the backup.wsi and recovery disks? Thanks much, Jet













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Answer:Hard drive failing

I have the same computer for over a year and a half now and I have had this issue twice. I can't tell you how many times the computer has crashed on its own. As of right now the computer is telling me I have a hardrive issue. I haven't backed up my files so I am waiting to do that before taking more serious measures.

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Question: failing hard drive

I suspect my hard drive is failing. I use itunes and over the last few months it continually looses files . It was suggested to me that this might be due to a hard drive starting to failing. I have run checkdisk a couple of times but am unsure how to read the results. Other than Itunes the pc seems to be working (Dell Win7) well enough for a 3 year old machine. Some lagging and slow boot up. How can I tell if this is the problem and what can be done?Thanks

Answer:failing hard drive

crystaldiskinfo should be run on this. It will display drive health. If crystaldiskinfo reports it back as healthy then you have something else going on . I use the portable zip standard free edition on this list of options: http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html

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Question: Hard Drive Failing

Recently, I have gotten the message, Winodws detected a hard disk problem
Back up your files imm to prevent loss, and then contact the comp manufacture to determine if u have to repair or replace the disk. What I have done is, create a disc image on an external HD, and also d/l and created Gateway Recovery Disc <3 discs> and the Gateway apps and drivers disc. Where I am confused is, whe the drive finally goes, and I install a new HD, how do I use the image and discs I have to enable the new drive to be able to boot up into Windows 7, which I think would be there by virtue of what I have collected <image + recovery discs>. The question I have is, what would be the correct sequence of getting the OS and all the files needed to enable the drive to work correctly. I am sorry if I am not explaining this correctly, but maybe someone can give me nformation on how to do this.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Hard Drive Failing

If you used the built-in Win 7 program to create your system image, you should use the built-in program to create a repair disk. You can boot from the repair disk to restore the system image you created.

You actually don't need the Gateway Recovery discs, if you use them to recover your system it will be restored back to the way it was when it left the factory. The system image will restore your system back to the way it was the day you made the image.

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I have a Dell Precision M6400, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T9900 4.00 GB, 32 bit operating system, Windows 7 Professional, service pack 1

I have had problems for the last week of freezing and stalling. Ran update on Trend Micro Antivirus, no results after dealing with very slow start ups yesterday with it being on the windows site for at least an hour booting I ran Malwarebytes and found some maleware, cleaned it. This morning come in to find that it took about another hour to boot, then got the window storage matrix console hard drive fail come up on the computer. Ran a check disk on C drive, shortly after it gave me the blue screen, couldn't write down the failure quick enough. It sounds good as it runs, but something's clearly off - Any help?
 

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Question: failing hard drive

My x61 tablet hard drive SMART information shows that the "Throughput performance" is at 52% and the threshold is 40. I have used the Lenovo hard disk test software several times and sometimes it will not finish the test because of an error. Free hard drive softare is indicating that the lowered performance shows risk of hard drive failure. I have a warranty on this x61 tablet through 2011. I would rather get this hard drive changed now before complete failure, who do I contact now for warranty service?

Answer:failing hard drive

Hi docrock, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community! Click on the Support phone list on the Lenovo Support & downloads page to get the contact number. And before you do that, backup, backup, backup!

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I'm pretty sure but I just want some confirmation. I'm running windows 7 (build 7601) and back in november I had to get a new HDD because i dropped my laptop and the disk broke(possibly other things but i'm unsure). I got a new 1TB seagate HDD/SD hybrid (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178340) to replace it and it has been working really well for the most part. But about 2 months in I began having troubles installing video games and programs. Usually I'll get a "disk write error" but occasionally it works, but never if it has failed on that program. I can try to install notepad++ and it will fail every time, but i try to install fallout once and it works. It seems like it must be that the harddrive is failing but I have a month left of school and have plenty of important documents/programs on here and would rather try to make it last till may then send it in right now. Thoughts/suggestions?Edit: Forgot to mention... programs like firefox will close down randomly without reason while I'm using them, and some programs close down during use and then can't be accessed again, as if they aren't installed and only the shortcut is left.Edit2: Figured I'd try to create a new user account and see if I had any better luck on that, but I can't even access it. It doesn't show up when i try to switch users and when i try to put the pass/username in it fails.

Answer:Think my new(ish) hard drive is failing.

You have to send the drive back ASAP.First, make backups of vital data you have.

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I suspect my hard drive is failing. I use itunes and over the last few months it continually looses files . It was suggested to me that this might be due to a hard drive starting to failing. I have run checkdisk a couple of times but am unsure how to read the results. Other than Itunes the pc seems to be working (Dell Win7) well enough for a 3 year old machine. Some lagging and slow boot up. How can I tell if this is the problem and what can be done?Thanks

Answer:failing hard drive

crystaldiskinfo should be run on this. It will display drive health. If crystaldiskinfo reports it back as healthy then you have something else going on . I use the portable zip standard free edition on this list of options: http://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html

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Question: Hard Drive Failing

I have a Toshiba Satellite 5105-S901 that seems to have a failing (or possibly completely failed) hard drive and I am looking for a couple of answers regarding things I can do to either see if the drive is dead or if I can resurrect it at least for a few months, or a link to someplace that gives good suggestions for a compatible drive. At this point in time, replacing the whole computer is not really an option.Computer runs Wndows XP Pro, 60 GB hard drive, 1 G Ram.Symtoms:1) Computer started running really slow a couple of months ago with no apparent reason. Have run up to date versions of McAfee Online Antivirus and spyware (current subscription), SuperAntispyware, Malware Antibytes, ATF, CCleaner, etc. with no indications of any virus, spyware, malware problems.2) Got an error message that there was an error loading a file and that it was possibly caused by a hard drive problem and to run chkdsk (not exactly that wording but that ws the gist of it).3) chkdsk came up with lots of sectors that could not be read/bad sectors. I was not present at the time the diagnostic finally completed due to how slow it ran, but I saw over 2 screens worth of that before I had to leave4) Computer will not boot now. It starts to load windows and then goes back to the screen that says it did not load fully last time. I have tried starting in safe mode but it hangs up part way through and will not go any further.Questions:1)Will reformatting the drive possibly fix a problem so the computer will ... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive Failing

do you also have a desktop machine you could use? their are some fairly cheap adapters to allow installation of notebook hard drives into desktop machines. This would allow you to recover that data you want.Also, since you don't have anything to lose by doing so, you could get limited success by reformatting; it could last another month, or just a few days, you can never really know.I'll see what I can find for compatible hard drives for that laptop.

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Hello,
I originally thought I had malware/virus but I was in the BC Malware forum, and was sent here. SifuMike suspects that my hard drive is failing-he found no malware during his analysis.
My computer, runing Windows XP, has been acting a little strange lately-when I run Spybot, Ad Aware, Housecall...-any of the anti virus software, it shuts down midway, and restarts with a blue screen and does a Check disk function. It does not find any bad sectors, and then the log in screen comes up. When I log on, I am informed that the computer has recovered from a serious error. I would appreciate some advice on what to do next!
Thanks in advance for the help.
Rob

Answer:Hard Drive Failing?

Disable the atuomatic restart after a system failure, that way you can see what the BSOD is saying and copy down the error number and any files it references to.

Right-click on 'My Computer'
click 'Properties'
click the 'Advanced' tab
click the 'Settings' button under the heading 'Startup and Recovery'
clear the checkmark in 'Automatically Restart'
click 'ok'
click 'ok'

then go ahead and run your scan again, and when you get the blue screen, copy down the stop error code (0x00.....) and any files that are listed on that screen

You might also download a drive diagnostic tool from the manufacturer of the hard drive

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Hi, I've been having a fustrating problem with my PC for the past few days. Out of the blue, my PC started locking up for several minutes, and then blue screened. I mainly noticed it while playing video games (yes my PC is more than good enough to run them), but then noticed them while doing everyday tasks such as browsing the internet and while iTunes was open. No idea if that was a coincidence or not, but it seemed to happen more when those two were open. At first I thought it must be a virus of some sort no matter how unlikely that was (don't download anything from the internet, open any attachments in emails, or go on websites I don't know), but I ran Avast and it found nothing.

Soon after that, whenever I booted it it came up with "Please select a proper boot device and restart" or something along those lines, so I took the hard drive out, took the cables out and made sure they were in properly. It booted fine, so I thought that a loose cable was the problem and it was fixed. But after about half an hour or so I was still experiencing the freezing and occasional blue screen, though not as often.

After that didn't seem to work, my boyfriend suggested that Vista was messed up somehow, so I formatted my drive completely and did a fresh install of Windows 7 last night. It was fine all last night, but this morning it went back to how it was on Vista. I'm still experiencing the same thing, although more annoying somehow as I get 'min... Read more

Answer:Failing hard drive or something else?

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I'm running windows XP and I think my hard drive is dying. About a month ago I got the bluescreen a few times and then had a hard time booting up. I reinstalled windows but still takes a long time booting into windows. I started having my mouse pointer frreezing up within the last 2 weeks quite abit. I do a scandisk daily and a disk cleanup, defrag. I keep my Norton Internet Security updated daily and a scan once daily. My computer is 5 years old with 2 gigs of memory and 120 gig harddrive. I have a Nvidia FX 5500 video card installed. Anyone with possible answers I would appreciate it.
 

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I use Windows Vista Home Basic and a Dell desktop computer.

I think I started to run into problems after doing a disk defragmentation. Can using that utility harm your hard disk? I get blue screens all the time now. It sucks.

The blue screen messages say:
"BAD_POOL_HEADER"
"MEMEORY_MANAGMENT"
"IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL"

From the way I looked it up everyone gets these and they could mean anything. I will post the minidump files in another post because right now it is not letting me put them in a ZIP folder cause it will tell me that there is no read permission. I will try it in safe mode.
 

Answer:I think my hard drive is failing. Not sure though.

Oh yeah. It might be helpful if I pointed out one time I was using it and the screen went off and the hard drive started beeping in sets of 4's like: "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" "BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP" Could have been sets of 3's, but I am pretty sure it was 4's.
 

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I was using my daughters computer over the weekend, running XP Home SP3. It is an Evesham with an Evesham dedicated version of Windows, so I cannot reinstall Windows using my old XP disc. It is in an awful state, and using it is worse than wading through thigh high treacle. I ran C Cleaner, which took at least a couple of minutes to run, such was the clutter, and followed this up with a boot time defrag using Diskeeper, having set it to run a three stage check disc first. The summary after the check disc showed that there was 8KB of bad sectors. I then ran a five stage check disc, having elected for it to find and if possible to correct bad sectors. The summary again showed 8KB of bad sectors. On boot up I noted that the small summary window said that Windows scan had completed, and that the volume was clean. Does this mean that the bad sectors had been repaired? I had no time to run another scan as it was time for us to leave. The computer was still just as painfully slow.Some possibly relevant points follow.My five year old granddaughter regularly plays on the computer and has done so for the last couple of years.The inbox in Outlook Express contains literally hundreds of old e mails which she never deletes.C Cleaner is usually only run when I do it.The computer is only defragmented when I do it.I noted that Firefox had been installed, but it failed to start, stating that there were missing files. When I booted it up on the second day, there was a message that Firefox was r... Read more

Answer:Possible failing hard drive

download and make a diagnostic disk from the makers and test it out

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Performance and diagnostics indicate the hard drive in my notebook is failing. I am trying to find availability of a replacement. Any assistance is appreciated, many thanks.

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So, apparently my Hard Disk is beginning to fail according to repeated warnings from Windows (Windows detected a hard disk problem) and from Intel RST (SATA SSHD on controller 0, Port 1: At risk (SMART Event), so I'm going to purchase a new hard drive tomorrow, but I have a few questions before I get started with installing the drive and installing Windows on it. My laptop is a Yoga 500 15isk and my Windows version is Windows 10 Home. The hard drive has identical specs to the failing hard drive.  1) How do I go about installing Windows 10 on the new drive? Should I clone a failing hard drive or should I perform a clean installation?  2) I would like to clean install Windows 10 using the English language rather than the Polish language since I'm from the US but I'm currently staying in Poland. Is that possible to do with the Windows media creation tool? Will the drivers be in Polish or English?  3) Will I lose One Key Recovery functionality after installing Windows 10 to the new hard drive?  Thanks for your time. 

Answer:Failing hard drive.

Hi Nihil55861986,
 
Welcome to the Community Forums.
 
You can download the same Windows 10 ISO version and use it to clean install the machine.
 
Using the US version is also possible but for single language version of Windows 10 (if this came with your machine) you need to buy a separate key. Else just choose the US language during install drivers are available from the support site also in English if you want.
 
You would lose the One Key Recovery feature to factory reset since it goes with a hidden partition with the bad drive. 
 
Hope this helps answer your query.
 
Regards

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I hope someone can help advise me on this...
I've been having a problem with my laptop for a long time now, but recently it has happened more and more and I can live with it no longer (I'm running Windows 7 on a Samsung np700-75b laptop).
Basically, every now and again, I will turn on the machine/wake it out of sleep, and it will be really unresponsive. Like I can go to close media player if something had been halfway through playing, and it will take forever to close. Eventually, it will do it, but then the next thing will take forever to happen. It doesn't sound like the hard drive is being engaged/busy and I have turned off all other processes so I don't think it is a bottleneck of the CPU being busy or anything like that (might be wrong).
All of a sudden, at some random time, everything will run again at full speed with things responding immediately. No waits, no delays for anything. Weeks could go by without the problem returning.
When the problem happens, I have control over some things that I suspect might be limited to what is already cached or in RAM, so I can move my mouse on the screen and it follows, or press the start menu button as many times as I want and the menu will pop up and disappear instantly. And now it's in the middle of happening and I can write this text at full speed. It's just that new stuff won't respond. So if I had two explorer windows open, I could switch between these no problem instantly, but if I tried to o... Read more

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So I was playing some Starcraft II and I BSoD. Computer restarts and says it can't find the boot device.

I go restart again, load up the bios and look thru the boot settings, I have my C: as the primary, and my DVD drive as the secondary. Restart again, still no luck booting up.

I keep double checking bios settings and making sure that everything is right. So then I went and just opened up the computer cleaned out some of the dust and stuff and make sure all my HDDs are plugged in securely. Restart again, no luck.

Eventually I get myself to the Startup Repair window and try to do the startup repair, it errors out and says that it cannot find system32 and just errors out. First I thought, "Oh, maybe my windows just got corrupted and I just have to do a repair with my windows DVD."

After some more tries with this, I end up figuring out that my C: drive is failing... The HDD shows in the bios as an actual hard drive with the name of the drive and everything.. I also DON'T hear the click-of-death on the HDD as well.

Next thing that I tried doing is just booting up with a Ubuntu Live CD and trying to recover the data using that. So I boot up using the CD and everything is going fine, until the Live CD starts throwing errors while it is loading...

So then I pop out my "broken" HDD and try booting up again with the Live CD and it works perfectly fine.

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Answer:Failing Hard Drive?

If the drive is Identified by bios but can not be accessed, may only mean that the Circuit board on the drive is still good while the Mechanics of the drive may have died. Just because you didn't hear the click of death does not mean the drive is spinning or that the Arms that drive the heads are moving.
 

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My computer has been SUPER SLOW for the past few days, I've restarted it, turned off bloatware processes, and still no luck...

It will be a complete system lock up, where the whole computer will stop responding for at most 30 seconds, then if I click while it's locked up, nothing will happen. Then when the computer comes out of the freeze, I'll hear the computer beeping, like the type of beeps from the bios, not from the OS.

Also, when the computer does this, the Hard Drive light will be constantly on, it'll try to read or write for a few seconds then stop, and repeat the process. And then it'll start to do its crap and the computer won't be locked up.

One last thing... While typing this, my computer was locking up, and I'd still type, and nothing would appear on the screen, until the computer started to respond again.

Sorry for the long ass information. Any help appreciated, and I will give Rep. Thanks

Add: ran a quick scan on antivirus, and came up with nothing.

Answer:Failing Hard Drive???

Run chkdsk or some other hard drive utility.

And as always: sfc /scannow

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Hello Everyone,

I have a HP m9000 desktop running Windows Vista, that we use for our small companies files. Upon booting up displays a message that hard drive failure is imminent and I need to back it up and replace its asap. After this message Windows tries to load and fails. The system then goes into Windows system restore and recovery mode and is unable to solve the problem. I turned the computer off and uninstalled the hard drive and realized that someone has messed with the hard drive before and messed up the SATA connections on the back and the plastic guiding tab was broken off. One of the SATA pins was bent and I did my best to delicately straighten it. I was able to find the plastic tab in the SATA cable and was able to reseat the cable.
I then installed the failing hard drive onto another desktop as the slave drive. The backup desktop is running Windows XP and I was going to try and back up the failing hard drive onto a portable one. After getting everything installed my computer executed chkdsk upon start up and has been running for the past hour.

My questions are as follows:
Roughly how long does chkdsk take and will chkdsk run on both the connected drives?
What problems will I most likely incur after chkdsk has finished?
Will I be able to back up the failed hard drive with it configured as a slave drive?
What other option do I have available to recover files and back up the failing hard drive?
 

Answer:Failing Hard Drive

Hard drive is failing, you're running chkdsk, and have no backup of it yet? Dude, you're brave.

'Clone' the failing HDD, ASAP.
 

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I bought this brand new a couple of years ago and I have had no trouble with it until the hard drive failed. I have replaced this hard drive twice now and it keeps failing. Any known issues that would cause this to continue? Very frustrating. 

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I believe my one of my HHD?s is failing or is going to. I have two hard drives, one is a 500 GB which is my boot drive and a 1 TB one for storage with all my music, movies, documents, downloads and any other stuff I do not want on my boot drive. Recently I have been getting ?write errors? from various programs and my computer is freezing at random points. When I unplug the TB drive when XP is loaded everything runs great with no problems. For a couple of days now when ever XP loads it runs chkdsk on my TB drive which only takes a few minutes and it never finds anything. After that when I get into XP my computer runs sluggishly until I unplug the drive. Sometimes the BIOS takes a while to find the drive in POST.I was wondering if it is failing or going to soon. I have not heard any unusual sound or felt any unusual vibrations as well as temps, it is cooler than my 500 GB. I have replaced the SATA cables going to the drive as well as the power cable too. I recently ran a Hitachi Drive Fitness Tool for three hours and it returned with no errors. Because of the freezing I have not been able to run a defrag or virus scan for a week.EVGA 780i SLI moboCore 2 Duo E6600 @ 3.2 GHzEVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640 MB x2 SLI2 GB of OCZ SLI-ready RAM500 GB Hitachi HHD (boot) and 1TB Hitachi (storage/backup)Windows XP Pro SP3  Ubuntu 8.04 64bit

Answer:Hard Drive Failing?

i would say that its time to purchase a new HD or, if its still under warranty, get it replaced.however, before you replace the HD, you might want to go over to hitachi's website and download one of their HD tools to confirm whether or not the drive is failing.

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Hi,

These last couple of weeks our computer started randomly shutting down, with a prefacing screen that said there was a problem with the pc and it needed to restart, though sometimes you just see a blip of the blue screen before it disappears. Once it starts the restart process a screen almost identical to the one below appears. Every time it tries to reboot it keeps coming back to that same black screen (this isn't our screenshot but it pretty much says the same thing. When it does it again I'll try taking a snapshot of it).

Funny thing is, if we shut the computer down completely and turn it back on, it usually boots back up normally and will stay okay for anywhere from a few minutes to 2 days and then it goes right back to the boot issue. We switched to Windows 10 a couple months ago and it started acting up the same day last week that windows 10 did an automatic update. I don't know if that's related or not. I can revert back to windows 8 if I need to but if it's not a windows problem then there's no point.

I have run two different drive scans (one from the windows explorer tools menu and one from western digital's website), and they both come back with no errors, so at this point I'm lost. The entire computer and everything in it is just over a year old. Can anyone offer any insight as to what to do or check for next? Thank you kindly for your help!

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Answer:Hard drive failing?

Hey,

So whats happening here is your PC can't find your hard disk where the OS is stored. From my experience, this could be down to a couple of reasons:

1) The connections to the Hard Disk are loose, check both the power and data cables going to and from the HDD and make sure they are plugged in fully and the HDD is properly seated.
2) The Hard Disk is failing. - This is a common problem with Western Digital I find. At my work all of our PCs come with Western Digital harddisks, and we make a point of changing them within the first year as we have had many problems with this brand.

I'd start by double checking the connections as mentioned, then booting into the BIOS and checking the boot order is set correctly. It should typically be CD/DVD first, followed by the HDD/SSD with your OS on.

See if the issue persists. If it does and your PC/HDD is still under warranty I'd contact the supplier and request a replacement or upgrade. If not you might want to get yourself a new drive and transfer the data while this disk is still functioning.
If you wanted to make sure and double check this was the issue before you committed to buying a new drive you could borrow a friends or use a spare you have laying around, if the issue persists you would then plug the HDD into a different SATA Port and use a different Molex Cable from the PSU.

Hope this helps!
 

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I have submitted a similar question before but have not received a suitable response and am hoping for better luck this time. When I switch on I get a lot of clicking from the hard drive ans eventually a black screen comes up with the message, "Operating system not found" after pressing F8 a number of times it eventually boots as normal. After booting there are no problems on any service. I would like someone to tell me whether the hard drive is failing. Thanks in advance Regards Carper

Answer:Hard Drive Failing??

A new 40Gb HD costs around 30....I would suggest that you buy one this afternoon. Clicking or any odd noises from a HD is never good.G

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I recentley ran into this problem where sometimes my mobo can't detect my system hard drive. It seems to happen when I leave the pc on for a long time. like a day or so. I have woken up and the screen says cannot detect system disk in the boot up sceens. I then turn it off for a few hours and then it boots up fine. The hard drive is around 5 years old. Its a seagate 160 gig. I bought a new HD to act as media storage and I set it to slave. could the new hardrive be effecting the old master drive that is failing? I am not sure but I think the rpm's are the same on both drives. Would that effect it? If anyone could offer input I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance...

Answer:is my hard drive failing???

I would first check if its not a power usage/monitering problem.
make sure in the Power options That the harddrive isn't destined to shut off after any amount of inactivity.
Other then that I would back up all important data just in case it does die.

There are are few bootable tools like Symantec Ghost and UBD that can scan a harddrive for problems.

Theres also HDD Health that will show you while in the OS of any problems.

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Ok guys so I own a Dell Inspiron 17R N7110 (2011) and I it was freezing and running slow so I did a Dell diagnostics. When I did that it said my hard drive might be failing with the error code of [Error Code 2000-0142]. I would say the laptop has been running slow and does take time to boot up and log in. I also did a Crystal Disk Info which is the screenshot I posted below. I did buy a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD to replace it if it is going bad. If its not then I will just use it for the PC I am going to build.




Thanks


BTW I am new to the forums so sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.

Answer:Hard Drive failing?

In Crystal Disk Mark, go to function/advanced feature/raw values and make sure raw values is set to 10 Dec. Then look at the raw values column again.

It may be failing, but what to do about it is another question. All electro-mechanical devices have a shorter remaining life today than they did yesterday.

You'll never know if it's failing at a fast rate and will not work within a week, or at a slow rate and might work for years.

You can keep an eye on that reallocated sector count to see if it moves up. That often happens.

Or you can give up on it immediately and replace the drive.

You have to consider how valuable the data on the drive is, whether you have backups, how critical it would be if it dropped dead immediately, your budget, etc, etc.

The easy thing to do is replace it now, but it might linger a long time and you can't make an accurate speculation about that.

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Hi there I have a hp pavillion dv1000 laptop with windows xp that seems to have a failing hard drive. I run chkdsk and it freezes on step 5 at 56%. I then ran the bios diagnostics and it comes back saying test status 2- 07 fail. For a 3rd test I downloaded HDtune I included a snapshot of the results. I assume I need to replace the drive right?
 

Answer:Hard Drive failing?

Yup, all three point to a faulty drive. You can get a replacement 160GB drive for $35 or for $40 you can move up to a 250GB drive with a faster spin rate of 7200 RPM and a larger 16MB cache: http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Laptop-Hard-Drives
 

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I've recently started experiencing very odd bugs on a computer, and I have very good reasons to believe that they're caused by either a Windows corruption, or a hard drive failure.I'd like to know if there is a good and sure way to test and know if a drive is about to die or not, since it hasn't yet shown any of the typical death noises Thank you for your time!

Answer:Failing hard drive?

Run drive diagnostics from the manufacturer's website.See this post.Good luck

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Ok......now I know the drill for when things look grim for a hard drive--back everything up--but I'm not really in a position to be able to do that and need to use my computer. It just today started making a whirring sound...but no clicking yet. Does anybody know if there is a general rule as to when hard drives will go after first showing signs of failing? I know a hard drive can really go at any time...but is it likely or can I get a few more weeks out of it?
 

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I have a computer with 3 harddrives in, one of them started making a lot of noise recently and yesterday it got very loud. i have identified which one it is (the one with the OS on, lucky me! )

I assuming that as it is making a lot of noise this is a bad sign and it is most likely to die on me any time soon.
Also as i have unplugged the other 2 drives (one which had the pagefile on) it has since got ALOT slower since the page file has moved back.

Is there away i can judge the health of this harddrive and how long it will last?

I have a new one ordered and on its way, and everything important backed up.

Thanks

Spud
 

Answer:Hard drive Failing? How to tell?

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For the past couple months I've noticed my hard drives, both, have become fairly noisy. Programs, games especially, don't seem to run as ****, and choppier. And the most annoying is my windows boot time is up near 3-4 minutes. Never was like this. These hard drives are about 2-3 years old maybe.
One is a Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive
Other one is a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6B300S0 300GB 7200 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive.

The 74GB Raptor is the one Windows is installed on.

Here are some graphs of both hard drives under DiskSpeed32:







BelArc Specs:
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: C51MCP51
Bus Clock: 201 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 01/19/2007
Drives Memory Modules c,d
374.42 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
285.15 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TDK DVDRW880N [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6B300S0 [Hard drive] (300.08 GB) -- drive 1
WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 [Hard drive] (74.36 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAKE1768890, rev 31.08F31, SMART Status: Healthy 2048 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' is Empty
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A2' is Empty
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Answer:Is my Hard drive failing?

3-4 min boot times? wow. First, I'd use a program like CCleaner to look at the startup entries. I'd also use ccleaner to remove old unused registry entries as long as I was at it.

Are you hearing the "chirp" of death? or a more grinding like sound?
 

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For the past couple months I've noticed my hard drives, both, have become fairly noisy. Programs, games especially, don't seem to run as ****, and choppier. And the most annoying is my windows boot time is up near 3-4 minutes. Never was like this. These hard drives are about 2-3 years old maybe.

I've run several Spyware removable programs, defraged both drives, to include: Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, RegScrubXP, Cleanup!, ATF-Cleaner and AVG Virus Scanner.

One is a Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive
Other one is a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6B300S0 300GB 7200 RPM SATA-150 Hard Drive.

The 74GB Raptor is the one Windows is installed on.

Here are some graphs of both hard drives under DiskSpeed32:











BelArc Specs:
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: C51MCP51
Bus Clock: 201 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 01/19/2007
Drives Memory Modules c,d
374.42 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
285.15 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TDK DVDRW880N [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Maxtor 6B300S0 [Hard drive] (300.08 GB) -- drive 1
WDC WD740GD-00FLA2 [Hard drive] (74.36 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAKE1768890, rev 31.08F31, SMART Status: Hea... Read more

Answer:Is my hard drive failing?

I'm not familiar with DiskSpeed32, so I can't offer any useful comments on the graphs you posted.

The increase in noise from your hard drives could indicate they're about to fail. But that increase in noise could also be an indication of a high level of fragmentation. But before you attempt to defrag them you should back up any data you don't want to lose. Defragging a badly fragmented hard drive puts a lot of stress on the drive and if either of these drives is about to fail, running a defrag routine could push it over the edge. This isn't to say defragging shouldn't be done, just that it's a risky thing to try if you think a drive is about to fail. It's a classic "catch-22" -- the drives may just need to be defragged (a heavily fragmented drive requires lots of drive head movements to read the pieces of files scattered all over the disk and that can make the drive sound increasingly noisy), but defragging may just push them over the edge and cause them to fail sooner if they're really not in tip-top shape.

So first back up any data from these drives that you'd hate to lose. Then, use the defragger software built into Windows to analyze each drive's fragmentation level, but don't actually defrag the drives yet. Just highlight one of the drives and click on the "Analyze" button and see what the results are. Do this for each drive. Since the analyze routine doesn't actually start re... Read more

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Hi!

I'm having some issues with a Maxtor DiamondMax 10 HDD. It's only about 2 years old, and I've been using it in an external USB case (Dynex DX-HDEN10 if it matters.) The disk is 250gb, formatted in NTFS, and I've only used it for extra storage. Also, I'm running Windows XP.
For the past month or so, the drive has been making a clicking noise on occasion, and last week a few of the files on the drive became corrupt and I had to repair the disc. Windows found 4 or 5 bad sectors, and fixed them. Today, the drive stopped working altogether. I turned it on this morning like I always do, and it simply wouldn't read. When I tried to open the drive in Windows Explorer, I received the message: "Error performing inpage operation."
To ensure that it wasn't the USB case causing the problem, I tried removing the drive and putting it in a friend's case, but got identical results. After a lot of clicking, I managed to convince Windows to format the drive (I found it strange that this was possible, even though information such as the volume label wasn't available), and now the drive seems to work fine. None of the data on the drive was very important (most of it was backed up elsewhere.)
What I'm wondering is, can I trust this drive? Being 2 years old, it's just out of warranty, so my only options are to keep using the drive and hoping that it won't fail again, or to start shopping.
Any help would be appreciated!

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Second physical drive actually.

For the last week or so I "come upon" the computer to find the shortcuts to the D,E,F,G, partions of this drive have a red "?" on them and I cannot acess the drives. The drive also does not "exist" in Device Manager, if hovever I right click on the present "C" drive and run "look for hardware changes" the screen wipes for a few seconds and LO' back comes the drive!

The ? marks are still there but the partitions now work. A reboot will clear the marks but the problem will reappear some days later.

I am poorly ATM so can't get to a shop but I intend to replace the drive ASAP with a 500G SATA unit (it is a 160G IDE in a 3G P4 WMCE pc). What would be a good (free if poss!) drive cloning utility please?

Dave.

Answer:Hard drive failing?

Here is a free disk copy utility, http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/

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Hi there,

New here, not extremely tech savvy, but also not an idiot. Here is a short summary of what is happening: I have an Asus laptop, I bought it about 3-4 years ago and it got through my last year of college plus a few more years afterward. It holds important files including only copies of original writings and some photos.

A few weeks ago, my laptop was attempting over and over again to update itself to Windows 10. It would go through a whole process (updating and installing, took a very long time) and after each attempt it would say that it failed. Each time it did this, my computer would start to freeze more and run slowly. I don't use my laptop very often anymore at all, since I graduated college I use it sparingly. After a while, it just stopped booting and started coming up with an automatic repair screen. After doing some research, I realized the issue was my hard drive.

At this point, I tried a few different ways to get the files off my hard drive and possibly reformat it and reinstall it in my laptop. I tried plugging in an external hard drive for the automatic repair, but it didn't seem to recognize or be able to access it. I tried removing the hard drive and putting it into another PC to transfer the files that way, but it wouldn't open. I tried using the cords to plug the hard drive directly into another PC, and it wouldn't open that way either.

After all of this, I decided to take it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to see if they could help. Af... Read more

Answer:Failing Hard Drive

Do not disassemble the HDD yourself.

My suggestion would be to get a Linux LiveCD such as Ubuntu, boot off of it, and then try and access your HDD that way. I've had much better luck trying to recover files off of dying or bad HDD's while running in Linux because it accesses the drive differently than Windows does. Plug in an external drive so that you can back up the files from the original drive and go from there.

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Desk top with 2 Seagate 250GB SATA drives. On start up the C drive makes a screeching noise for about 2-3 seconds and then settles down and everything works OK.I feel that this is an early indication of failure so for safety I will replace this C driveI would like to get advise, either good or bad, on what I should use as a replacement . When I purchased the Dell 3 years ago the Barracuda drive was considered by Dell to be one of the most reliable available. But things move on and I would like to hear any comments to assist in selecting the right replacementThanks in advance for your commentsramonford

Answer:HELP PLEASE - Failing hard drive

Seagates is still a good brand.

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Hello everybody

So i bought this Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drive, but i am experiencing really strange sounds with it.
So occasionally the hard drive would "reload".. for example, just after i open a program, everything would hang for about 3 seconds, and the hard drive would make sound like if it would spin faster and then make a click sound, and after that, everything goes back to normal again.
This is a 3 week old drive, but i noticed it some days after i bought it. It is not my OS drive, i'm running my Windows 7 32bit on an another HDD.
I have heard that click sound means the drive will fail soon, but i don't know so much about drives, i have had another samsung HDD in over 2 years without any problems, so this is something new for me...
thanks for any further help!
 

Answer:Hard drive failing?

Get Samsung's ES-Tool and test your drive with that. Then when it fails send it back to them for a replacement.

You are right that the sound you are hearing is a good indicator of a failing drive, be sure and get any important data backed up asap.
 

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Can anyone Help? I think my hard drive is about to die. It makes noises and does not boot most of the time. Can I just go out and buy a new hard drive or are there things I need to know about my system before I go to the store. I would like to install the new and move my files before removing the old drive. Is this normal proceedure or no? Thank You  :-?

Answer:Hard Drive Failing

Post some information about your machine and we can advise.Download and run Everest, run a report (below Help on the menu) and then copy the information into a post here.We need to know what you have to work with. How much space in files are we talking about? Any idea?

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Question: Failing Hard Drive

I have a Dell Inspiron 8000 with a hard drive that has finally started failing after 16 years. It's a 20gb 4200 RPM IDE IBM Travelstar. Anyway, I'm looking into buying a new IDE Hard Drive and doing a full transfer from the old drive to the new drive, but I have a Dell Precision M90 that had a failing hard drive and it couldn't complete the transfer because there was an issue relating to the old drive failing. I have pictures from the S.M.A.R.T. readings on the Precision's old drive, and S.M.A.R.T. readings from the Inspiron's failing drive. Please let me know if the errors occurring in the IBM Travelstar will prevent it from copying over to a new drive. On the Precision, I had to do a fresh install of XP and manually move most of my documents, and I really don't want to have to do that with my Inspiron.

The screenshot with the 160gb Seagate drive is the Precision's old drive. The screenshot with the IBM drive is the Inspiron's drive...










P.S., If it is of any importance, I use Acronis True Image that shipped on a CD with a Kingston SSD I bought once...
 

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Any errors at all will prevent a transfer. Looking at your pictures, your hard drive is near dead. You can use Acronis True Image to clone
 

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Hello everyone,

I have an 80GB IDE hard drive in my computer and I think it is on it's way out. When I load the computer it makes a small deep sounding screech. I checked it with speed fan and it says that the fitness is 88%. (See attachment)

Do you think it is time for me to get a new hard drive and clone this one?
 

Answer:Failing Hard Drive?

Hard drives usually don't make screeching sounds...clicking sounds maybe so that sounds like a fan or possible a cpu more likely.
 

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I got my computer upgraded about 3 weeks ago at a local computer shop. They replaced my original drive with 2 150 gigs hard drives or 1 300 gigs, i can't tell to be honest. I just know that there were 2 extra drives put in, 150 gigs each.

So few days ago, computer's been freezing and I found out through the system event viewer that there were a bunch of bad blocks on \Device\Harddisk0\D (which I assume means drive C).

I took it back to the local computer shop yesterday using the warranty and explained to them that I even got the errors on the first day I took it home. When I came back to pick it up, they said it was probably a virus acting as that message, put windows on a new 75 gig hard drive and kept the "bad" one in.

I said Sure, ok...and yesterday I periodically checked the system event viewer again and sure enough, I got the SAME errors except now on \Device\Harddisk1\D because the "bad" one is now drive D.

Alright so...here's the error I got few days ago, and still today.

The device, \Device\Harddisk1\D, has a bad block.
and
The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk1\DR1 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.

Is it quite clear now that the drive is failing? I don't want to go back there again to be corrected, then see those messages again. They told me if it was failing, I wouldn't even be able to boot the computer up. I... Read more

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Need help quick! Since August 17 Ive been getting BSOD, first stop error message was 0x00000077A then I was told it was because I didnt have enough memory to run everything, only had 256mb, also said that using AOL was really bad, big resource hog. So I removed the 256mb ram stick and had two new 512mb ram sticks installed.

Now havent had any more 0x00000077A but have had two blue screens saying 0x000000F4 somethng about a crucial thread? my hard drive is 2 yrs old, short tests say its ok but it makes this random ticking noise for about 1 minute then goes away. Im assuming its the HHD. but my DVD ROM had a disc stuck in it and now every once in awhile I get a little copy of a CD on my mouse pointer like its trying to load up, maybe that? I ran a hard drive diagnostics using Speed Fan and HD Tune and this is what it said.


NOTE: not all warnings are reflected on fitness and performance overall values as relevancy is based upon the settings from the hard disk manufacturer who is the best entity deputed to define such relationships.

NOTE : your hard disk has 384 reallocated sectors (this value is very large and your hard disk should be replaced). Hard disks do have spare sectors (usually from 256 up to 1024) used to replace bad ones. This remapping operation is transparent to the end user. Anyway, this can lead to degradated performances (because remapped sectors are in different places of the disk than the original ones and the head needs additional moving). If... Read more

Answer:Is my hard drive failing??

That doesn't look good, esp with the 'ticking' sound. I'd run one of the tools found in this thread and see what they say, it is a little better test for failure than drive fitness. If you manage to pass that then I'd run some RAM tests. Only reason I'm suggesting that is because in my expierence if a HD is going to cause a BSOD or a system hang, you'll be able to tell by listening and or looking at the HDD activity light. Maybe you just haven't noticed because you didn't know what to look for, now you do
 

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Laptop keeps freezing all the time, have ran diagnostics and get Short DST failed. FAILURE ID: M0AELJ-00087R-MFGJMF-60R803Any help please?

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 Hi, Hard Disk 1 Quick Test Failure, it is necessary to replace the hard drive with a new one(SATA 2.5 inch). Check the manual, page 58 HP ProBook 640 G1, 645 G1, 650 G1, and 655 G1 Notebook PCs - Maintenance and Service Guide

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Question: Hard Drive Failing

As my title states my hard drive is on the way out.I currently have a Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo model which in the handbook tells me that I do have the option of using SATA. My current one is an ATA.My questions are Can I use any SATA one?.Am I better sticking with a new ATA oneWhat do I have to do to transfer the data to the new one. What happens to my operataing system during this?.I have a Maxtor external drive already which I back up to. Thank you for your help.CheersBrian

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SATA 2 (SATA 300) is not backwards compatible with a SATA (SATA 150) controller. In order to use a SATA 2 drive on a SATA (SATA 1?) controller, the hard drive must have a jumper position to restrict it to using SATA (SATA 150), and a jumper must be installed. Some drives have the jumper position available (e.g. some recent Samsung), some don't (e.g. some recent Maxtor).This information can also probably be easily found on your hard drive manufacturer's web site.

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had a whining noise on start up for quite a few months now. during this time have had a new psu , new cpu and fan and new graphics card , so with no case fans present i can only conclude it is the hard drive.the noise usually goes after a few minutes . am having a few probs such as media player playing mp 3s slowly at times with cpu at 100%. dvd writer and rom freezing the pc when trying to access a disc through my computer and things in general running slowly.if it is the hard drive is there any way i can test it.

Answer:hard drive failing...how can you tell?

Manufacturer's diagnostics; click here

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I have a friend who shut his computer down sucessfully. Upon booting his computer the next day, he was presented with the message "Windows has encountered a software or hardware problem and will not boot, if this is the first time you have seen this error...", or something similar, I can't remember what the message said exactly. He is then given options for booting the computer, such as: "Boot with last know good configuration", Safe Mode, etc. Choosing any of the options bring back the error screen. Running the Recovery Console after booting with the Win XP cd and running chkdsk says everything is fine, but running chkdsk /r or /p says the drive appears to have one or more unrecoverable errors.

The drive is in FAT32 because it was originally a Win ME machine and was never converted to NTFS. The computer has also not had any recent hardware or software changes.

The drive is making grinding noises when it is being accessed.

It seems that the drive is failing, but could there be any other reason for these errors and what might the solution be? If the drive is failing, is there any way to get the data off the drive or is everthing lost?

Also, if my friend ends up getting a new drive and reinstalling Win XP, will it complain that his copy of Win XP is already being used, and how do we tell Microsoft its just a reinstall?

Thanks for your help.
 

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Work computer, self-built:
Windows XP Pro SP1
AMD Athlon XP2000
512MB DDR RAM
120GB Maxtor 7200 hdd (5 partitions - data on G: drive)
Chaintech GForce MX440 AGP
400W power supply
Asus A7V8X-X Via KT400 motherboard (recently installed)
Using onboard sound and LAN

I have had a few problems with this system over the past few months, mainly Windows Explorer crashing and random blue screens, not related to anything in particular, but usually everything gets back to normal and life goes on.

Then, a few weeks ago, we had a bad thunderstorm and I came into work to find that the PC would not start - no power, nothing. So, after some intense testing and moving the drive to another case, I deduced that it was the motherboard that had fried, so a new one was ordered and fitted and I performed a Repair Install of XP. All well again.

A couple of weeks or so later the computer hung as it was booting. I switched it off and on again and had a blue screen stop error message, PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA, which indicated that the error was in partmgr.sys. Eventually the computer started up normally and everything seemed to be OK. I did some investigation into the error and it seemed that it could be the hard drive failing. I downloaded the Maxtor test program and that didn't show any errors on the drive. I also installed HDD Health and this is now constantly monitoring the drive in the background. I was getting warning boxes that the hdd temperature was running high, so, as... Read more

Answer:Is my hard drive failing?

If hearing the clicking, defiantely sounds like the drive is failing. You can freeze the drive in a freezer and attempt to retrieve any files that you need on CD-R, and then install a new drive.

Also if you did not put the Thermal Paste on the processor properly the first time, the temps would of been higher on the CPU not drive.

I have known that when a drive starts failing, it will get hotter due to the friction caused by the bearings going. If replacing, go with something other then Fuji or Maxtor.
 

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Periodically, I've been hearing one of my hard drives make a noise and it sounds as if it's losing power because I can hear the platter when it winds down. Is there some sort of test I can run to figure out which drive it is or is that normal? I'm guessing it's not. :?

Answer:Is my hard drive failing?

I don't know any programs off hand ATM but for now I would say backup your disc if you have a spare hdd or external source. Then if it does fail you will still have your data.

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So my HP pavilion g6-2244sa laptop has been acting odd lately a little while after updating to windows 8.1 from 8 the laptop started to get gradually slower, programs such as internet explorer not responding etc.

It would take a long time to log on and to do anything and after numerous start up repairs and refreshing the laptop in the troubleshooting f8 mode this didn't work either these tasks all taking a very very long time to complete many hours just to get through automatic repair takes an hour or two.

So i decided to go back into the f8 troubleshooting and do a reset of the laptop, first try did not work and the second did also this took all night to complete and once it has the laptop still lags slightly on the log in screen when i press the ease of access button that takes a few minutes to load and then when pressing the gui keyboard that takes a while too.

Also theres another problem in which when I try to login using my microsoft account it says the password is incorrect, which it isnt at all, ive tried with another keyboard so it isnt that. Anyway just wondering if it sounds like a failing hard drive and whats the problem with logging in?

Answer:Possible failing hard drive?

You can perform the inbuilt HDD diagnostics by pressing F2 after turning it on. Additional info can be found here, regarding the performed tests and returned results.

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Question: Failing hard drive

someone in malware removal forum told me that my hard drive is really need to replaced she told me to post a new thread in os forum to confirm whats the problen on my hard drive.
 

Answer:Failing hard drive

You appear to have a HP brand computer which is running Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit and has a very outdated Internet Explorer 8 browser.
What's the model name and complete model number of that HP computer?
What's the exact product number and serial number on it?

According to your thread in the malware/virus forum, you said your HP is 6 - 7 years old.
You were advised by the people there that its hard drive is failing and needs to be replaced.

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not sure, never had one fail on me yet, but all the sudden, extreme slowness on a 2 year old 1.6 GHZ 256 Mb, 40 gig HD, laptop, no viruses according to AVG and trendmicro's online scanner. Scandisked, and defragged, still getting huge lags then stop errors, then on restarts UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME stop errors, then after a while it boots again. and....SMART diagnostics say it is just fine. also, spyware check by adaware and spybot both turned up just tracking cookies which i deleted, no major changes in software or hardware. thanks for any help.
 

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Hi.

Over a year ago, my laptop hard drive started making a sort of "seek" noise (not what I'd call a click) repeatedly- it'd do five of those noises, then a pause, five more, then a louder noise, then it'd start again. It happened at random times, often in groups. I think it happened in three groups (a few months apart), and on the last one everything went completely wrong and I ended up having to re-install Vista.

This was about... 9 months ago. Since then I've installed Windows 7, and not had the problem, until today. I just woke up my laptop from standby and it did the same thing- had to force a restart, and it lasted a few more minutes, then did it again. I managed to run a Short DST using Seatools, and that failed (it started doing those noises again). On the next restart, it started making some noise, but it did five and then stopped.

I've just ordered a new hard drive, assuming that is the problem... am I right in thinking this? Are there any other possible solutions? I tried running CHKDSK last year a few times- sometimes it succeeded, other times it just started making the noise half-way through and failing.
 

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The PC OS is WIN2000.I installed a disk manager program and after an hour or so i rebooted the PC.At start up i got a warning"Disk monitoring system shows h/drive operating outside normal specifications - replace HD."I can press F1 to carry on working but is there any way i can bypass this warning?Or is it because i have altered the hard drive?It is only a back up PC so it does not matter if it suddenly packs up.It has three partitions which i have tried to make into one - without success.They all format with NTFS OK.

Answer:hard drive failing

It sounds like a SMART message. If it is, I'd beleive it if I were you.What *disk manager program* is it?

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My computer ? Dell Latitude E5530 laptop, Windows 7, HGST hard driveThree months ago I began getting the message ?Windows detected a hard disk problem?. I initially panicked, made sure everything was backed up, and then started running some scans. At the time I ran the system file checker and a ChkDsk. All was fine. I then downloaded PartitionGuru and ran the ?Verify or Repair Bad Sectors? and all was still well. Mostly excellent sectors, some good. I ran CCleaner, my anti-virus and malware programs. My computer continued to operate well. Over the last three months I would continue to receive this message occasionally. A week or two ago, when I ran PartitionGuru, all the sectors were excellent or good except one which was damaged. I repaired that and my computer continued to function fine.However, the hard disk problem error message has been appearing more frequently in the last few days. So,  I did all of the above. The system file checker and ChkDsk were clear. I also ran the full diagnostic test at the Dell web site https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln114988/dell-diagnostic-tools-to-diagnose-and-fix-hardware-problems-on-your-dell-pc--tablet-or-servers?lang=en twice, most recently last evening, and my hard drive passed both times. This time however there was a change at PartitionGuru. These are the results over several days:Excellent   57,060      54,803                &nb... Read more

Answer:Is my hard drive failing?

Never even heard of Partition Guru...for the most accurate results test the drive with the software from the HDD manuf. site...

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hi

today when i started up my computer...the hard drive was making some loud noises...and sounded like it was spinning up really fast then just stop and starting up again...and it was the first time hearing this...if it makes any difference the temp of it right now is 41oC...

is there some sorta of test i can do to see the "health" of my hard drive?
 

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I need some help figuring out whether I have a dying hard drive, and I know there are many more knowledgeable folks in this forum who might help me sort things out.

I recently picked up a desktop PC offered on FreeCycle by a woman who is a cat veterinarian. She called it a ?broken? PC and said ?Needs operating system installed; might work just fine thereafter-started acting up and gave up on it and got a new one. Dell Optiplex 201L; Pentium 4?

I asked, ?Do you think you had malware? I can clean it and put an OS on it. I like fixing up old computers.?

And she replied, ?Malware possible; not sure; don't even remember what it was doing or not doing-has been in closet for months taking up space. No monitor, mouse, etc but I suspect you have all of that (choosing you b/c of your answer). Enjoy!

When I got it home, I discovered the PC has only USB ports, so I had to hunt up a USB keyboard and mouse. At first I just plugged it in and turned it on without anything attached and I was happy to see it boot to Windows XP Pro, but a little surprised because there was a Windows XP Home product key sticker on it. It had a Windows login screen for user ?staff? that needed a password. I went into Safe Mode and found the same login screen. On rebooting a couple times a message came up ?no disk? as if it couldn?t find the hard drive.

Then I read some MG threads and learned I could just change the user name to ?administrator? and no password a... Read more

Answer:Hard drive failing?

Just out of curiosity, how hot does the PC get? Have you checked to see how dusty it is? because with her being a Vet and it being put away in a cupboard, it could just be really dusty and overheating really quick.
 

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I have a Directv dvr that keeps giving me error messages when scanning disk and is stuck in reboot mode. It says 507 errors and corrects over 600 when it gets s5uck. I have another dvr that works fine, is there any way to recover the shows that I have recorded. I normally wouldnt care but my kids were on tv a few times and I dont want to lose those recordings! Please help

Answer:Failing DVR hard drive please help

I'm going to suggest also looking in the DirecTV forums on dbstalk http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=82
as there are knowledgeable people there when dealing with the DirecTV DVRs and receivers. Since you didn't say if it is a HD or SD DVR I can't be more specific as to which subforum.
 
There is a slim possibility that opening up the DVR and putting the drive in a computer and running the drive makers software could help.However unless you own it that is against the DirecTV TOS. Due to the way DirecTV does their software the drive will only play back in the DVR it recorded in as I understand it. I have directions on opening different HR series DVRs there.
 
Good Luck
Roger

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I have a HP Envy laptop.I've had it for about 2 years and I use it at home and at work. In the last month or two its having issues starting up. I turn it on and the HP logo and loading icon comes up, then it goes to a black screen and stays there. I have to hold the power button down and shut it off and restart the system, then it usually boots up fine. Other times in boots up with no issues. I have noticed in my task manager that the hard drive stays at 100% when nothing is open. It does go down after 5-10 mins, so Im not sure if this is normal. I have been told that the hard drive is failing, so I bought a new one and mainly want to know if I clone my hard drive to the new one, is it as simply as cloning it and my system should load up just as normal. Any help would be great. Thanks
 

Answer:Is my hard Drive Failing

Welcome to PCHF
Clean up temp files and reduce startup load with CCleaner.
Note: This tool will clean your browsing history as well.

Download CCleaner from here.
After install Click Options.
Go to monitoring.
Uncheck All Monitoring items.
Go to advanced -- Click close program after cleaning.
Go to settings -- click run ccleaner when the computer starts.
Now that you have ccleaner installed and set-up:
Open the program.
Go to Tools
Go to Startup
Now double click each item. To Disable.
Leave only your antivirus enabled.
Then disable All items in your scheduled task as well.
Unless they are related to windows defender.Or your antivirus.
Reboot the machine.

ZHP Scan.

Please download Zhp Cleaner to your desktop. Right Click the icon and select run as administrator.
2. Once you have started the program, you will need to click the scanner button.

The program will close all open browsers!
3. Once the scan is completed, the you will want to click the Repair button.

At the end of the process you may be asked to reboot your machine. After you reboot a report will open on your desktop.

Copy and paste the report here in your next reply.
Rogue Killer Scan.

Download RogueKiller -- (Portable) -- from one of the following links and save it to your Desktop:

Link 1
Link 2
Close all other the running programs
Disable ALL Antivirus -- Antimalware -- Applications.
Right Click Rogue Killer and Run as Administrator.
Click the Start Scan button.
Allow the scan to run -- i... Read more

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I'm trying to help a friend "speed up" his Dell Inspiron 1200 laptop, did all of the usual things software-wise, no apparent malware. It takes a long time to boot and performs sub-par generally. So the last thing before punting and doing a format/reinstall was I'm running a checkdisk, which is listing a long line of "windows repaired bad cluster..." entries. Is the hard drive failing?

Thank you for your help.
 

Answer:Hard drive failing?

takes a long time to boot? try cleaning unnessery files such as temporary files. best software for that should be CCleaner which is free, also try defraging. use perfectdisk trial version its the best disk defragment utility that I'm aware of and you can download the trial version which has 30 days. just analyze the drive with that program and it'll tell you the necessary course of action. just follow its instruction and it should help with boottime and maybe some glitches. also try to disable as many startup programs as you can. be advised that a laptop hdd runs at about 5400rpm. compared to a desktop hdd which is usualy 7200 or 10000 rpm so don't expect the same results.

Edit:

Ccleaner: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
PerfectDisk: http://www.perfectdisk.com/products/downloadit/pd_download_home.cfm
 

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Question: Hard Drive Failing

Hello,I'm trying to help a friend fix his computer but I'm kind of having some problems.  Currently, his hard drive started clicking which at this point i'm sure he needed a new hard drive.  So, we wanted to get his data off of his current drive and put it on an external drive, boot from the external and then copy the data onto the new drive.  Well, we started copying data from the drive to the external until it started locking up and then we were only able to get into Safe Mode which ended up locking up as well.  I thought about using the command prompt to copy data but not as familiar with doing that.  What can i do to copy the data from the C: Drive unto his external G: drive so that the system will be able to boot up from the external drive?  Once able to get the data over, i thought i would need to get into the setup menu and change the boot drive.  Is this correct?  Obviously i'll need to get the data over first.  Any ideas?

Answer:Hard Drive Failing

the command to copy everything from C: to G: will be, copy *.* G: , While you are in the root directory in c:.but note that, you will not be able to boot from the external drive unless you install windows/OS in it.

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Got a 4 year old Gateway PC (now my son's) hard drive making terrible noises that I can only describe as a mechanical 'spring' type boing noise! Sometimes switch on and it cannot find operating system, sometimes it's ok. Is this a dead cert that hard drive is failing and should I remove and put another in or try something else first? Any help much appreciated. Sally

Answer:Is hard drive failing?

It sounds like it is on it's way out...however I take it you have did all the scandisk & defrag checks...or went through the various repair options that windows offers?Bad sectors can be blocked off and normal service resumed, although a thorough disc check needs to be done.

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Question: Hard drive failing

Hi there, My computer has problems.  Ideapad Y560, windows 7, blackscreen on boot.  It boots in safe mode and I ran the Lenovo hard disk storage quick test utility and got the error code WHDO1V01G-V17A71.  It failed the Smart drive short test and the Smart drive self test. My question is this:  Does this code mean it is truly my hard drive failing?  If I get another hard drive, how do I reinstall windows on it, given that my machine didn't come with a windows CD?  To make matters more complex, the holo sticker with my windows key was placed on the bottom of my machine on a raised area and as a result has mostly rubbed away and is unreadable.  Am I boned?

Answer:Hard drive failing

Dear largecow
 
Welcome in lenovo forums
 
As long you ran a test on the HDD and got an error so please contact the below support to have your machine checked for any hardware issue :-
 

 
 
Please further information please let me know 
 
Thanks
Alaa





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I recently purchased a new computer:Vista Home Premium 64-bitCore 2 Quad @ 2.83 Ghz8.00 GB Ram500 GB Hard DriveI noticed as soon as windows was installed and up and running, the system was very slow and sluggish, often unable to complete two things at once...then services would randomly shut down and applications wouldnt open. I tried a disk check but it kept on freezing at the same point (stage 4 of 5) which suggested to me the hard drive was the problem. I've also had a number of problem reports coming up saying an application can't open becuase of the hard drive. I ran SeaTools, and both the Short DST and Long DST failed, as well as the Long Generic. Should I presume the hard drive is basically screwed and I should replaced it/send it back? Thank youHard Drive Model:Seagate Barracude ST3500320AS

Answer:Is my new hard drive failing?

You ran a diagnostic on the hd and it failed? Ummmm, yes - I'd assume there is a problem with the drive

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Question: failing hard drive

I recently replaced my old HDD (Seagate 80GB 7200 RPM IDE)with new one Seagate 500GB 7200 RPM SATA (ST3500418AS)I use the speed fan S.M.A.R.T. to check my HDD status it shows fitness & performance of my HDD above 92-93%but now for past 4 days its fitness keep reducing and now it's at 29% though the hdd is working fineand there is no noticeable difference in the performance(this problem first showed up after a power-out)http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AVviGJadSNBfZGhmcnBxYnhfMmhrZGRxYmhy&hl=enbut the seatool test results says my hdd is fine the power supply have no sata power connectorthe hard drive is connected with a "molex to sata power" connector(it's safe to use this in long term???) why this data is changing so rapidly???is my hdd is failing???please help!![attachment deleted by admin]

Answer:failing hard drive

I would trust SeaTool more than SpeedFan given that it's the correct tool.

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I recently upgraded my RAM and installed a clean copy of Windows 7 and came across the Lenovo Solution Center software, so I installed and ran a hardware test just to see how my laptop was faring. It turns out it passed all but one test, it failed the SMART Short Self Test. Being concerned I googled the scenario and discovered that this means that the hard drive could fail any time (the laptop is 4 years old). The thing is I thought I should run other tests to make sure Lenovo's software is correct so I ran a full check disk via Windows which found some bad sectors and I suppose fixed them. As my hard drive is Western Digital I downloaded their software (Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows) to check the health but on that it shows SMART status as pass and health as good. So is my hard drive going to fail anytime soon, is the Lenovo check even correct? Note: I never experience any crashes or abnormal behaviour, some extra details are below. Lenovo Solution Center result code: WHD00T00G-HK7Z0K Targeted Read Test: CanceledSMART Short self test: FAILSMART Drive Self Test: Not applicableAll other tests passed. Hard Disk Model: WDC WD3200BEVT-24A23T0

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so my win 7 hard drive is failing and i wanted to know which files do i have to copy into my other hard drive so that win. 7 will boot.
THANKS IN ADVANCE
RUBEN

Answer:win 7 hard drive failing ?

You can't just copy files to a new hard drive to make Windows work again.

You can clone the drive by using some third party software however.

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Hard drive failed, new drive installed which worked one day. low continuous beep on startup., goes to to start menu only. tests - show no drive. any suggestionjwejcredit 

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