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hard disk partitions

by hideyourface / February 5, 2006 4:45 AM PST

When my dad installed this second hard drive, he seperated it into 4 partitions. Now, I've taken all the stuff that was on it and put it on my original C drive because I want to make the hard disk my dad put it, back into just one drive. (Im also getting messages at startup saying the drive is in bad condition. Will formatting fix any errors on it?)

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(NT) (NT) Maybe not, it depends on what error you have..
by Melati Hitam / February 5, 2006 4:52 AM PST
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(NT) (NT) The drive is likely failing, but need the exact message
by John.Wilkinson / February 5, 2006 4:54 AM PST
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the error is..
by hideyourface / February 5, 2006 9:50 AM PST

Pri slave hard disk S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD. Back up and replace.

I'd really like to get the hard disk to be only one drive and not partitioned so I could error check just one.

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Sounds like the drive is failing...
by John.Wilkinson / February 5, 2006 10:07 AM PST
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That message means the hard drive, not just one partition, is on its way out (physically), so you should backup your data and replace it immediately. You can read up about it by clicking here, but after you backup any data you cannot afford to lose.

Sorry mate.

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oh well
by hideyourface / February 5, 2006 12:10 PM PST

ah, but this drive is only a little over a year old. That sucks. I thought I might be able to fix it by checking for errors.

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Just out of warrenty...
by John.Wilkinson / February 5, 2006 1:28 PM PST
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Provided it had the standard 1-year warrenty, it knew just when to die. While hard drives usually last around 4 years the time can vary greatly...I've had a couple of drives that died within months (warrenty covered the defective product and backups the data), yet I have three that have been going for over 8 years now without complaints. Just luck of the draw I guess.

Happy shopping.

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