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How do you tell when your hard drive is going...

by raddman / January 25, 2007 1:40 PM PST

Hi...Was wondering if there are any symptoms of a hard drive getting bad besides the squealing bearings...

Can anyone give me some things to look for in the early stages?

thank you...

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Other signs that a hard drive is dying:
by Paul C / January 25, 2007 5:41 PM PST

1. Strange whirring/clicking noises;

2. Inability to retrieve data/start programs or very long retrieval/startup times (especially when booting up the PC);

3. Difficulty/impossibility to write data to disk;

4. Random disk read errors during normal operation.

If you get any of these on a regular basis, drop everything you're doing and copy all your vital files to another HD/DVD/CD immediately. Then get another hard drive and reinstall everything to it.

Of course, if you already have good backups stored elsewhere than on the problem HD, you're ahead of the game...

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If you know the mfr's name
by Ray Harinec / January 26, 2007 7:36 AM PST

go to their website and download their diagnostic program and run it.

Do you have smart drive enalbled for that drive. Both can sense some incipient failures early.

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How do you tell when your hard drive is going...
by klappjack / February 2, 2007 11:24 AM PST

Hard drives can and do fail without warning.

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A couple of classic freeware programs to try
by nicolebond / February 3, 2007 4:57 AM PST
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