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Hard drive or Motherboard failing, thinking HDD.

Q: Hard drive or Motherboard failing, thinking HDD.

Hi guys Over the past month I have been getting soft locks on my pc a few BSOD here and there CRC errors when transferring files etc files not opening on the drive - it or drive Motherboard thinking Hard failing, HDD. is my oldest of drives and so I think it s going to kick the bucket The RAM I have in my system was just purchased so I know it isn t that - although I will run memtest on it Hard drive or Motherboard failing, thinking HDD. eventually when I have everything backed up So I have run HD TUNE and the warnings are this only -Ultra DMA CRC Error count Number Date Time Current Worst ThresholdData Temp PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM Current Pending Sector Number Date Time Current Worst ThresholdData Temp PM data column- gt PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM PM Also there are a bunch of others that say quot OK quot but they have many numbers under quot data quot and quot current quot as well too Let me know if this is abnormal Several photographs have failed to transfer from this drive to my backup drive now - luckily only maybe or out of over but it still worries me - as well the drive I am backing stuff up to now has -Ultra DMA CRC Error count - Threshhold data something But I am thinking maybe this is because I am attempting to back the files up to there No other warnings on that drive As well the bad drive once did not show up under My Computer and also when trying to boot it just would hang and not detect the drive and therefore my OS wouldn t start I Just fixed this by disconnecting the Sata cables to the Mobo then reconnecting - it started up OK and here I am backing up files now Thanks very much for your time sorry this is a bit erratically written Any thoughts or advice greatly appriciated nbsp

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Preferred Solution: Hard drive or Motherboard failing, thinking HDD.

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A:Thinking about Replacing Hard Drive

Short answer - maybe.
What's the operating system?
What's the security software?
Are both current?
What scans have you run?
(replacing the motor on a vehicle with flat tires won't make it run better)
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A:Thinking about installing a second hard drive

what's your motherboard?
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A:Thinking of buying a new hard drive

The WD1001FALS should be your best choice. It's available for about $100 shipped on most sites, and I believe ZZF sells it with a $15 MIR.
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I'm running windows XP I have about a 40gb HD of which only half is full, including games etc. So as you can see I dont need anything fancy and dont want to spend much. I just want the facility to recover all of my documents, emails, favourites,pdfs, etc.
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A:How can i copy my failing 8gb hard drive to my new 80gb hard drive?

For free:

HDClone (free edition only smaller to larger)
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A: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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A: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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A:Hard Drive failing, need to get new hard drive, 1st need to know ton of things, HELP!
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A: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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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?


A:Hard drive failing?

Here is a free disk copy utility,
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A: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.

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A:Hard drive failing?

 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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A: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:,156250.0.html
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A: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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A: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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A: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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A: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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BTW I am new to the forums so sorry if I posted this in the wrong place.

A: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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A: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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A:Failing Hard Drive???

Run chkdsk or some other hard drive utility.

And as always: sfc /scannow
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A: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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A: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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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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A: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.


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



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

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A: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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I'm going to suggest also looking in the DirecTV forums on dbstalk
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.
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A:Hard drive failing, what to do

First, back up everything. When you are done, I will give you advice, but the back up gets priority.

We can test the HardDrive, etc.

Here is a start, but back up, now
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A:Hard Drive failing?

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A:Is my hard drive failing??

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Go HERE and read the this thread.

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A:Help me get data from failing hard drive

This may save your documents
Most warranties do not cover dropped computers, unless you purchased the special warranty that covers accidents.

There is no way of telling how software will react on a damaged hard drive etc.
Use hard drive as little as possible until recovery
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WD Support
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A:Laptop hard drive failing...

I would back-up everything immdeiately to DVD and flash.

I used the following to transfer everything including the OS to a new laptop harddrive under 10 minutes. It was one of the easiest things I have ever done:
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Windows Xp comes with a files and settings transfer wizard and backup utility that can be found by clicking the Start menu > All programs > Accessories > System Tools. They are basic, but will do the job. Outlook and other programs will generally have built in tools that allow you to back up and restore your settings relating to them. If you still have your original install media for your programs then you should have your software keys on or in the packaging. Make sure to backup your drivers, but before you uninstall anything, check to see if your computer has a recovery partition as it will save you a lot of time.
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Have a look at this link,
It contains link to the manufacturer's diagnostic programs
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Take a linux live distro, and run badblocks -c 100000 -sn /dev/sda (or /sda1).



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Quote: Originally Posted by Caddish

Would a linux live-cd or runing in safe mode or backup utility help ?

This is definitely worth a go by getting the Windows 7 OS out of the way. Something like Puppy Linux or Hirens Boot CD.
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A:hard drive failing warning

Hi Lost896, welcome to the board,

Before getting into more complicated trouble shooting, first, I recommend to make sure your SATA cable is making good connection by wiggle and tug on it. Replace the cables with aftermarket ones when you have a chance. Loosen SATA cable is a know cause for problem of the this type.

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A:Backing up a failing hard drive

Two options I can think of ..
1) Make a backup Image to a data file in an External HDD.
Replace the HDD and attempt to restore it from the Backup Image.
I'd use Acronis .. But I hear the freeware Macrium is good.
Imaging Backup Programs run from a CD loaded to RAM.

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As you removed your first HD Drive.

Boot up using the Startup Repair CD or Windows 7 DVD. (not the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk) If you have a Netbook, you will need a CD/DVD drive.
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You might see what this tells you:


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A:Windows says my hard drive is failing: Can I save it?

Seasons Greetings
Do not use that drive to store and important documents, it will fail. You may be able to postpone the inevitable by performing a scan disc. In step 4 check both boxes
Good luck
Disk Check
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A:I am getting a "hard drive failing" error message

Hello palindrome388 and to Bleeping Computer.If you go to the website of the manufacturer of your hard drive you should be able to download a diagnostic tool that will tell you if your drive is failing and needs to be replaced.
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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.

A: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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I ve got an internal Seagate hard drive which is not Saving hard drive failing data from in such great health It first showed some symptoms when in my Sony laptop see http answers Saving data from failing hard drive microsoft com en-us af-b - b -b - fc dce tab AllReplies I was able to retrieve some files using Unstoppable Copier but this program kept stopping when encountering a bad file or sector I removed the HD and installed it via the internal SATA to my home computer and began copying files But whenever it encounters a bad file I m trying to transfer it slows down and I have to reboot And about of the time after I reboot the suspect HD isn t detected in My Computer I d like to save all the good data - and have a list of the files which are bad or won t copy But with the computer constantly needing rebooting this is becoming a very frustrating tedious process Does anyone have any ideas of how I could easily save all the data without having all these interruptions Thanks in advance for any help nbsp

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TL DR below though the text explains the problem more specifically Recently I had to troubleshoot my brother's computer as it would not boot up anymore even safe mode would hang at loading files We ran a start-up repair and after hours it didn't work so we decided like we usually do when booting up becomes a problem to boot from the installation CD and reformat the drive This is where things got strange upon booting it would load the windows files like normal then show the windows logo After that it goes to a black screen with a cursor and stays on that screen for or so minutes much longer than it should failing hard Can with drive a booting a from CD? mess be until finally popping up to the start up screen sometimes it would not pop up We then hit the quot Install Now quot button and it goes to the quot Setup is Starting quot screen Once here Can a failing hard drive mess with booting from a CD? it just hangs though the cursor is spinning we waited about minutes before shutting down At first I thought maybe the disc can't be Can a failing hard drive mess with booting from a CD? read correctly so after trying my other disc and even an external disc drive thinking his internal one is shot I still had the same problems So as a last Can a failing hard drive mess with booting from a CD? attempt I unplugged the problem HDD and booted from the CD black screen lasted less than a minute and upon clicking quot Install Now quot the setup screen showed up for a few seconds and then it finally proceeded to the rest of the installation I now know the HDD is obviously gone so I bought a new one and Windows is currently installing as I type this but my question is why would the hard drive make booting from the CD impossible and I haven't even got to the part where I choose which drive to format I have fixed a few computers and did plenty of installs and this was the first time where it was the HDD preventing me from even being able to reformat it TL DR - How can a hard drive prevent me from booting from a CD when I haven't got to the part to choose a drive to format Thanks in advanced P S I wasn't sure if this was the correct sub-forum but it had something to do with the installation disc Sorry if I posted in the wrong place

A:Can a failing hard drive mess with booting from a CD?

I have similar issue as well. Not only booting from HDD give me diskread error message, when I booted from external USB drive to reinstall my Windows, the "Setup is Starting" screen hangs for a few hours. I tried to check my disk status via diskpart, it hangs after I executed diskpart command. I tried several suggestions with bootrec.exe/fixmbr and fixboot, but then it hangs at bootrec.exe/scanOS and/or bootrec.exe/rebuildBCD.

My theory is, the installation screen will freeze when it is trying to detect which hard drive in the PC to install the Windows into, in case your hard drive is failing. Same problem with diskpart command, I think it freezes because of trying to detect a failing hard drive. Booting from CD/DVD and/or external USB drive works normally, only the part when it is trying to detect your failing internal hard drive it will hang.

If replacing a new HDD solves your problem, then I guess I have to replace mine too.