Re: Hard Drive woes

Re: Hard Drive woes


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Posted by Henry on January 04, 2002 at 09:54:53:

In Reply to: Hard Drive woes posted by MajBach on January 03, 2002 at 15:39:16:

: ĎGotta quirky problem with my hard drive I need help with. I have a Seagate (I think) 17.x Gig Ė partitioned into 3 drives. Sometime within the last month (I never really noticed when exactly), it started making an intermittent and random clicking noise. At first, I thought it was windows randomly accessing the floppy drive. The noise is very similar to the noise you hear when the metal sheath on a floppy disc is retracted after inserting it into a floppy drive. It makes that noise followed by a quick click and then it doesnít do it again for several minutes. When it does this, any program accessing data on the drive pauses (obviously), but the mouse, a video or a game is unaffected. However, if Iím typing something, the text does stop until the clicking stops Ė which takes maybe an entire second and a half. Iím positive it is the HD too since I have unplugged everything else and the problem persists.
: So what have I done to try an fix this? Well, first I made the standard inquires on a search engine and followed any advice I found Ė like looking for shortcuts or making sure no programs were running that may cause this. Iíve also tried to find some sort of pattern, like when a program is launched etc. It seems to do it whenever it wants albeit much more frequently (like every minute or so) when Iím using the PC as opposed to every ten minutes or so when a Screen saver is running.
: After a week of trying to figure this out, I decided to do a system restore of my C: drive (donít forget, I have three partitions Ė Windows 98 ME is on the c: drive ). I use adeptec Take Two, a simple but excellent back-up program that backs up an entire drive or partition from Windows but restores from DOS. I immediately realized that my problem had nothing to do with Windows (imagine that!) because during the restore process Ė which is run entirely from the floppy drive Ė the hard drive made this noise several times.
: So, any idea on what could be causing this? There seems to be no corruption of data when this happens, only a pause and the distracting noise. I have been known to play around with my BIOS settings, but nothing that I donít really have an idea about what Iím playing with. Could it be in the bios? Is there something wrong with the drive? Havenít changed any jumpers or anything either. Any insight is greatly appreciated.

: MajBach


Your HDD MAY be failing.

1. BACKUP any files you want to keep BEFORE you do anything else.
2. Download and run the HDD maker's diagnostic utility; run surface scan (probably readonly) if that is a diagnostic option.
3. IF your drive passes maker's diagnostic - run scandisk and perform a thorough read/write surface scan (better than readonly).

IF your problem was due to a bad sector (or more) you should monitor the HDD frequently to see if it is getting worse. If your HD is getting worse - plan to replace it. If your HDD is getting worse rapidly - replace it ASAP. Make sure you backup any and all files you want to keep; backup before you end a session until you are confident the drive is OK.

Good Luck,
Henry


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