Re: Faulty/broken Harddrive

Re: Faulty/broken Harddrive


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Posted by Henry on April 04, 2002 at 21:11:29:

In Reply to: Re: Faulty/broken Harddrive posted by Phillip on April 04, 2002 at 14:39:27:

: Thank You Colin 4 your advise it was very useful. Why do hardrives have to be so difficult :0(

: I have now got a clean harddrive but still get the odd error, and get the games dropin back to desktop, would this be the ram?


Did you run scandisk, THOROUGH SURFACE SCAN after you formatted? If you had/have a bad sector or so and did not run scandisk AFTER formatting - that could be a problem.

If you are willing to start over, download and run Seagate's diagnostic utility; it includes a destructive (destroys data) write/read function that will replace bad sectors with spare ones and wipe your disk clean (scandisk marks an entire cluster bad even if only one sector is bad). No need (but no harm) to run scandisk if you use Seagate's Write/Read surface scan.

When you are sure the HDD has a clean bill of health you'll need to do some hardware trouble shooting. Before that, software conflicts and driver bugs can cause problems like yours, so make sure you have all of the latest Service Packs and patches applied to your OS then find, download and install the very latest drivers for all of your onboard features and your expansion cards (mainboard, expansion card and chipset maker's web sites). Check Device Manager - make sure there are no yellow blobs - resolve any that exist.

If you still have the problems after software and drivers are completely up to date you should look to the hardware - ram could be flaky - if you have more than one stick - remove one at a time and see if you still have the problem. Try different memory if you can, if not, find memory diagnostic (web search) and run it - note that GOOD memory diagnostic needs to run overnight, possibly longer; thorough memory diagnostic will be SLOOOOW.

Don't rule out a bug in the game - if it fails in EXACTLY the very same place EVERY time - likely to be the software (nearly the same place - could be component heating).

My leading suspect would be an overheating component - your CPU, video processor, chipset, memory, HDD, ... (touch the suspects ASAP after a problem). Blow into the case with a GOOD fan (NOT an enclosure fan, use a BIG fan); if you get longer up time - find the hot component and cool it.

Good Luck,
Henry


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