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Windows 7: HDD crashed, can I ever trust it again ?

17 Jan 2011   #1
charlie23bg

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
HDD crashed, can I ever trust it again ?

To start with, I inherited this PC with 2 SATA drives and 1 IDE drive. Jacked up from the beginning as it naturally boots off the IDE master then has to search out the primary OS partition on SATA 1, but that's not my real problem since it boots ok.
The problem is a 320gb drive on SATA 2, which recently garbled its boot sectors and crashed. It's now been reformatted as a single partition and seems to work ok again ( of course almost everything was lost) but my question is whether there is anything I can do to to protect it from crashing again?
I don't think there's anything physically wrong with it, it always showed in Bios just couldn't be accessed by windows. I edit video and use this as a cache for ginormous raw files which can't be backed up anywhere else.
I feel like I caught a really hot girlfriend who got drunk and started messing around with somebody else, you know? How to restore the trust....


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17 Jan 2011   #2
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there, did you wipe the HDD and align it?

Search for CMD and run as administrator...

Follow this hehe:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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17 Jan 2011   #3
charlie23bg

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Punkster View Post
Hello there, did you wipe the HDD and align it?

Search for CMD and run as administrator...

Follow this hehe:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
edit- thought that required a reinstall but I see it's a com line. I'll try it, thanks
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17 Jan 2011   #4
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Nono, of course you can.. follow the steps on that guide, you'll actually find that after the "clean all" step, you don't need to mark as "active" since you only want it as a Data HDD, i did it with my Data HDD a couple of weeks ago..

Quick Format will only delete its contents, Wiping it with "Clean All" command will fill up the HDD with zeroes (0), it's a better way to format a HDD. Alignment is also a good idea because it will ensure better performance.

Of course, since this isn't your main drive, the one with the OS, you could do the diskpart thing withing Windows...

But the steps are the same
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