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Windows 7: Repair or replace hard drive

22 Sep 2014   #1
onizukaeikichi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Repair or replace hard drive

Hi sevenforums,

I just received a windows message saying that I should repair or replace my harddrive. I am hoping to get some advice.

I am using a lenovo y580, which is known for hard drive heating issue. To resolve this, I took out the DVD drive, bought a HD caddy and replaced my hard drive into the DVD drive bay which reduced the heat significantly.

Right now, I am having the issue of is it a HD caddy failure, DVD drive bay connector failure or the HD failure itself?

Am I resigned to trial and error but running disc check normally or put back the HD into its original bay and test it.

Any help will be much appreciated as I will be buying a new HD or HD caddy. Thanks!


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22 Sep 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Download and run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool. If it's a Western Digital drive, it's called "Data Lifeguard". The other companies have a similar tool.

The tool probably has at least two tests--quick and extended or something like that.
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22 Sep 2014   #3
onizukaeikichi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I googled and I found these:
Verifying The Hard Disk Drive Is Working Normally

Can you recommend which program I should be using? is it HUTIL? My computer is about 2-3 years old.

Thanks
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22 Sep 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Go to piriform.com and download and run "Speccy".

That will tell you the brand name of your hard drive.

Once you know that, go to that manufacturer's web site and find the tool for that particular hard drive model.
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22 Sep 2014   #5
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Lenovo used to be IBM and may have a Hitachi HDD which also used to be IBM. Check either site for their diagnostic.
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22 Sep 2014   #6
onizukaeikichi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Turns out my HD was a seagate. I downloaded the Seatools.

I ran the fast test and it failed. I restarted with the same result.

I then swapped the HD out of the caddy/dvd drive bay back into its original slot. It passed the fast test.

However as per Crystaldisk info (attached picture), I am still getting an error. Right now I am running the Long test to find out. Is Crystaldisk reliable?



Edit: Seems like I have failed the long test as well now unfortunately.

Seatools DOS does not seem to detect my HD but I can boot it fine. I change the settings in BIOS to compatible which detected the HD but the program froze. Help?
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23 Sep 2014   #7
onizukaeikichi

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Bump. Sorry if this isnt allowed.
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