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Windows 7: Hard drive failing, what to do

12 Aug 2010   #21
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

there goes another WD drive



try to copy all personal stuff from said drive using an external hook up.

then buy this:
Buy.com - Seagate Momentus ST9500420ASG 500 GB - Hard Drive


I have 2 of them for 2yrs now ( no click, major heat or loss of speed at all )


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12 Aug 2010   #22
blotsome

W7 Pro x64
 
 

If the drive is under warranty, I'd rather not pay for a new one (even if my purchasing choices back in 2008 were bad), you know?
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12 Aug 2010   #23
pacinitaly

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

got cha
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12 Aug 2010   #24
gregrocker

 

What is HD performance like?

If both chkdsk and HD diagnostics have repaired the drive, it doesn't show further errors, and it performs normally, then it may be fixed and could go on to live a normal life.

That is the point of running the repairs.
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12 Aug 2010   #25
blotsome

W7 Pro x64
 
 

I haven't done anything major yet, just browse the web, and pull up 7MC for 5 minutes, run Xnews. I have not experienced any noticeable issues. Any thing I should do to test it harder? Edit some large photos in photoshop, with bridge open in the background, and foobar playing music... probably the hardest I ever run it, unless watching 1080p content from the harddrive is more intensive than that. I don't game, or render 3D. Maybe I should cancel my RMA then before they ship it out. I guess switching out the drive wouldn't be that bad, except the time loss, but I'm worried they may deny my warranty claim if the drive has been fixed (minus the 100kb of bad sectors).

And thanks everyone, once again, for all the help. I really felt like, at the time, this was a question related to Windows 7, and booting from the CD, and start up repair, but it turned more into a general tech support sort of issue, so thanks for baring with me and helping, and I apologize if it got off topic for these forums.
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18 Aug 2010   #26
blotsome

W7 Pro x64
 
 

Anyone know of a program which is basically the opposite of a duplicate file finder. Let's say I restored my OS image to the new drive, but now the two drives have a different number of files, and a different total space used. If I wanted to scan the two drives to find all the files that are not duplicates, is there a program for that? Or a drive/directory comparison tool which can tell me the differences between the files. I'm concerned that windows image recovery didn't complete, and some files may be missing or corrupt, even though I can boot into the new drive with no problems.. Just want to make sure I'm not missing some obscure, but key files... thanks!
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20 Aug 2010   #27
blotsome

W7 Pro x64
 
 

I found a program, FastCopy FastCopy. I have compared the two drives, and found ~800MB worth of files not found on the newer drive (2768 files or so). If I posted the log, would someone be able to browse it to see if I'm missing anything important. Some of it is browser cache and temp files, but some isn't...
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20 Aug 2010   #28
ShadowTM

Windows 7
 
 

Hey,

I've recently come across a similar problem. I have problems booting into XP / Vista / 7 but Server 03 works perfectly! The best thing to do is to replace your failing HDD with a new one.

I haven't replaced mine yet but I had someone take a look at my computer and he said I should just replace it.

- Mike.
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