Originally Posted by blue4paper
I'm also ruling out memory. However, I ran a chkdsk and it said there were no bad sectors... I'm trying to "wipe" the hard drive and do a clean windows install, but every time I try a wipe program : killdisk, dban, the ubuntu live cd wipe program, they all either fail or freeze.
Ubuntu live cd wipe failed saying " write error : input/output error"
This all leads me to think its a bad hard drive.
I'm just hesitant on getting a new one because hard drives are just so expensive right now.
edit: i tried the hitachi diagnostic tool, but I can't load windows at this point and I can't make head or tails of the bootable disklette options.
Sorry made a little error on my part use the dos based version if you can stick it on a bootable usb flash drive or the normal CD-R.
To run the DFT, you must download the appropriate creator or image and create a self-booting media.
You may create the media under Windows (using the Windows OS version) or Linux (using the binary image), for instructions on how to run the Drive Fitness Test utility download the User's Guide below.
DRIVE FITNESS TEST USER'S GUIDE (426 K)
Guide to using DFT DISKETTE CREATOR FOR WINDOWS OS (2,130 K)
Creates self-booting media to run DFT | READ ME | HAVING TROUBLE CREATING THE BOOTABLE DISKETTE?
BINARY DISKETTE IMAGE FOR NON-WINDOWS OS (1,440 K)
Creates self-booting media to run DFT | READ ME
CD IMAGE (2,720 K)
Creates bootable CD for Linux, Windows and other operating systems ( requires CD-RW drive and software).
Does not support Microdrive Digital Media products.
Supports all Travelstar HDDs, except 8E, 10E and C4K series.
Does not support Endurastar products.
Does not support external USB or Firewire attached drives.
Compatible only with x86-based processors.
Does not support the PC which loads Intel ICH9M chipset. HitachiGST are working to fix this situation.
Give this search a good look through, it maybe the hdd for sure....