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AND_YOU_ARE 12-25-2004 05:57 PM

Hard drive failure?
I am thinking that my hard drive might fail soon. Its a 80gb maxtor, ata133. It takes longer to boot up windows and load the programs than before. Twice the time it took before. It makes a sound like an alternater is trying to turn over when its booting up windows. Once in windows it sounds fine and dows not run slow. Does all this mean it is going to fail?

I run the computer 24/7 seven months of the year when at college. I often run programs like video compression, audio and video conversion over night. The drives get a fiar amount of use. Should they last longer than this?

Should I be conserned that it might crash soon?

EricB 12-25-2004 07:54 PM

use this to test it. powermax 4.0

AND_YOU_ARE 12-25-2004 07:57 PM

What will this tell me? Does it tell the condition of the drive or performace or what?

EricB 12-25-2004 08:09 PM

It has different kind of stress tests plus other things like formatting (high level or low level). I never use it to test a drive, but I am about 2 now. we had a winter storm here in columbus ohio, where the freezing rain and snow was make tranformers explod left and right. I got a electric surge on this computer and the hard drive hasn't acted right since

AND_YOU_ARE 12-25-2004 08:13 PM

Ah. After bringing my computer home from college it has been having those problems ever since. I am thinking that all the use that I have it might be time to bite the dust.

AND_YOU_ARE 12-28-2004 12:00 PM

Nobody else has any ideas that could help?

barhoc11 12-28-2004 12:05 PM

I would just make backups of everything you need that is crucial, just in case. Are you sure its the hard drive making that loud noise when you start up? I had the same problem turned out it was a bad fan.

AND_YOU_ARE 12-28-2004 12:08 PM

Yeah its the hard drive, because it goes away after windows is loaded. Only during booting up do you hear the noise. Never before has it happened, and I have tried it with out the fans on when booting up.

EricB 12-28-2004 01:08 PM


Originally posted by AND_YOU_ARE
What will this tell me? Does it tell the condition of the drive or performace or what?
I test it on mine. it had an error. I did a low level (full) format. I then partitioned it and all is fine now. I would back your data files up and try to reformat to see if it goes away. if not you need a new hard drive probably

ardy89 12-28-2004 02:17 PM

that link dont work, please could u redo it!!! i would like to test my hard drives!!

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