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    Time for a disc replacement??

    When I tried booting up my computer today it kept stalling before the boot menu and one of the hard discs kept cycling on and off(didn't sound like clicking though although it is hard to tell with this drive) and this had XP installed on it. The other disc has Vista on it and the boot loader on it. I managed to boot using another disc which had Windows 7 on it(I also kept the disc which had issues plugged into the motherboard) and it took a while for the computer to recognise the problematic disc. However after a while when the disc had warmed up I had no issue copying files over to another disc.

    I again mucked around with the discs and now the computer boots fine with the problematic disc in it unlike before. The SMART data looks fine although I have not tried HUTIL yet.

    It is worth just replacing the disc with something like a 500GB F3 or do you think this is a one off problem with the disc??


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    Re: Time for a disc replacement??

    Definitely run a few tests on it, SeaTools or HUTIL and see what they come up with. If there's nothing of note then I'd imagine it's just a blip, maybe even a loose connection or something.

    Obviously though, I'd strongly advise that you've got it backed up, assuming you haven't already. I'm always terrified of disk failure myself, you never quite know what those things are up to behind that metal exterior, and after an episode like that I'd be doubly worried.

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    Re: Time for a disc replacement??

    The annoying thing is that I only got the disc early last year and I the other disc is exactly the same model(but from late 2006) and is fine!! They are both Samsung Spinpoint T HD321KJ drives.

    I backed up the important files now so I think I will get a new disc.
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    Re: Time for a disc replacement??

    Luckily discs are quite cheap at the moment so £35 for 500Gb is a small price to pay to ensure your data is safe

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    Re: Time for a disc replacement??

    Last time I went through this it turned out to be the PSU. The 80GB Samsung was just the most sensitive component in the system it seems.

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    Re: Time for a disc replacement??

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Last time I went through this it turned out to be the PSU. The 80GB Samsung was just the most sensitive component in the system it seems.
    I tried changing the SATA port it was plugged into and the hard disk did the same thing. The other disk which is the same model was fine.

    OTH,I hope the PSU is fine(voltages seem within spec though ATM) as Shuttle ones are very expensive.


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