Wierd Harddrive Problems
Posted on 2003-11-09
This one has me stumped. I've had my custom built PC for a while now, and it has always run great for me. Recently I started having a great deal of problems with it seemingly related to the Harddrive. Files were being corrupt and unreadable, and finaly it got system files and I had to re-install windows. But even then it continued writing back sectors and acting like the harddrive was failing. My initial diagnosis was that the drive was dated and was begining to show its age so I purchased a new drive and replaced the old one (again, re-installed everything on my system).
Well, it's been a couple weeks since I replaced the drive, and it seems to be working somewhat better, however it is beginning to show the same symtoms on my new drive (checkdisk is finding problems.) Also, a new and equaly bizarre issue has surfaced that I'm thinking is possibly related. Before I re-installed everything I backed up what I considered to be important documents to a CD. Now I've copied those docs back to my harddrive from the cd, and like windows often does, it has marked the folder as read-only (as it was on a cd). When I get the properties of that folder, it shows the read-only box as being checked, I un-check it and it does it's thing and shows it un-checked, but if I go back into the properties of the folder it shows the box as being "magically" checked again, and I can't work with the documents.
It seems like too big of a coicidence for two drives to do the exact same thing... I thought maybe something wrong with the IDE Channel, so I cracked the case and switched my CD drives and Hard drives around to the oposite channels, which didn't seem to have any effect.
Anyone have any idea what might cause this sort of problem? Anything I should try, that would narrow down what could be the source of the problem? Could it be caused by a kink in the cable maybe? Or is it time to replace the Motherboard?