Maybe it wasn't the harddrive?

Posted on 2006-03-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I've been having problems with a hard drive.  Every boot it would need to run chkdsk.  I have 3 hard drives in, but it was mostly the C: drive needing checking.

I cloned the disk to a brand new HD, but the chkdsks are still happenning.  Files are being corrupted and chkdsk is finding them.  But could it be something besides the HDs going bad?  perhaps the SATA controller or the mobo itself?  The SATA cables perhaps?  How do I find out?

Question by:ppainter
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    Is the PC shutting down normally?

    Take the drive to another PC and test it with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools - you can find them on the UltimateBootCD.  Swap the cable for another one.  Swap the power supply.  At this point, if it's ok on the other machine but not on this one, I would consider the motherboard.
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    This is what you need to do to help your troubleshoot..
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    Virus scan and perhaps an adware scan as well.
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    What wattage is the power supply? If you are running 3 hard disks.
    this getting old now but still give you some idea

    AMD Athlon 900MHz-1400MHz 50W-72W
    AMD Athlon XP 1500-2100+ 60W-72W
    AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred 1700-2100+ - 50W-62W
    AMD Athlon XP Thoroughbred 2200-3000+ - 62W-70W
    AMD Athlon 64 2800-4000 - 70w-80w
    ATX Motherboard - 45W-65W
    AGP video card - 40-80W
    256MB RAM Module - 20W
    512MB RAM Module - 35W
    CD-Recorder - 20W-35W
    CD-ROM Drive - 20W-30W
    DVD-ROM Drive - 20W-25W
    DVD-Recorder - 30W-40W
    IDE Hard Drive - 15W-20W
    Sata Hard Drive - 24W-30W
    SCSI Hard Drive - 15W-25W
    15,000RPM SCSI Hard Drive - 35W
    Floppy Drive - 8W
    Network Card - 5W
    Modem - 5W
    Sound Card - 5W-10W
    SCSI Controller Card - 20W
    Firewire Controller Card - 30W-40W
    USB 2.0 Controller Card - 5W-20W
    Case Fan - 3W-5W
    CPU Fan - 3W-6W

    These are estimates and you should make sure you have more than just enough wattage.
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    I've seen corrupt Windows 2000 and XP installations cause problems similar to yours.

    Try a clean install of Windows on one of your drives and see if problem is corrected.
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    Test your harddisks when you attach them to a cheap 3rd party pci plugin controller.
    If they work, it's the mobo
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    first you should test what is causing the chkdsk to happen; it can be caused by a dying disk, but also by some other hard or even soft problem.
    Memory test :   use memtest86+ from      or from the ultimate boot cd.
    Disk test : any of these : (you find some on the cd too)

    you can also diagnose by disconnecting hardware.

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