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I have been using two drives for about 6 months now,
C: is where i store all my windows files
and D: is where I have my documents.. today
I was trying to copy some files from C: to D:
and its taking too long and this is not usual,
I think my drive is having some trouble! is there a way
to check if its fine or not? cus I have some very important
data that I cannot lose in there! could someone please help me?
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by:b0lsc0tt
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Sabrin,

One of the best options is to look at the hard drive manufacturer's page for their diagnostic tool.  If you don't know the manufacturer or can't find the tool then let us know.  Be careful that you don't do a test that would involve writing to the drive since most of those are destructive.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

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by:David-Howard
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Read the post and thought I would chip this in.
Sabrin, you stated that there was important data that you cannot lose.
No matter what the diagnostics report I would start copying that data somewhere else.
If you can copy it to a CD, etc. that would be best. At a minimum I would copy it to the working drive.
Just my two cents. :-)
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by:rodelz
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Definitely back up the data somewhere else.  Maybe it isn't a hard drive problem.  Maybe spyware?  Check all running processes.  Hate to say this but reboot and try copying again if you haven't already.
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by:Sabrin
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I just did a fresh windows xp reintall so i dont think its virus/spyware..
I alrealy did the backup on DVD's but I would like to know if its the
heard drive or something else!
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by:b0lsc0tt
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Run a diagnostic then.  That is great that you have a backup and a good suggestion from David.  If you can't find a tool to use or don't know the manufacturer then let us know and we can help.
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by:crawfordits
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click Start->Run->type "eventvwr" (no quotes)-> click System.. Look for 'Disk' Warnings/Errors if there are alot and they are consistant then a new hdd you might need.. also defrag your hdd
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Whoops. Wrong queation.   : /
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by:Sabrin
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I did the diagnostic test with the seagate floopy disk and the 300gb hard drive passed the full test,
then I did a test for each 100gb partition and they all failed! I guess I have to delete all the 3
partitions and create them again and install windows!! does anyone know what tool shall I
use to create those partitions?
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by:nobus
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>>   300gb hard drive passed the full test,
then I did a test for each 100gb partition and they all failed!   <<  i suppose thes 3 partitioons are on the 300 GB disk? then there is no reason they fail, if the whole disk passed without errors.
btw - you can use the scandisk tool in windows to check the disk too (and defrag if necessary later)
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by:rop12770
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Hi

Test with a very good program: Ontrack Easy Recovery. It will test the disk surface and the partitions.


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by:nobus
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try any of these; Stellar and GetDataback are among the best :
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                  Active undelete
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                        Handy Recovery
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by:Tayger
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- Let Scandisk and Defrag run once.
- Maybe you changed your BIOS settings(?). Go back to default, just to test it out.
- Try a third party HD scanner tool, best from HD manufacturer, if it exists.
- Did you check that all entries in the Hardware Config of Windows are ok? Did yo install the Controller drivers (probably on your motherboard)? Are there any? Maybe the motherboard manufactuer got some.
- If your both HDs are linked to the same date cable, put one on the other controller slot, if available
- Do you work with any RAID system? If so, deactivate them
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by:avinash016
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Maybe you changed your BIOS settings(?). Go back to default, just to test it out.
- Try a third party HD scanner tool, best from HD manufacturer,
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by:Tayger
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No need to copy test from other ppl avinash016
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by:Sabrin
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can someone please tell me which tool can I use to re-make
those 100gb partitions?
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by:Sabrin
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which one is the best?
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by:_
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Since you already have them:

Boot to the Windows CD, and letting it redo the drive, is as good a way as any.

Letting Seatools "zero-fill" the drive and partition/format it is also good.
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by:Sabrin
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I dont have that tool to zero-fill the hd
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>> I did the diagnostic test with the seagate floopy disk

Isn't this the one you have?

SeaTools Desktop
http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html

Download and run it. It make a floppy (or cd) for you to use.
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by:_
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Thank you much.    : )
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by:nasrock
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I think your best bet is to format all 3 drives in the windows setup when you boot from the disk and make sure they are NTFS and then install windows. (you can delete the partitions and remake them in the windows setup when you are formatting).
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