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Cause of the problems... simply age, I'm afraid. Esp. an OS drive which'll be used much more than storage drives.


Try entering the code / serial number of the drive into the manufacturer's site. WD, Seagate, whatever. You might still be in warranty. Worth a try.

Often, they'll charge you for local postage and send you a new one. I've had good experience with WD and Seagate's warranties.
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I tried to get the info from HD Tune, but it just showed blank, and no info isn't useful.
HDTune Pro would probably show the info, but the regular version hasn't been updated for newer SATA controllers.

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I was hoping the BD benchmarks would show incredible gains, so I could just wait a few days, get BD, and an SSD for Windows, and a new HDD for storage, but it looks like that won't be happening any time soon. 3 years and it dies. (Right outside the warranty by a few months.)
Bulldozer?

Well, now is a good time to buy an SSD + HDD, I suppose. You can get the rest later. (when it isn't time critical)


This is one reason I go for WD Blacks for my OS drives - the 5 year warranty.
http://support.wdc.com/warranty/index.asp

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EDIT: What could be the likely cause of all these problems? My case is on the floor. Could walking heavily around the computer affect it like this?
I don't know. I'd say unlikely, but possible. I run and jump near my computer all the time - I did have a near-100% failure rate with Seagate drives, but my WD drives are fine...

One of the great things about WD drives is they fail slowly, so you can notice problems and get all your data off - often with months warning. But since your computer was on and you weren't there, you didn't get that benefit.

I'm guessing Windows 7 continued merrily Defragging + doing Superfetch stuff while you were away, exacerbating the problem.
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I guess with that said, SSD recommendations? I only really plan on putting Windows on it. Use a 1TB just for games, and my current 250 for programs. Would the 64GB M4 be enough for me?
It might be large enough. It's currently the best affordable SSD out there.
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Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory View Post
Cause of the problems... simply age, I'm afraid. Esp. an OS drive which'll be used much more than storage drives.


Try entering the code / serial number of the drive into the manufacturer's site. WD, Seagate, whatever. You might still be in warranty. Worth a try.

Often, they'll charge you for local postage and send you a new one. I've had good experience with WD and Seagate's warranties.
They don't even acknowledge the 7500AAKS that I have as a valid serial number, no matter how or what I enter.

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HDTune Pro would probably show the info, but the regular version hasn't been updated for newer SATA controllers.
For a 6 year old motherboard, I'm surprised it's not updated. Like I said, I didn't see anything in my BIOS for SMART enabling.

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Bulldozer?

Well, now is a good time to buy an SSD + HDD, I suppose. You can get the rest later. (when it isn't time critical)


This is one reason I go for WD Blacks for my OS drives - the 5 year warranty.
http://support.wdc.com/warranty/index.asp
I was only hoping to go all at once since I'd have to revalidate Windows when I get a new main setup.

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One of the great things about WD drives is they fail slowly, so you can notice problems and get all your data off - often with months warning. But since your computer was on and you weren't there, you didn't get that benefit.

I'm guessing Windows 7 continued merrily Defragging + doing Superfetch stuff while you were away, exacerbating the problem.

It might be large enough. It's currently the best affordable SSD out there.
It was only on for a week when I wasn't there. Wasn't on between the 12th of September and the 8th of October, when I came home and turned it on. I'll be backing up my data, then trying to see it's in possibly a virus, but with all those bad sectors and read failures, I'm guessing it's the drive, as you're assuming as well.

If I install Windows on an SSD as a boot drive, when Windows 8 rolls around, will I be able to just install Windows 8 to that drive, and plug and play the drives with my data and games on and just right from there?
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Ahh, sorry - I must've misread something somewhere.

Yeah, it's the drive. The hardware is failing. Viruses don't cause this.

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If I install Windows on an SSD as a boot drive, when Windows 8 rolls around, will I be able to just install Windows 8 to that drive, and plug and play the drives with my data and games on and just right from there?
Data? You bet. Games? Depends on how they're installed. Steam games should be fully portable. Blizzard games, too. But off DVD? You'll likely have to reinstall.

Also, many games put saved games in your Docs folder and user profile folder and stuff. You'll have to hunt those things down before wiping your SSD and installing Windows 8.
     
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Ahh, sorry - I must've misread something somewhere.

Yeah, it's the drive. The hardware is failing. Viruses don't cause this.


Data? You bet. Games? Depends on how they're installed. Steam games should be fully portable. Blizzard games, too. But off DVD? You'll likely have to reinstall.

Also, many games put saved games in your Docs folder and user profile folder and stuff. You'll have to hunt those things down before wiping your SSD and installing Windows 8.
Well backing up the Documents folder is something I always do before a format, and other than SC2, LoL, and maybe a few more games, all my games are on Steam, so that should make that nice and easy.

Just since I'm asking already, M4 or Vertex 3? Or is there another series I should be looking at instead?
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