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Right so i am now thinking that one or more of my hard drives are on there way out, but how do i tell which one it is? I get times where the computer will lock up and stutter, sound still plays but everything else just locks up.

But how do i tell which drive is at fault, Current drives:
Hard Drive 1 : Drive C + Drive D (nothing On Or Used)
Hard Drive 2 : Media (Not used until i am watching something on it)
Hard Drive 3 : My Games, again not really used unless gaming

So its kinda making me think that its the Hard Drive 1 thats at fault but how can i tell for sure? what would be the best application to use to determine if it is dying?
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post #2 of 12
Run a Drive Fitness Test (DFT)

Search google for a Drive fitness test program.

Burn it to a disk and run it.
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Okay thanks will give it a try, What is the best one to use - i see loads
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i would think its the OS drive unless it only does this while accessing your Games or Media drives
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Originally Posted by labbu63 View Post
i would think its the OS drive unless it only does this while accessing your Games or Media drives
Im guessing its the OS drive as the problem happens when im gaming, watching movies and when im not even doing anything and the Media drive is ONLY used when watching movies, shows and such as it has no programs on it at all.
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post #6 of 12
Grab HDTune or HDTune Pro and post screenshots of the Health tabs for each drive. The SMART info there can pinpoint whether any are failing.

Oh - SB850? Only HDTune Pro shows SMART info for that. (But there is a 30 day trial.)

http://www.hdtune.com/


If these lockups are very frequent, you might be able to graph them on Process Explorer.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s...rnals/bb896653

It can track I/O usage, so flatlines should be quite visible.
     
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post #7 of 12
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When it happens yes they can be frequent and last several minutes at a time, but what i dont get is that i dont get it all the time, i can go days without it happening at all and then have it like like 10 times in one day, very annoying.

Installed HD Tune Pro trial and will get screenshots of all 3 drives and post them later on tonight or tomorrow
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post #8 of 12
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Right checked all 3 hard drives.
Hard Drive 1 : Everything Said Status Okay
Hard Drive 2 (OS drive) : Calibration Retry Count and Ultra DMA CRC Error Count Both Gave warning
Hard Drive 3 (Games drive): Gave Ultra DMA CRC Error Count

Now i believe the Ultra DMA CRC Error Count error is about possible damaged cable, what else could course these errors, as i checked the cables recently and didnt see any damage in them - could it be internal cable damage rather then damage i can see?

I have no idea about the Calibration Retry Count error - can anyone give me some information on this kinda problem?

For some reason when on the Hard Drive 3 and i go to Info, it doesnt show any Volumes or anything - anyone know why? the drive still works, i was just using it to play a game that is on that drive


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Edited by ArmageddonAsh - 10/9/11 at 5:41pm
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post #9 of 12
Yes, it would be internal cable damage. Just enough metal fatigue that data got corrupted one or seven times (depending on the drive).


Info on Calibration Retry Error:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R....T._attributes

Quote:
This attribute indicates the count that recalibration was requested (under the condition that the first attempt was unsuccessful). An increase of this attribute value is a sign of problems in the hard disk mechanical subsystem.
That suggests that the drive in the third screenshot is the problem drive. I'd watch that Calibration Retry Count carefully to see if it goes up in the next week or two.
     
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Okay thanks, from what i have read about the cable thing, as its a CRC error means that it has already happened and that nothing can be done about that (of course) could that also mean that what ever made it happen could have fixed it self?

I will check it everyday and compare it to screenshots i took yesturday and see if anything changes
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