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Hello everyone I have dealt with many harddrive over the past 15 years die on me or start to break and need replacements so none of this is new but I figured I would share my problems with the community in hopes of helping myself and anyone else interested.

Problem is that my current 1 TB Data drive on daily use started to make clicking, clonking, and almost like read/knocking sounds two days ago at in the evening. I thought to myself o this sounds weird and it caused my entire system windows envirnment to freeze up for a few seconds then return to normal.

After the return to normal my drive would dissappear or for example my torrent downloads would show as invalid or missing file or something along those lines. So i rebooted and the drive worked fine again but still made clicking sounds here and there.

Every so often it would get stuck on a seek/click like sound and even with a reboot it did not stop it I had to do a system shut down let everyone power off then turn it back on. All of the above was over a few hours 1.5 days ago.

I wokeup yesturday to find that my drive was totally not working. The drive was not being recognized in windows and disk manager asked me to initalize it which also did not work.

I have also tried a usb drive connection thingy and again it will not fully functional and needed to initalize for anything to happen so instead of throwing it against the wall I took a break unhooked it plugged my semi empty thank god extra 1TB drive into the same cable and space the broken drive was and booted up to test to make sure everything was stable and it was.

So at this point I know for a fact there is something wrong with my Seagate 1TB drive. So what did I do well I removed it from the case and gave it one last try with all my windows setup ready to transfer any data I could even if it was a folder at a time. So I plugged in the drive vertical off the wood floor powered the system on and long and behold the drive was fully functional in regards to opening it up and opening files.

However before I got to happy I checked disk management and once again it wouldnt let me do anything because the disk needed to be initalized again. So i said screw this and went to backup my data since the drive was working and was not making any click sounds.

Several hours later I successfully backed up the majority of my 1TB of data to my other drive and my broken Seagate 1TB drive is still functioning as a hdd but is also not initalized in disk management.

So this is the story of my weekend and I look for your advice on what to do next.

I did run a full diskcheck and fix and scan for errors 2 times on the broken drive and eventually had to do it in safe mode because windows 7 was using all my ram 8GB and turned my screen a lovely black so I could not do anything or see anything. Research online told me this is almost normal thanks to windows 7 lovely new method of check disk (retarded) and well I said screw this went into safe mode because some suggested it might work better. It did not but I let it run over night while i slept and i wokeup to a drive that had 0 errors or issues.

So the drive must have a mechanical issue or something along those lines. My initalial reaction at this point was to

1. BACKUP THE DATA
2. PERFORM ALL THE TESTS I AM CAPABLE OF
3. GET AN RMA ASAP
4. HOPE IT WORKS OUT.

I turn to you guys now! thanks


ps - i will try and list and answer any and all questions below because I like you love solving issues and always want to get down to the bottom of things.
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one week and not one response really? anyone offer tips?

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also what might be causing this picture distortion issue?
Edited by nycste - 4/10/12 at 2:33am
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Your screenshot is too small - what distortion issue?

Seems like you came to the right conclusion. That drive is dying - time to RMA.
     
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Your screenshot is too small - what distortion issue?
Seems like you came to the right conclusion. That drive is dying - time to RMA.

Distortion might be the wrong word but as you can see in my picture those two pictures should be full screen or full window mode and instead one of them opens to 5mm in size and another one opens in a weird resolution both of which are pratically impossible to see or use.. I do not know how else to describe it except those pictures are supposed to be full pics and for some reasons they are opening funky in windows 7 image viewer program.

thanks for responding anyways!
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1. BACKUP THE DATA
2. PERFORM ALL THE TESTS I AM CAPABLE OF
3. GET AN RMA ASAP

this, rma the failing unit and wait for a new in exchange.
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Your screenshot is too small - what distortion issue?
Seems like you came to the right conclusion. That drive is dying - time to RMA.

Distortion might be the wrong word but as you can see in my picture those two pictures should be full screen or full window mode and instead one of them opens to 5mm in size and another one opens in a weird resolution both of which are pratically impossible to see or use.. I do not know how else to describe it except those pictures are supposed to be full pics and for some reasons they are opening funky in windows 7 image viewer program.

thanks for responding anyways!

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-pictures/some-jpg-files-in-windows-photo-viewer-squashed-to/6cf6a135-3d63-4423-81a7-458144fbecc5

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I've had this same problem for a while, apparently its caused by corrupt EXIF data on the images, particularly the dimensions which Windows Photo Viewer uses to determine the image size when showing it.

the faulty information could be due to some software that was used to edit or resize the image. at least for me, this only happened with images I had saved from the web, so I assume those who resized these images used a program that corrupted the data.


the only fix I know of is using something else to view these photos, for example IE doesn't care about this particular EXIF data so you should be able to view them properly in your browser. or, you can open them in Photoshop or another image editing program, copy the picture, paste as new image and save it. this way its a new image with regular information.
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I removed the faulty EXIF info by right-clicking the photo, going to properties, click the details tab, click the link at the bottom to "Remove Properties and Personal information". Either use the Create a copy option with properties removed on next screen, or Remove button and select all, click ok. Photo is fixed. Although all the EXif info is lost. You might be able to create a copy (use Create copy option) and remove an Exif property one at a time to find the culprit, if you dont want to remove them all.

Other image viewing programs:

http://www.filehippo.com/download_xnview/
http://www.filehippo.com/download_irfanview/
     
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now that is a good response! i havent read it fully yet but i surely will later on! thankx

so from my understanding the "FIX" is a per file basis and sounds horrible is there really no complete fix for thousands of photos? At least i know what to search for now thanks


i tried all the "fixes" and none of them work, so anyone else out there got an idea im all ears, i will update this or move the photo part to another new thread to not derail original topic
Edited by nycste - 4/10/12 at 10:39pm
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Maybe something like this would work?
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/EXiFStripper.shtml

interesting i will forward this is my other thread and hopefully solve this problem for once and for all, i find it odd if more people do not have this issue.

other thread located here

http://www.overclock.net/t/1241712/default-win7-photo-viewer-crunching-squishing-my-pictures-need-help/0_50
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