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How to tell if HDD is about to die?

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How can you tell if your HDD is about to die? For about a week or so, my computer has been running EXTREMELY slow. Taking upwards of 10 minutes to boot. Then while lets say watching a movie with WMP, it will stutter for about 5 mins, then play the movie with a few more stutters throughout. When copying stuff on the HDD it is extremely slow.

I've run antivirus, and some adware/spyware programs, to no avail. Is my HDD taking a dump?
post #2 of 10
Try defragging the drive.

Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter

After a while, files get thrown wherever on the hard drive, and things tend to get "clogged up" in a sense, causing the drive to run slower.

EDIT: Depending on the size of the drive/how much data is on it, the runtime for the defragging may take a while.
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Hmmm....

You could have bad sectors. Download some HDD Diagnostics and find out what's up with it.

Speedfan even has a HDD health tab in it. It let me know before my buddy's drive died. w00t.
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Loud noise.
Unnecessary seeking.
Long boot times.
Corrupted files.

And yeah...defrag.
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I have defragged it with Windows(is there a better software out there?). To no avail, and what would be a good program to do a HDD checkup with?
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How come you guys Hard drives always fail?? i always see a thread about failing hard drives. I've never had any problems with my hard drives. what gives?
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The lucky sumbetch Slade, who got a 1200W PSU for the price of a 700W, doesn't get why some people get bad batch stuff because he has never had it.

Go to your HDD manufacturer's website and use their HDD tools...

If it scores fine, then you need a reformat....
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Originally Posted by sladesurfer View Post
How come you guys Hard drives always fail?? i always see a thread about failing hard drives. I've never had any problems with my hard drives. what gives?

Probably because I bought a cheapo laptop to take with me to Iraq, and the sand and dust are getting to it?
post #9 of 10
In my case, the hard drive started making loud clicking noises every once in awhile. After a couple of months, these noises caused Windows to crash occasionally. Occasionally turned into frequently. I replaced the drive because I couldn't use Windows anymore. Now I'm happy again.
    
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My old HD died and before it did, it made all kinds of clicking noises. I've read about techniques to squeeze last minutes out of the HD to retreive data. One of the most popular is to toss the HD into a ZipLock bag and toss it in the freezer for a while. For whatever reason, it supposedly helps. Didn't work in my case, but just thought I'd spread the word.

Good luck with your HD!
    
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