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I chose this section in the event my diagnosis is wrong.

Unfortunately, my most envied 'customer' build has come back to me with a problem. Here are specs:

Maximus Formula
E6750
2x1GB Ballistix 800
Antec True Power 650W
EVGA 8800GTS G92
WD RaptorX

I got a call this afternoon from the owner. He said he had been playing a game earlier, shut down, and could no longer make it into Windows on restart. He described an error which mentioned something about a corrupt registry.

I tried a repair install which ended in a stop error in under 10 minutes.

I set up his Raptor in my sig rig as a secondary and backed up vital files. Watching the file transfers carefully (in Vista if it matters), I noticed one transfer was copying rather consistently and then suddenly stopped. It took a few moments, resumed, and went smoothly from there on out.

On the fresh install of XP Pro, the format (not quick) went smooth but approx 50% into the installation (non GUI), the system reported file copy failures.

I'm almost completely certain the HDD has bought it but I wouldn't mind some OCN input.

Also, the system does run overclocked (a paltry 3.0GHz) but was not overclocked at the time of fresh install.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/22/08 at 3:31pm
post #2 of 10
Try and perform a surface scan. It may just be a couple of bad sectors. Since its only failing on certain areas, that sounds like its the most likely case. If it is, it will just mark them off, label them unusable, and then you can format and use the drive as if nothing happened.
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That sounds like RMA time to me.

Does the HD have enough air flow?
The raptors can run pretty hot..I have three.

You can also run the WD diagnosis software and let it check for errors and such.
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Airflow is more than adequate. CM690 with extra top-mount 120mm and the fact this was built when I OBSESSED about cable management.

EDIT:

CHKDSK /R is hung up at 50%

/P ran successfully but reported one or more errors.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 5/20/08 at 10:28pm
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With /r hung up, its definitely a bad drive, as that is a bigger problem than just a surface abnormality. RMA time!!!
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that drive's well hung.

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at 67% now but it's taken an obscenely long amount of time to get there from 50%.

So...

I have never RMA'd a hard disk much less dealt with Western Digital. How should I go about this? Also, this PC is about 6 months old so the Egg RMA is out of the realm of possibilities.
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I have never RMA'd a hard disk much less dealt with Western Digital. How should I go about this? Also, this PC is about 6 months old so the Egg RMA is out of the realm of possibilities.
The same way as if you RMAd it with Newegg. The only difference is that WD will try and walk you through the scandisk process and maybe some other stuff but if you explain to them what you are seeing and what you already did to test it they should just say "OK here you go sir!".
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**SOLUTION**

Well we went out this morning and picked up a new Raptor only to reach the same error on the Windows installation. Waaaaaaay too much of a coincidence so I removed a stick of memory but still reached the error. Swapped in the other stick and voila...like new again! I swapped in 2GB of my Tracers and everything works just perfectly.
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I had a similar problem with my hard drive and it ended up being bad ram. I'm glad you solved the problem.
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