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I have had many problems with my computer (not sure which part of it). Some of you have probably read the other threads I've made on this topic, but here I go again. A while back, like a couple weeks after I got this computer, I started getting long Windows loading times. Like 5 minutes on the Windows loading screen with the little bar on the bottom, the screen right before it has you log on. So, at first it only happened every couple days or so, but it slowly progressed and progresssed. Eventually it would happen about 50% of the time, and about once every two or three days I would get disk boot failures. And the weird thing, is it would randomly work. So, I would get a disk boot failure and then I'd turn my computer back on again a few hours later and it works fine. And then the next day I get a disk boot failure.
Whenever I got a disk boot failure it wouldn't recognize my hdd so I was unable to format/repair. So then after being fed up with this, I formatted it one day while it was working and right when I started installing my drivers it happened again.

So then I moved my X-Fi down to the lowest PCI slot, moved my RAM into different slots, repaired my hdd, formatted again, use a different SATA cable, ran chkdsk, and it fixed it, at least until now. A couple days ago I turned on my system, and yay I got a 5 minutes long Windows loading screen, the first symptoms of my problems. Every time I get one I run chkdsk and it seems to help a little bit because I only got them every 2-4 days now on average. But it is definetly happening more often as time goes on.

So what is my problem?? Do I have a messed up hard drive, do I have corruptive RAM, or a corruptive motherboard? I just bought a DFI SLI-D and will be getting it next week probably. But I'm leaning towards my hard drive being the root of my problems. So, should I keep my hard drive now and see what happens? Or should I go out and buy a new hard drive(s)?

If I do buy new hard drives I was thinking about getting two of these and putting them in RAID 0. Would that work good or would there not be any difference then my current hdd. Should I get a different hdd than that? I only want to spend around $100 on hard drive(s).

Some help would be appreciated, and PLEASE no one tell me to run disk cleanup or to defragment.
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Looks like you got a hard drive failure Same thing happened to me, except I waited longer and then all my files corrupted
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Well S.M.A.R.T. doesn't show anything extremely abnormal and the hard drive is only a few months old. And sometimes it works fine, its basically like if it can get into Windows then it's fine.
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2 of those 80s in RAID 0 wouldn't be faster?
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post #6 of 12
Mabye slightly. Does your mb support sataII? If so then they will be close. Plus your getting 100 gig more space.
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post #7 of 12
That does sound like a failing drive...try some of the HD utilities like HDtune and HDspeed (major Geeks has the DL) and see how they are in those benches...
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Well S.M.A.R.T. doesn't show anything extremely abnormal and the hard drive is only a few months old. And sometimes it works fine, its basically like if it can get into Windows then it's fine.
My S.M.A.R.T. showed 100% OK on my DEAD drive
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I'm getting an SLI-D, so yes it supports SATA 3.0 GB/S. And I don't use that much space at all, 160 would probably be overkill, and I don't really care for fault tolerance. So I would just want the best performing hard drive(s) for around $100. I'm about to run HDTune so I'll let you know how that turns out. And bentrinh, how did you know it was dead then?

EDIT: Ran HDTune, the health looked fine and then I did the quick scan error scan and it was fine.
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post #10 of 12
Yea... Go for the Hitachi 80GB SATA 3.0GB/s Drives:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145082

BTW, what are you doing with your P180 if you're getting that Lian-Li. And WHEN are you getting the Lian-Li.
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