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So here's the deal, I accidentally kicked my pc while it was on. It was a slight kick, yet strong enough to cause my system to hang, hang in a way that I could move my mouse and click around, but the hard drive wasn't responsive. I restarted and got a disc read error. After reconnecting the drive it seems to be working fine now, windows didn't get corrupted and there are no bad sectors. So, uhh, what happened? It was pretty much dead for a couple of minutes, couldn't even find the drive in BIOS and now, after reconnecting all seems to be running fine. Did a SATA cable get loose or something? Did I damage my disc?
Edited by SomeRandomDude - 1/16/11 at 3:01pm
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post #2 of 19
check the sata cables,power cables
edit: yes it was a cable problem and unlikely for it to be damaged
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post #3 of 19
Your mechanical drive was threw off by the shock, they don't like shock at all.

It's nothing to worry about.

EDIT:

I wouldn't automatically presume it was a cable problem, if a cable came loose he would have lost connection all together. Mechanical drives have a weakness to shock just like any sensitive moving part does.
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post #4 of 19
if your hdd is making grinding noises then you did something wrong. worst case scenario anyway.

if your windows begins to start having the occasional hang, then reinstall windows.

but if youre happily chugging along, then youre ok
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post #5 of 19
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Nope, no "failing" noises, all seems to be working perfectly now, but man was I scared.

sfc /scannow passed without a single error, can I be sure that windows installation is not corrupted?
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post #6 of 19
You can't really be that sure, it's just a matter of seeing how it runs.

When was your last back up created in system restore? Now might be a good time to use it. It should be fine though, Windows doesn't corrupt every time your system crashes.
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post #7 of 19
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So,uhh, how does it look? I'm actually quite surprised not to find any damaged sectors.
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by SomeRandomDude View Post


So,uhh, how does it look? I'm actually quite surprised not to find any damaged sectors.
It's fine lol. mechanical drives only last like 1 year, they tend to break and fail. a small bump like yours is normal tho, happens to my macbook pro sometimes!
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It's fine lol. mechanical drives only last like 1 year, they tend to break and fail. a small bump like yours is normal tho, happens to my macbook pro sometimes!
1 year? Lol. I've been using a 160gb drive in my laptop for the last 3 years and the thing is just as quick as the day I bought it. And my laptop gets knocked around a lot more than one little gentle kick to a 3.5" drive.
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post #10 of 19
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So okay, I now checked both drives for errors, bad sectors and a couple of other things with HD tune and Seatools. Everything seems to be working fine and dandy, not a single problem. I guess I'll reinstall Windows just in case. I'm still kind of confused as to what exactly happened during the moment when my foot hit the left side of my rig.
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