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I managed to defrag in Safe Mode. HD Tune still crashed though
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Diskeeper's automatic defrag runs just fine.

Anyone have any input on whether this is an OS or HDD issue? I'm working on clearing the HDD so I can reinstall Vista, but I'd like to figure out if I need to get a new HDD :/
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Often you need to run check disk before a defrag if Windows detects errors. But if neither are running then it is a bit difficult. Have you done a full virus scan?
Try making yourself a Windows XP boot disk (go to Microsoft website and type in Boot disk XP Home or Pro depending on what you have), boot from the disk you should end up in the command prompt format.
Change to drive C: (just type C: after the line it is on and press enter)
type chkdsk /r and press enter (note the space before /r)
leave it to finish, if it runs then check disk has an error in Windows it may not be a hardware issue.
you may want to consider running the command prompt again, type in SFC /scannow (you will need the Windows CD in the drive to complete this) and this runs the System File Check and compares the contents of the CD with the System files on the PC and resets them if they are damaged. This may fix your issue if the chkdsk option has not already done so.
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Is the boot disk different from the OS install disk? I have both XP and Vista. And would it have to be an XP boot disk?

I tried the chkdsk with the Vista OS disk. This is what it said:
This volume is in use by another process. May run if volume is dismounted. All opened handles on this volume would then be invalid. Force dismount? Y/N

I've run TuneUp Utilities Disk doctor. It restarted before I could see the last step's results, but the whole way through it didn't find anything. And it didn't give a report after it restarted so I don't know, but in the log it says it didn't repair anything.

I've run Avira antivirus scan and it found nothing.

HD Tune still crashes 2secs in when I try the full Error Scan. The Quick Scan runs through fine and finds nothing... So I'm confused there.
There are 3 yellow warnings in the Health but I don't know what they imply.

I just ordered a Samsung 1TB F3 ($53 shipped, no MIR's. couldn't resist) to transplant everything from this HDD over to it, and then reinstall Vista.
On that note, I'm wondering how I should install Vista - on the old drive and then use the new drive for storage/game installs?
Or should I use the old drive only for game installs (since it could crash on me, and I could reinstall the games anyway).

Sorry for all the questions. I try figuring it out on my own but I haven't gotten very far on this..
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