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Yesterday, my computer seemed to get pretty bogged down. Programs took a while to start up and the HDD was grinding a bit louder/more than usual. I ran a check disk, but I don't even know if that did anything. Came back home and my computer was just sitting at the desktop after. Is there somewhere to check the results?

A bit of looking around on google also had me run a memtest, but it passed twice with no errors.

Help? frown.gif
post #2 of 11
sounds like hdd could be on it's way out.

I think when you run chkdsk, the results are logged somewhere. I'm not sure where though.
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yeah, i have the same problem with my Seagate HDD, its getting old and its givin some problems but i dont think it's gonna die anytime soon. I would upgrade to something a little newer (i'm gonna pick up an OCZ vertex 2 soon, really cheap atm..).
I suppose formatting the HDD could get rid of the problem..
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Good thing my newer HDD is daisy-chained already. I guess I'll just move everything worth keeping over and grab a new one. Might even consider a small SSD for windows..Hm.

Also, this may be unrelated..But I noticed a month or so ago that my Bios POST screen drags a bit too.

Edit: Picked up Gsmart control, saw that suggested in another post here. I had four errors apparently; Two unknown and two were "uncorrectable error in data"?
Edited by Vocality - 3/11/11 at 6:00pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Vocality;12699203 
Edit: Picked up Gsmart control, saw that suggested in another post here. I had four errors apparently; Two unknown and two were "uncorrectable error in data"?

Paste and we'll take a look. smile.gif
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Alright, incoming wall of text.

Error Log
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Complete error log:

SMART Error Log Version: 1
ATA Error Count: 4
CR = Command Register [HEX]
FR = Features Register [HEX]
SC = Sector Count Register [HEX]
SN = Sector Number Register [HEX]
CL = Cylinder Low Register [HEX]
CH = Cylinder High Register [HEX]
DH = Device/Head Register [HEX]
DC = Device Command Register [HEX]
ER = Error register [HEX]
ST = Status register [HEX]
Powered_Up_Time is measured from power on, and printed as
DDd+hh:mm:SS.sss where DD=days, hh=hours, mm=minutes,
SS=sec, and sss=millisec. It "wraps" after 49.710 days.

Error 4 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 13712 hours (571 days + 8 hours)
When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.

After command completion occurred, registers were:
ER ST SC SN CL CH DH
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
40 51 03 20 95 e4 ee Error: UNC 3 sectors at LBA = 0x0ee49520 = 249861408

Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:
CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC Powered_Up_Time Command/Feature_Name
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

25 00 08 1b 95 e4 e0 00 03:43:22.800 READ DMA EXT
25 00 08 13 95 e4 e0 00 03:43:22.800 READ DMA EXT
25 00 08 0b 95 e4 e0 00 03:43:22.800 READ DMA EXT
25 00 08 03 95 e4 e0 00 03:43:22.800 READ DMA EXT
25 00 08 fb 94 e4 e0 00 03:43:22.800 READ DMA EXT

Error 3 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 13712 hours (571 days + 8 hours)
When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.

After command completion occurred, registers were:
ER ST SC SN CL CH DH
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
40 51 83 20 95 e4 ee Error: UNC 131 sectors at LBA = 0x0ee49520 = 249861408

Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:
CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC Powered_Up_Time Command/Feature_Name
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

25 00 00 a3 94 e4 e0 00 03:43:19.000 READ DMA EXT
25 00 00 a3 93 e4 e0 00 03:43:19.000 READ DMA EXT
25 00 00 a3 92 e4 e0 00 03:43:19.000 READ DMA EXT
25 00 00 a3 91 e4 e0 00 03:43:19.000 READ DMA EXT
35 00 20 83 c6 c6 e0 00 03:43:19.000 WRITE DMA EXT

Error 2 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 13293 hours (553 days + 21 hours)
When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.

After command completion occurred, registers were:
ER ST SC SN CL CH DH
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
84 51 00 7d 3f 57 ef

Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:
CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC Powered_Up_Time Command/Feature_Name
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

f9 01 03 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.700 SET MAX SET PASSWORD
f9 03 03 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.700 SET MAX UNLOCK
ec 00 01 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.400 IDENTIFY DEVICE
e3 03 00 ff 4f c2 e0 04 00:00:27.300 IDLE
e3 03 00 ff 4f c2 e0 00 00:00:19.900 IDLE

Error 1 occurred at disk power-on lifetime: 13293 hours (553 days + 21 hours)
When the command that caused the error occurred, the device was active or idle.

After command completion occurred, registers were:
ER ST SC SN CL CH DH
-- -- -- -- -- -- --
84 51 00 00 00 00 e0

Commands leading to the command that caused the error were:
CR FR SC SN CL CH DH DC Powered_Up_Time Command/Feature_Name
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

f9 01 03 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.700 SET MAX SET PASSWORD
f9 03 03 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.700 SET MAX UNLOCK
ec 00 01 00 00 00 e0 00 00:00:27.400 IDENTIFY DEVICE
e3 03 00 ff 4f c2 e0 04 00:00:27.300 IDLE
e3 03 00 ff 4f c2 e0 00 00:00:19.900 IDLE

Attributes (Not sure if this is helpful or not.)
Quote:
SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000b 098 098 016 Pre-fail Always - 196609
2 Throughput_Performance 0x0005 153 153 050 Pre-fail Offline - 237
3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 122 122 024 Pre-fail Always - 288 (Average 282)
4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 709
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 005 Pre-fail Always - 1
7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 067 Pre-fail Always - 0
8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0005 142 142 020 Pre-fail Offline - 28
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 097 097 000 Old_age Always - 24088
10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 060 Pre-fail Always - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 687
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 100 100 050 Old_age Always - 836
193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0012 100 100 050 Old_age Always - 836
194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0002 148 148 000 Old_age Always - 37 (Lifetime Min/Max 10/59)
196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 1
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0022 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0008 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0
199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x000a 200 253 000 Old_age Always - 61
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http://datacent.com/hard_drive_sounds.php

This is a very useful site for website death noises. Hope it helps! smile.gif
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Looks like your disk is having mechanical issues. Which you already could have guessed from the noise. The uncorrectable read/write errors (as opposed to lots of reallocated sectors) give it away as well. Fortunately you seem to have caught it very early, if the drive has only logged 4 errors. I've seen drives at the max 65535 errors...

The platters are probably OK for now, so you should be able to rescue nearly all your data if you're patient and somewhat lucky, and whatever piece is failing doesn't give out entirely before you have had a chance to copy everything.

If it DOES totally fail while you're copying your stuff, it's a good candidate for the freezer trick, but no guarantees there.

Long story short, backup everything fast and RMA the drive.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by error10;12701959 
Looks like your disk is having mechanical issues. Which you already could have guessed from the noise. The uncorrectable read/write errors (as opposed to lots of reallocated sectors) give it away as well. Fortunately you seem to have caught it very early, if the drive has only logged 4 errors. I've seen drives at the max 65535 errors...

The platters are probably OK for now, so you should be able to rescue nearly all your data if you're patient and somewhat lucky, and whatever piece is failing doesn't give out entirely before you have had a chance to copy everything.

If it DOES totally fail while you're copying your stuff, it's a good candidate for the freezer trick, but no guarantees there.

Long story short, backup everything fast and RMA the drive.

Do this NOW
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That sounds easy enough. Just wanted to make sure this was the problem before I replaced anything. Pulled six years out of this hard drive, all that's really left on it is windows and SC2. Got everything else moved over to my 500gb Barracuda some number of months ago.

Will Win7 fit on a 32gb SSD? I've got $60 in Amazon credit..so paying like $30ish out of pocket makes one more appealing.

Thanks for all the help, guys.
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