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I've got 2 old old IDE HDDs that have died in one way or another. Can no longer get them to completely boot into windows. They both fail in different ways

Any suggestions on a software to diagnose them?
EDIT: May or may not be important: One is a Seagate, the other is a Maxtor

Currently backing the data on them up to a newer computer via a USB SATA/IDE Adapter - more or less a last ditch save my stuff typa deal

Pretty eager to find out if their issues are mechanical (bad head, etc) or not so I can decide what to do with them =D

Thanks
Edited by Cloud007 - 3/15/11 at 9:33pm
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I don't think there are any soft to diagnose this, although SMART is probably an option; for it you can download HDTune and check the health status - it works only of the HDDs are on native SATA/PATA, not thru USB. The thing is it doesn't show anything but error codes that you can google.
Here's my take on possible faults:
*platters: clicking sound
*motor: spins up/down like it was trying to go up to speed, but can't
*alignment heads/platters grinding sound
*PCB: sometimes/always the HDD isn't recognised as being connected to anything, sometimes even prevents booting if on the SATA/PATA ports

...maybe someone else has other ideas, cheers
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Currently running the a few HD Tune checks on the first Drive. Surprisingly I was able to get the S.M.A.R.T. values even though its through USB



The Reallocated (Bad) Sectors is a bit worry-some, maybe. I know that as drives age, some sectors are definitely expected to go bad over time - this drive is from around 2001.

The CRC I read is a running tally and isn't resetable. Prolly got to where it is from when I was messing around with the cables and HDD order about 6 months ago.

No audible noises that are out of the norm for it. While recovering the data, the lazy way (ahem, select all, cut, paste), there were files that windows said it was unable to find... numerous files from System & System32 folder. Guessing that those files were in a sector that went bad and unsurprisingly, I then had issues fully booting into windows.

Will upload more images as the tests complete =] Running the Error Scan atm.. it takes forever

Edit
Only took an hour and a half for 160gB


Just clicked "Speed Map", 2 seconds later...




Edit 2
Now heres something weird. Either your not supposed to do this or HD Tune is a lil buggy. After doing that 1.5hr error check, I started messing around with the quick modes - just to see if changing the Units would do anything. Results? The same as expected. The twist? If I went to a different tab, say the Folder tab, and then came back to the Error Scan tab... it no longer looks so green and pretty...

Doesnt always look like that. Just tried maybe 20 more times. Sometimes prettier, sometimes uglier.
Edited by Cloud007 - 3/16/11 at 5:37am
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
*platters: clicking sound
*motor: spins up/down like it was trying to go up to speed, but can't
*alignment heads/platters grinding sound
*PCB: sometimes/always the HDD isn't recognised as being connected to anything, sometimes even prevents booting if on the SATA/PATA ports

...maybe someone else has other ideas, cheers
I do remember that the other drive had audible sounds! When I run it through and back up its data, I'll keep an ear out for these sounds =D

Btw, whats PCB? Because it definitely has the issue of sometimes/usually not being recognized in the bios or in windows.
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HD Tune's "Error scan" is completely useless. This is one of the reasons I stopped recommending HD Tune.

In any event, your drive is getting old, and it's just going to reallocate more and more sectors until it runs out of space to reallocate to. Keep in mind that each time one of these reallocation events occurs, it's because a disk WRITE failed at a bad sector. This doesn't tell you whether the drive is having trouble READING data. (It almost certainly is.)
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