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I notice from time to time, THIS IS NOT A CONSTANT THING, but once ina while my HDD squeaks, and it has been, once in a while doing it for 2 months now. I checked it with HDTune Pro while it was doing this,a nd it was fine. I want to check it again, but my trial for HDtune expired. Should I pay the 35 bucks or should I look for a different program?
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There is no ways that I know of other than it doesn't have any failing sectors in a diagnostic scan, no clicking, or a very large drop off in speed (make sure it isn't full too)
If you are worried about it I recommend you keep back ups.

Take the $35 for that software and buy another drive instead.
    
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chkdsk /r

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Well, I was going to do a chkdsk, but last time it did, it was over in like 10 minutes, isn't it supposed to take longer?
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Did you use the "/r"?

From what I know, it takes longer depending on the size of the hard drive (or was it partition?).

Also, if you are using it on your main hard drive, the "/r" will require you to restart your computer as well. On hard drives I suspect problems with I use chkdsk to find any bad sectors. If it can be fixed, great. But then I'd continually do a few more as weeks progress and see if any new sectors keep popping up.

If there's unrecoverable sectors or bad sectors keep popping up in greater numbers, I'd say get a new HDD fast. Otherwise, you should be fine... but still, be cautious and back up information you can't live without.
    
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Ok, sorry for the noob question but, after I do chkdsk /r, I just restart my comp and let it run, where will it say if I have any bad sectors?
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post #7 of 15
IIRC, after a complete scan it will have a log appear in Event Viewer -> System Logs.


EDIT: FROM GOOGLE:
Start Button --> Run --> type in:
eventvwr.msc /s
--> Click OK.

When Event Viewer opens, click on "Application", then scroll
down to "Winlogon" and double-click on it. This should be the
log created after running CHKDSK.
    
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Originally Posted by GoosePants View Post
I notice from time to time, THIS IS NOT A CONSTANT THING, but once ina while my HDD squeaks, and it has been, once in a while doing it for 2 months now. I checked it with HDTune Pro while it was doing this,a nd it was fine. I want to check it again, but my trial for HDtune expired. Should I pay the 35 bucks or should I look for a different program?
GSmartControl. Paste your data and let's have a look and see how close your drive is to biting it.
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1. Go to HDD manufacturer's site
2. Download HDD diagnostic utility
3. Run diagnostics (run SMART and quick tests first, the extended tests can take hours)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MCBrown.CA View Post
1. Go to HDD manufacturer's site
2. Download HDD diagnostic utility
3. Run diagnostics (run SMART and quick tests first, the extended tests can take hours)
GSmartControl does the same tests, and better than most manufacturers' tools. Seatools, in particular, sucks llama.
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