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Originally Posted by Dopin_Nuts

I have two questions:

How do you know if your hard drive is corrupted?

and

How can you tell what is corrupting your hard drive?

Try running chkdsk to see if you have any bad sectors. Hopefully this utlilty can fix them as well if any are found.
 

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There are many different meanings to corrupt but as long as the 'bumps' are on the drive the data IS recoverable. Even if it does take four days *remembers repair job he had to do*.....*rolls into fetal position*

There are loads of different methods of getting it back if you cant get the data. Give me a bell and ill post a load.
 

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Well, it seems mostly fine now. But a couple weeks ago I was having MAJOR problems with it, but a combination of reformatting, moving RAM to different slots, using a new SATA cable, and doing chkdsk seemed to fix it. But I still get a long Windows loading screen once every week or two, and before that was the first symptom of my hard drive corruption. So, whenever I get a long loading screen I always run chkdsk and that seems to fix it for a week or two.

But my issue is, I'm selling my mobo and CPU to a friend and using them in a build for him. And I really don't want it to start getting messed up once he buys it.

Also, I just restarted and enabled the HDD SMART monitoring, but what exactly is it?
 

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Bump...I ran chkdsk yesterday and I had a 5 minute boot up today which is not right.

So how do I know if my hard drive is just bad, or if my motherboard is corrupting my hard drive, or my RAM is corrupting my hard drive, or if there is just a bad slot on my motherboard, or my PCI bus is/was too high?
 

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Bump...I ran chkdsk yesterday and I had a 5 minute boot up today which is not right.

So how do I know if my hard drive is just bad, or if my motherboard is corrupting my hard drive, or my RAM is corrupting my hard drive, or if there is just a bad slot on my motherboard, or my PCI bus is/was too high?

Only way to tell what the problem is is to test with different components really. If you've got another HDD, try that first as it seems to most likely cause.
 

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I have a similar problem - I have a WD 80gb, and SMART says that my drive is bad. I can't get into windows because it says a file is missing. Would a reformat make it better, and what corrupted it?
 

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Go to the Maxtor website and get their disk utility program... Run the diagnostics and it'll let you know if anything is wrong.
 

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not sure if anyone has tried this but download speedfan and click the SMART tab and click the hard drive you want.

me I been having problems with my 200gb latly so I have an error stating

Reallocated Sector Count value = 1 Worst = 1 Warn = 63

so lol yeah my hard drive is **** out shoot and I need to replace it

IF you hard drive crashes for no reason you can back it up with Stellar Pheonix FAT and NTFS recovery

I love that program I lost about 150Gb of data and it took almost all night but it recovered it easily without any problems
 

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interesitng.....I didn't think twice about this at the time, but reading this thread jogged my memory...

last week when i was completing my newest build, I installed my OS onto an old Maxtor 19GB drive to trouble shoot some issues with drivers. Anyway, I ended up going to bed and woke up the next morning and hit the power button.....it came up with a HD error, Windows missing file, needs to be repaired. I thought that was odd since I had been using that OS the night before for hours with no issues......then, it wouldn't let me "repair" it. I ended up just wiping the drive and re-installing to finish my trouble shooting.

Seems like it's a common problem on Maxtor......never liked them anyway, a buddy gave me that drive for free a couple years ago when I was desperate for storage........I've never bought a Maxtor......
 
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