Yeah, I'm back with more tech questions, sorry. A few months ago I purchased a Seagate Barracuda 250GB HDD from Newegg, to use as a second drive. Great deal, worked fine- And then, disaster strikes.
I decided to set my Virtual RAM onto that drive, (other drive was full, I thought it would be good measure). A while later I started getting bluescreen errors, very randomly, though rarely. I took the Virtual RAM off the new drive, and voila no bluescreens.
Now I'm getting Windows errors as notifications on the bottom right of the screen every day or two, saying something about not being able to write to a certain directory, which after a quick google turned out to be the drive's index. Another error, and I find a game folder (Toribash) that I hadn't played in days was completely gone from the drive.
When I got home from school today, I found that the hard drive was not even showing up on My Computer. I panicked, but a computer restart fixed the problem... I finally go to command prompt and type "chkdsk Z:" and get the following:
244196000 KB total disk space. 49660696 KB in 46750 files. 21296 KB in 8006 indexes. 0 KB in bad sectors. 128220 KB in use by the system. 65536 KB occupied by the log file. 194385788 KB available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit. 61049000 total allocation units on disk. 48596447 allocation units available on disk.
So, from that nothing's wrong... Is this the hardwares fault? How could I further test that? If not, what could it be? This is under warranty, luckily.
Thanks for any input, I don't know much about this. I'm getting worried, as I have a lot stored. Cookies. -Bleh
23rd October 2007
Out of interest, do you have Vista?
I suggest you do a boot time, chkdsk, its more thourgh, and do a general tidy up, so defrag, wipe temp files, the usual so its a nice tidy work place I know that sounds silly, but the number of times at work I've ran a general tidy up, free'd up space and defraged, and fixed issues like that. I also suggest you try safe mode, then do a system restore if the above fails... After the restore finishes, it will boot into Normal Mode, where it will display a summary of the restore saying it was successful, take note of that screen, somewhere on it it has "View Files" or something, clicking that will display duplicated files the restore made, take a screenshot, or pen and paper and write down each file name, so that you can search for them and delete them if need be However, its rare for System Restore to duplicate heaps, usualy only 5 or so
It's XP. I'll defrag first. edit: Nevermind, don't need to do a defrag.
I'll try a boottime chkdsk. Sorry if I was unclear though- I CAN access the drive now, it works fine. Errors are just random, so it's hard to tell if something helped or not.
23rd October 2007
Nah, it was clear what was happening. I have a mate this happens to aswell, sometimes there, sometimes not, with no real reason for it, however, you could try new drivers, but its doubtful that will work, try forcing it as slave, using the jumpers, rather then set on cable select, set it on slave Its possible the other drive is slower to 'kick in' then the barracuda is
What is this place?
17th February 2007
Doesn't it have something to do with the cache and the speed of the drive?
Do you think replacing the drive will fix the problems?
I pwn Dread.
14th November 2007
May I Have a link to this drive?
Well fuck. I ran chkdsk a second time, it had an issue, then my drive disconnected. Still gone after restart. It looks like I just lost a whole lot of data. Too late now.
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3rd June 2008
Virtuall Memory is tricky, to much will trash the drive and it won't work right. Try contacting Seagate to see if they can fix the problem. If the help is free take it.