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Soon to be dead hard drive?


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#1 johnnyxxxcakes

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 04:17 PM

I have an Acer Extensa 4620z laptop with a 143GB SATA hard drive. The serial number I believe is WDC WD1600BEVS-22RST0-(S1). I've experienced systems freezes, and I'm afraid it's a sign of a hard drive going bad.

At first, I had Hardy Heron installed on this laptop and I've experienced a time when the entire system just freezes/locks up and the cursor won't move when I wiggle the mouse. Also, any music I had playing just replays as if it's stuck in an infinite loop. An example is when I'm playing a song like "Blah Yeah! Blah Yeah! Bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl-bl" and that just goes on. The only thing I can do is to hard reset. After the laptop shuts down, I press the power button again and the system comes up just fine. It's only happened on Hardy Heron about 3 times total within about a month's time.

This is a bit off topic, but I updated to Intrepid Ibex and I just couldn't stand it because of the performance issue. Everything ran slower even though I KNOW I had plenty of memory (2GB with Pentium Dual Core). But back to the subject; the system froze 2 times, within 20 minutes! That drove me over the edge to switch back. This usually happens when I'm either using the computer on an average basis, or when I just have a media player playing (Audacious) music and just Nautilus open for music. So today I reformatted and installed and went back to Hardy Heron, and everything seems to be perfectly fine.

Is this a sign of a hard drive failure coming? I have all of my data (pictures, text files, etc.) backed up on a flash drive, and my music on my iPod, so I'm prepared for a storm, if any. :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 05:48 PM

When was the last time the drive was defraged?
Download the data lifeguard diagnostic tool to check the drive:
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.as...d=1&lang=en
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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:03 PM

When was the last time the drive was defraged?
Download the data lifeguard diagnostic tool to check the drive:
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.as...d=1&lang=en

I use Ubuntu Linux. I thought Linux operating systems don't need defragging? They defrag as the computer is in use, don't they?
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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:33 AM

I thought Linux operating systems don't need defragging?


It's up for debate, but most say no
http://www.novell.com/coolsolutions/qna/15032.html
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