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#1 Activa

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:59 AM

Hi All

Can bad/outdated/faulty drivers cause the following error logs?

51: An error was detected on device \device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation ( I have loads of these messages)
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50: Delayed Write fail. (only a few of these)

I have had to reset the pc back to factory settings, have got the windows updates inc Service pack 3, but have not updated any other drivers eg Nvidia, Yukon yet. Despite having 2gig ram and was previously very fast it has slowed to a snails pace.

Should I bother to update the drivers or is the HD on it's way out? the pc is a 2 year old Acer Aspire amd dual core Athlon with a Hitachi HDS721616PLA380 160 gig hard drive.

I have backed everything up onto an external USB drive.

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 12:18 PM

Now that you have everything backed up (first priority), you can check the hard drive.

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT

Download either floppy or CD version (.iso file for CD), put it on proper media, floppy...reboot, change boot order so that floppy is first.

You have to use an iso-burning program if you download the .iso file...to create a bootable CD.

Active@ ISO Burner. Data CD DVD burning software. Write ISO image to CD,DVD,CD-RW,CDR,DVD-RW. - http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm

If the diagnostic (long test if there is a short and a long available) gives it a clean bill of health, all is well.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:52 AM

Thank you Hamluis

I had a copy of the Hitachi Drive fitness test on disc and it reported the HDD as bad, so did smart monitoring. Since then it has failed completely so I'm off to buy a new HDD. I'm looking at a 500gig Seagate.

I can fit the drive but am unsure about formatting/partitioning and installing the OS on the new drive.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:35 PM

Well...first thing I'll say is...get a SATA drive, if you can (if you have SATA connections). Let us know if you do.

Formatting, etc. is pretty easy if you have a Microsoft XP CD:

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 05:03 PM

Thanks Halmuis for your help.

Have now fitted a new 250 gig drive and have purchased vista home premium, new drive, new OS... * wanders over to the Vista forum*

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 06:44 PM

Another satisfied customer, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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