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Dodgy hard drive

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#1 Nicenic61


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:28 PM

My computer quite regularly shuts down and restarts. Running XP with a Maxtor hard drive. Feedback from Microsoft error reporting suggests that it's a driver but they're all up to date.

Checkit Diagnostics tells me it's a hard drive problem and tells me to run Scandisk. When it starts up with Scandisk it gets to stage 5, up to 90% ish and then regularly shuts down and restarts, without fixing the problem. Don't appear to be any other errors with Checkit Diagnostics.

Any ideas on fixing my hard drive. I'm not particularly computer literate, something nice and easy pleeeease....


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#2 fairjoeblue


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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:48 PM

A driver being up to date doesn't mean it isn't corrupt.

"When it starts up with Scandisk it gets to stage 5, up to 90% ish and then regularly shuts down and restarts, without fixing the problem"

If CHKDSK wouldn't finish checking the hard drive I'd replace the HD .
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 06:06 PM

You might check Event Viewer for any errors which specify a hard disk.

How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/

You might also run a manufacturer's diagnostic on the hard drive to get a definitive assessment of its fitness.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/


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