Posted 02 November 2009 - 10:22 AM
I haven't stumbled upon my situation in my searches yet, so I was hoping someone could give me some guidance.
I was trying to unzip a .rar file when I realized I didn't have enough room on my primary hard drive to do it. I canceled the process. After that, I highlighted a bunch of stuff in a folder and CTRL X'ed it. I doubled clicked on my secondary hard drive under My Computer, opened it up and browsed through the folders until I got to my destination folder I wanted to save my files to. Next I hit CTRL V. The computer hung for a while, as I expected it would, but then I got a write error. "G://Could not write to Destination." (Or something like that.) I rebooted the computer and got the S.M.A.R.T message that my Secondary hard disc was failing and I should replace it.
It's a two year old Western Digital 500GB Hard drive (SATA) that a rarely use. I only use it to back up files off my primary hard disk and move stuff off the primary when it gets full. I tried swapping the data and power cables with my primary hard drive and the problem follows the Hard Drive.
I can load windows XP normal after the SMART Failure warning (because its off the Primary), but when I open my computer, it opens super slow, maybe 5 minutes after I click it. Then, I can't open the Hard Drive even though it's listed. It won't run disc check on bootup. I ran Western Digital's utility and it says S.M.A.R.T test failed. I ran their 2 hour test and it came up with a Code8 for a failure, not really any help.
My next step was going to be to get into the bios and try to disable SMART and see if that helps. I don't have high hopes because I think even if SMART fails, you should still be able to access the data on he disk? Right?
I'm open to any suggestions. This is a tough loss with most of our photos, taxes, music and home videos on this disk.
Thanks for any help...