I don't know if this is related but I just ran the diagnostic tool for my Samsung 120gb internal hard drive (sp1213n) and it reported two ECC Errors during the first 2% of the scan and said "recommend to do Erase HDD".
All the other test were "PASS", the errors at the end were this:
C:1267 H:1 S:715 Error: ECC Error
C:1268 H:1 S:687 Error: ECC Error
Error: This drive has some defects
I think this hard drive is about 5 years old.
Is the only option to erase the hard drive? Will that even help? Is it more likely that the hard drive needs to be replaced?
The important data is already backed up, but erasing the HD or getting a new one and starting over is scary as I am in the middle of various projects (like most people). Obviously I am not a computer whiz and all I can imagine are all of the things that are going to go wrong (not being able to get my modem/router working again, sound card problems, MIDI problems, USB problems etc) if I even can manage to get a new HD installed correctly.
Could anybody please give me any advice?
Forgot to mention, I haven't run chkdsk after finding these errors. Would that make any difference?
Edited by ossilix, 28 July 2010 - 07:24 PM.