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PC has two HDD, one failed SMART, can it affect the other one?


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#1 Spraragen88

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:11 PM

Win7 (64bit)
8GB Ram (2 x 4GB sticks)
Gigabyte Mobo
Phenom II x4 555 Black
2 HDDs both Seagate ST3160211AS Barracuda's (120GB each)


My PC has two internal hard drives. One (C:) is where Windows and every other program is installed. The other (D:) is where I keep photos, music and office files.

My computer started freezing a lot and so I ran some tests and the only thing that failed was SMART on the D: drive with close to 1,500 errors. It is screwed I know. I have not removed it yet because something fishy is happening with Windows. It successfully boots up every 1/8 times (more than likely because the D drive is bad, I know) and when it boots it runs fine until I run Firefox. Firefox runs well for 5 minutes max then the system locks up and I have to power it down.

Would the bad D drive cause this issue with Firefox on the C drive?? These have to be related somehow. I ran two system diags (PC Doctor and the Geek Squad MRI) and they came back fine on everything except D.


I have uninstalled firefox and even tried older versions and still it causes issues.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:13 PM

yes it would degrade the performance of the entire computer. I would highly recommend that you disconnect the failing drive at once.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:37 PM

So how would it degrade the performance of everything else though? I get it causes the long and unpredictable boot times but after that if I never use it it should stay still right? Or is the disk always spinning even when not being read?

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 02:44 PM

There could be drive diagnostics being ran on it, virus scans, and other activity that causes windows to become unstable.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:48 AM

If by chance the pagefile (or some of it) is on the failing drive, that could cause a lot of problems.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:32 PM

The failing drive could also be causing problem for the hard drive controller.

I recently started having problems with windows freezing. ON a restart sometimes the E: drive would be MIA.

I pulled the data and power cable off of it. No more problems. Fortunately that was a scratch use drive. It did have some ISO files on it and I may attempt to retrieve them one day, Or I may just chuck it. Either way I won't keep using it since it is failing.

You have a very simple Diagnostic test available to you. Unplug the Power and data cable from Drive D: and run the computer for a few days and see if the problems persist or go away with the failing drive.
Note that if you only pull that data cable the drive can continue to get worse due to being powered on and you may lose the ability to backup whatever is on it.

Cheers
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Edited by rotor123, 11 January 2012 - 01:35 PM.

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