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Do I Have A Hard Drive Problem?


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#1 Armadillo

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 04:46 AM

Hello.

I recently got a Seagate 300GB SATA hard drive to replace my 80GB SATA. The 80GB was fine, I just needed more space. The 80GB will be used for photos and the 300GB for the system. The 80GB is still intact and bootable if needed.
I used Seagates DiskWizard to set up the new disk. It quickly formated and cloned my old drive onto the new one. After that the instructions it gave me made no sense. It wanted me to change a jumper on my IDE DVD drive and change a jumper on the new hard drive to master. Problem is, SATA drives dont have jumpers. So I ignored the instructions and got it to boot by myself by just switching the two hard drives data cables.

Now, other than a few missing files the hard drive is working great.

Problem-
I used Seagates Seatools to check out the drive. It said that the drive had this "critical Error"....
"One or more errors were found in metadata file records."
I have no idea what that means. I have run chkdsk, and the Seatools still give the same error.
I Googled that error and many people have problems with it.

But my hard drive seesm to be working fine, except for that error. I have two choices.
(1) Dont fix it if it isnt broke.
(2) Switch back to the old hard drive, reformat and zero-fill the new one, and copy my system onto it again.

I hope you can help me make that decision, or explain what a "metadata file record" is and if it is important.
Thank you.

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:58 AM

I'll take what's behind door #1! :thumbsup:

Seriously, if it ain't broke, there's no need to fix it. But, since the Seagate tools are giving errors - it'd pay to keep a close eye on it.

Point your My Documents folder, your email and web browser bookmarks and profiles to the other drive. This way, should the new drive fail, you'll still have your essential data on the other one.

You could try running a repair install on XP ( http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm ) but there's no assurance that it will do anything (but it won't hose your system). This may fix some problems that were caused by cloning the system to a new hard drive ( see this link for more info: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/moving_xp.html )

Basically, you've put a new piece of hardware into the system without telling Windows about it first. So, Windows has to find it, identify it, then pull out all of the settings for the old hard drive and replace them with those for the new hard drive. This doesn't address the problems with security descriptors, permissions, access that may also arise.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:01 PM

Thank you for the reply.
I guess that's what I'll do, wait and see. Last night I had a previously stable program crash violently, but that may just be a coincidence.
Still, the idea of errors in "metadata file records" bug me, even though I dont know what they are.
Can anyone explain what metadata file records are? Maybe it will set my mind at ease.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 10:29 AM

Since it's Seagates test give them a call and see what their techs have to say. Because of the relation between the NTFS files and metadata files I would think that you would have noticable problems it it was not performing properly. There is a pretty good explanation of how it works here.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 03:43 PM

Great link dc3, thanks!
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Posted 08 November 2006 - 10:21 PM

Thanks for the information.
The hard drive still works, although last night it was making some grinding noises.
I've decided to low-level format it, and reclone my old disk onto it. This time the old hd will have chkdsk and defrag run before the clone. I didnt do that last time.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:51 AM

Grinding isn't good, it says that there's some parts scraping (and drives aren't designed to do this) If it were my disk, I'd expect it to fail completely in the very near future. Don't forget to backup!
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