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Is my hard disk dying or a controller problem?

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July 14, 2009 5:38:28 PM

I have a P4 2.2Ghz system as P2P seedbox. Lately its IDE disk where Windows XP is installed is acting up badly. I am seeing the below two log reports a few times a day under Windows Event Viewer. It seems whenever Windows hangs identical logs are created. The problematic IDE disk has been running 24x7 for the past 3-4 years or so. It's a Western Digital 200GB disk. The disk has two partitions - partition 0 (C: ) for Windows XP and parition 1 (D: ) for storage.

Is my hard drive dying or a controller problem? Please enlighten me! Thanks!!!

Quote:
Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Disk
Event Category: System
Event ID: 51
Date: 6/30/2009
Time: 12:16:22 PM
User: N/A
Computer: XYZ
Description:
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation.


Quote:
Event Type: Error
Event Source: IdeChnDr
Event Category: System
Event ID: 5
Date: 6/30/2009
Time: 12:16:22 PM
User: N/A
Computer: XYZ
Description:
A parity error was detected on \Device\Ide\IdeChnDr0.
a b G Storage
July 15, 2009 6:39:47 AM

It seems your hard drive is dying, especially since the last error in particular indicates an error in data integrity. That implies your hard disk is having a harder time reading from its own platters.
a c 87 G Storage
July 15, 2009 7:48:45 AM

I agree. Considering how much better hard drives are now I'd definitely upgrade.

Without knowing your needs I'd recommend the Western Digital 1TB Black. Shop around but you should pay no more than $100. I bought mine at NCIX on sale.

This is what I'd do:
1) Make a folder on your D partition and start adding all important backup files (e-mail, whatever)
2) Remove that 200GB hard drive
3) Install the new 1TB Black WD
4) Install Windows XP (FULL NTFS Install). Again, create two partitions. Limit the C-Drive to a reasonable size based on perceived need (there are programs to resize later if needed)
5) Add your old drive back so you can copy the files

I'd still keep the old drive for emergencies. I'd probably use a "Drive Eraser" program to overwrite the entire drive, then do a full (destructive?) test of the drive using WD Diagnostics software, then reformat as a single NTFS partition. I'd either put it aside now or CLONE my Windows drive for emergencies/troubleshooting. You can use WD software to CLONE (I don't think you need to format first).


5)
July 15, 2009 4:36:02 PM

1. go download a seatools iso
2. burn iso to disc
3. boot disc
4. run HDD and controller tests.
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