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How to test if a hard drive is knackered?

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  1. MikeTyson New Member

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    My boot times are insanely long and the hard drive activity is crazy

    Think my Western Digital has given up the ghost..

    Is there a way to test this?

    Thanks :)
     
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    I think western digital provides diagnostic software at their site.

    Something along the lines of HDtune or HDtack may show or lead you to whats wrong.
     
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    You could scan the drive and see if a sector went bad. HDtune is what I use.

    Damn it Sneeky!

    link for HDTune:
    http://www.hdtune.com/
     
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    Beat me to it.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Right so what am I doing here then? :)
     
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    Well the tests say it's Okay but I don't believe that at all

    This hard drive takes an extremely long time to do anything... a lot more than it used to
     
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    has it been defragged lately?
     
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    Defragg?

    ......Sneeky
     
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    It's been formatted cleanly several times and just keeps degrading
     
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    Twice in one thread:D
     
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    what leads you to believe its the hdd? are your access times really high? sure its not something else?
     
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    It's the same in my other system too..

    It just has so much activity and it's so loud, especially when you boot up

    It takes like twice as long now just to get to XP Desktop as it used to when it wasn't as old

    And i used to be able to interact with the computer straight away

    Now I have to wait ages..

    And I don't have anything hogging my startup or extra programmes I never had before

    It's just sucky

    I hav a really cheap ExcelStor Jupiter 160GB SATA-II, but cos it's cheap I dunno if it'll be any better

    Whats the best way to compare?

    I'll finish this thread later, it's 5:40am :(
     
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    [​IMG]

    This doesn't look too great
     
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    Hopefully this is obvious and redundant, but you have scanned for spyware and the like right? Also, have you recently installed an antivirus program or changed your antivirus to a different and more invasive program? I use CA antivirus since it's free with our ISP and I have not had any virus issues since using it (not that I had them before either). However, that program on a single core processor will being the system to its knees. Disable it though, and the PC instantly springs back to life speed wise.
     
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    Yea, but even after a fresh clean install of XP with nothing installed it's still reallyyyyyyyyy slow :(
     
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    really long load times, random clicking, and crazy activity all point to a knackered drive. save your stuff NOW before it's too late.
     
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    Is it making any kind of noises? If it's spinning loudly, that's not really a sign of immanent failure, it's fairly normal for hard drives to grow louder as they get older, as the bearings get older and the lubricant in them begins to break down. What you should be on the alert for is mechanical scratching or crunching, or clangy squeeky noises. If this is the case, and there is a tangible difference in preformance, I suggest you back up your instilation on a spare hard drive, and begin to look for a replacement. Also as stated before, if you don't defrag on a regular basis you could just have a problem of the data being fragmented all over the hard drive, and thus increasing access times, and slowing down your computer.
     
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    i dont know if you can test but i get a feeling when mine are going to die, the noise is one major way of telling

    clicks and not loading is another one

    corrupt data is another one

    apart from general stuff there is only like disk checking for corrupt data
     
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    Tried chkdsk yet ?
     
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    Hmm nah, I really can't afford another one

    But yea, it does make some horrid noises when it spins up and winds down when you shut down, and a lot of crunching when it searches

    When you hav no money, what can ya do...
     
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    Grab your "ExcelStor Jupiter 160GB SATA-II" drive and get it ready, if the drive is under 3 years old WD should still honor the warranty, and use the cheap one while you wait for the drive to come back from RMA, sadly if you can't buy a new one, that is pretty much your only option.
     
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    It was from an OEM PC ^_^
     

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