Are these signs of a bad hard drive?

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  1. Blindsight

    Blindsight Guest

    I'm trying to install an OS on an old machine. When I try to install XP, the installer says "XXX file cannot be copied, try again, skip, or cancel?" to about 20-30 files. So the installation is bad when it finishes. For Win2k it's not quite as many failed copies, but the install is still bad. The same files refuse to copy every time I try to install each OS. If I change from NTFS to FAT, different files won't copy, but still the same ones each time for each file system. Strangely, win98 installs with no problems, but I despise win98 and don't want to mess with drivers for this machine.

    I'm thinking the HD is toast. Does that sound about right? :dunno:
     
  2. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Hmmmm. I've seen bad RAM and bad CD-ROM drvives produce that message.
     
  3. thinkhard

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    if you really want to check your HD look for a program called Spin Rite 5
     
  4. Divine Vengeance

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    The actual CDs you're installing from could be scratched or worn out, sometimes a scratch will cause a file to be read incorrectly. Happened to me a few times heh.
     
  5. Gaylord Focker

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    a bad motherboard gave me those kind of errors when installing xp
     
  6. Blindsight

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    I've tried two different XP CDs and they both produced the same error messages (As far as I can remember anyway)
     
  7. Blindsight

    Blindsight Guest

    Hmm :hs:
     
  8. Blindsight

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    Interesting... I know RAM can do that, but the machine never had trouble with the RAM before, and I've never heard of RAM failing or dying after a few years...
     

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