Hard drive broken?

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  1. clover

    clover Lucky in life

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    So last night, I was installing some divx codecs with winamp running in the background when the music stopped and I got a message that "F:\ is not accessable. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable." The F drive is my second hard drive where my mp3's were and I have a bunch of video files on it too that I would like to recover.

    My question is do hard drives "crash" like that? It was working fine one second and then out of no where, while I was installing the codecs, it just breaks. I have ran two Hard drive utilities and the first one found errors but fixed them all. The second scan found no errors in the F drive. If it is broken, is there any program that I can use to recover at least some of the information?

    Here are some other information:

    1. It is a IBM 30.2 gig deskstar HD. (IBM-DTLA-307030) Made in 2001
    2. I have checked all cables and they are secure
    3. My box is running win xp with 512mb ram and has all updates.
    4. The F drive icon is still on "my computer" but when you click on it it gives you the error quoted above. I have checked the properties in the device manager and it says it is "working properly."
     
  2. SFLegend

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    That series of IBM hard drives are also known as "Death Star" so I wouldn't be surprised if it's dying right now. Download IBM's hard drive utilities and use it on your hard drive to see what's going on.
     
  3. clover

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    Yeah, the drive was already kinda broken when my brother gave it to me. I have used IBM's HD utilities and it doesn't seem to find any problems. I also used the Dell HD utilities with the same results.

    Do Hard Drives just crash like that? I expected it to slowly die away. I wasn't even writting anything onto it when it happened. Sigh....my anime!
     
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    Zourn 16-bit Ninja OT Supporter

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    next time, buy Western Digital
     

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