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  1. Cold

    Cold OT Supporter

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    My computer gave me this error today, while I was starting up:
    Disk read error.
    press ctrl-alt-del to restart machine.

    Is my HD gone ballistic?
    I can access everything but the windows drive when i plug it to another pc.
    The windows hd just shows up as being blank, but with 7gb of space used.
    What can i do? :(
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    stick in the freezer for about 10 minutes and try it again
     
  3. Cold

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    Ok, I'm not that smart and all.
    But that sounds kind of weird?
    Is it something that actually works, or are you just pulling my leg?
    Because I might do it. :hs:
     
  4. Cold

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    Also now during start up, when the disk is plugged in.
    It says pri slave S.M.A.R.T. error, please replace..
    Or something close to that, its something with S.M.A.R.T and replacing.
     
  5. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Your drive is toast. I'd suggest copying everything off that you can and buying a new one.
     
  6. Cold

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    Crap...
    Thanks for the advice, will do :) :wavey:
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I'm not kidding - the heat can sometimes cause problems, cooling it drastically sometimes help, you just cant leave it in too long or else condensation will form and that's not good either
     
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    Yep, I found a link to a .pdf file a while back that had 200 ways to revive a dead/bad hard drive. Putting in the freezer for a few minutes was definitely on the list.

    I'll have to see if I can dig up the file...

    Definitely get a new drive or at least back up what you can off it maybe as a slave in another PC.
     
  9. Cold

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    Only seems to be the windows partition that is shot.
    The rest of it works fine. :dunno:
    Will try the freezer thing.
    Will give updates later. :)
     
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    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Oh so just the parition is shot then?.. doesn't explain the SMART errors unless they're intermittent enough that you can copy the data off but not boot Windows properly..
     
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    You are kidding right? People don't use freezers in their computers because of condensation. I might be wrong about hard drives, but it doesn't sound safe at all.

    Just get a new HD. 160 gig for $50 after rebates sounds good.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1477502&CatId=0
     
  12. Cold

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    I can use the other two partitions on the HD, but I can't use the windows one it seems.
    All that's on the windows partiton, is one 0 byte autoexec file.
    Already have an extra HD, just trying to see if it's fixable after I backup the files.
     
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    yeah, id say back up all your files, and the reformat the entire hd, and then repartion it. Id say if the windows partition is the only one acting up that would work. also what kind of hard drive do you have?
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    S.M.A.R.T. errors are usually indicative of hardware failure. One of the hardware failures that S.M.A.R.T. can detect is the inability to reliably and consistently read the same data from the same spot on the hard disk; such as, if it reads 10010100 the first time, 10100100 the second time, and 01101011 the third time, S.M.A.R.T. is going to get concerned.

    Unfortunately, this kind of data loss error can be caused by two things. The more common cause is that the data has been sitting in the same spot for so long that it's starting to lose its magnetism. The less common cause is that the magnetic material itself is wearing out and can't hold its magnetism no matter how often it gets fixed.

    So my spiel leaves you at square one: save your crap, wipe the disk, and start over. Only using the thing for a few months will tell you whether it just needed to have the data rewritten or whether the disk itself has gone to hell.

    HOWEVER: one thing that can help a lot is defragmenting your disk. Reorganizing your files involves reading the data from one spot on the disk and applying it freshly to another spot. This will keep data from getting so old that it starts to fall apart.
     

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