What's wrong with my computer. (corrupt files all the time)

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  1. HipHopHead

    HipHopHead Well-Known Member

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    Whenever I download large files (say 50 or 100 meg rars) there are always like 5%-10% of them corrupt. I know the source is good but somewhere between the server and my HDD they become corrupt. Like the filesize is right on but they are 1 block short all the time. Thought it may be bad sectors in my HDD but I have 3 of them in my PC and no matter what one I use it's the same thing which leads me to think it may be my modem. I use quickpar and usually the repair fails until like the 3rd or 4th time I redo it which leads me to think it's something internal. WTF?! No router, just a direct modem connection. It's fuckin annoying. :mad: Also files can become corrupt when I transfer them from one HDD to another. IDE drives. Is something fucked with my mobo or something? It's like my cables are leaking 0's and 1's somewhere. :o
     
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    have you checked the ram and hard drives for errors? Memtest 86 will do the ram and the IBM drive fitness test will test all brands of hard drives, or get your manufacturers hard drive checking utility to test that. If all comes back fine, swap out the ide cables with new ones.
     
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    How is your hard drive formatted? NTFS, or FAT32?
     
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    seagate seatools, memtest86, prime95

    in that order.
     
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    NTFS
     
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    ill check that out. RAM will do that, huh?
     
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    it stores to memory then writes to disk...
     
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    ah, i know i got cheap ass ram in here. :o

    Could be the culprit.
     
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    k. ill do some of this shit tomorrow and report back.
     
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    It wouldn't hurt to run a simple chkdsk /f (not ScanDisk) and defrag
     
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    Actually, as per another thread we had here a couple of days ago, by the time you actually notice problems with your filesystem, CHKDSK will make it much worse. Best to stay away from that until you figure out what's causing the problem.
     
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    Spinrite - Gibson research I believe. I've heard him on his podcast saying that he's heard of people pirating it and paying for it after it has worked. He didn't seem to broken up about it. I think this dude is a genius, he codes everything in assembly. If u run the maintenance function and you have a big drive, be prepared to leave the machine running it all night. It will scan and fix the drive sector by sector regardless of OS.

    MAy also want to have a fan pointed at the machine too, especially if it's a laptop.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I've got a drive running it right now that I know about 2 gigs are just completly fucked. It's been running 184 hours now.
     
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    Holy ouch.
     
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    you guys realize that a drive can only repair so much. If you have 2GB bad, then throw it in the trash and buy a new one.
     
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    Recovering the data - the new one is already to go.
     
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    1. Has it actually recovered anything yet?

    2. Is the drive bad enough that it's unlikely to survive the recovery operation?
     
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    For hard disk recovery, I've use True Image a couple of times to grab and image off a failing disk. It seems pretty tolerant of bad sectors and manages to image everything it can instead of just stopping at the first bad one.
     
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    Aiight, I don't think this is good. :o I let the test run for like 45 mins then quit. Seemed to just be looping the same tests over and over, maybe 3-4 cycles before i rebooted. I got 4 sticks of 256. 2 Came with my Dell a few years ago and the other 2 are some sheap sticks I bought off newegg a while back. 700 errors? :eek3: Safe to say my ram could be the culprit? I'll run the HDD tests later when I get time.

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    Yeah bad RAM. Now run the test again with just one pair to see which pair has a bad piece. Replace the pair. Don't try to replace just one because they won't match exactly and will cause problems. Once you think you know which set is good, put them in the other slots and retest to make sure its not a bad socket.
     
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    Yeah, because only Windows computers can have a hardware failure. :rolleyes:
     
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    A little bit. The drive wasn't even visible within windows so I'm hoping it at least lets me access the parts that aren't damaged so I can pull files off of it.

    2 gigs of data or 2.5% of the drive is toast - do you really think I would ever trust this drive again?
     
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    aiight, I'll run more tests later.
     

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