Hard Drive On Death Row...

Micro-star international / Ms-6712
May 26, 2009 at 08:52:50
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.6 GHz / 767 MB
Basically, my hard drive is dying. The chances of the PC booting up is once every 10 times I fiddle around with it and it keeps needing disk checks. The disk is ticking and some files are slowly getting corrupted.

In my oppinion the only thing I can do is back up windows onto a CD and backup my files. But I'd really like a way for it to continue working.

I have a small drive that I tried to use but it would not detect it or the drive I'm using now. I feel like the only way to keep the PC alive at all is to leave it switched on. I'm backing up some files on a website I own but I'd really like to still be able to use my PC.

Also, I've noticed my CPU fan seems to have slowed down. One of the times I tried to switch the PC on the CPU fan didn't start at all so I had to restart the computer.

I think I'm getting a new computer anyway. But I want to hold my current one together for now until I can get the new one.

Any ideas of stuff I can do? I've disk checked and defragged (almost every day now) and it helps for a little while but it's not perminant

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May 26, 2009 at 09:44:24
You are kicking a dead horse. At this time defragging daily is probably doing more harm than good. I suggest you backup your personal files as soon as possible. If you have a CD/DVD burner place the files on there.

Hard drives are not that expensive these days. Why not replace the drive?

Do you have any restore disks for the computer? If not, did you buy it new? If so, you may still be able to make the disks, or get a set from the manufacturer.

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May 26, 2009 at 09:52:25
The PC doesn't seem to like my DVD drive and it's a second hand hard drive.

So, yeah. I think all I have left is to try and somehow back the data plus windows up somewhere. I'm really hating it right at the moment.

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May 26, 2009 at 10:01:20
Why do you need/want to backup Windows? Don't you have a Windows CD? If you don't know your Windows product key, make sure to retrieve it from the HDD before it dies...use Magic Jellybean Key Finder. As long as you have a "legal" product key, you can use anybody's XP disc to reinstall Windows.

As OtH said, back up all your important files ASAP. Why not just pick up another HDD to use temporarily? They're certainly cheap enough. And if you plan on getting a new system in the not too distance future anyway, just get a relatively small (40GB?) cheap drive. For example, here's a refurbed 40GB Seagate for just $17 (plus shipping) but it's 5400RPM drive with a 2MB buffer:


How do you have your drives setup...on separate cables/channels or are they both connected to the same one? 80-wire or 40-wire cables? Did you make sure to properly configure the master/slave jumpers?

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May 26, 2009 at 10:36:09
I have two hard drives and only 3 jumpers. I think the setup requires 2 on each. But at the moment the drive I'm using doesn't have them on. I would get a hard drive especially a seagate one but it's not something I can do right now.

I don't have a copy of my windows but I have the key. And my dvd (cd writer) drive isn't working properly on the PC.

I'd back data up on the other drive but it's not detecting that one either. I think the problems might not be just the hard drive or maybe the other drive is broke as well.

My front fan usually helps the drive alot (somehow) but I can't use it as it keeps lightly tapping against something and I can't seem to fix it and I'm scared of it getting stuck and messin the power supply up or something...

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May 26, 2009 at 14:27:22
I don't think you understand what I'm asking. Your drives may not be working properly because you don't have them connected properly. With 2 drives (HDD & DVD), here's how the should be connected:

primary master = HDD w/XP
primary slave = none
2ndary master = DVD drive
2ndary slave = none

If you have 3 drives (2 HDDs & DVD), you can use either of these two configs:

primary master = HDD w/XP
primary slave = none
2ndary master = DVD drive
2ndary slave = 2nd HDD


primary master = HDD w/XP
primary slave = none
2ndary master = 2nd HDD
2ndary slave = DVD drive

The front case fan is unnecessary. All you need is a rear exhaust fan plus the exhaust fan in the PSU. Have a look at this article:


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May 26, 2009 at 14:29:57
Last time it didn't work until I attached the XP drive to the Primary Slave. I'll try it that way again next time.

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