Folder not accessible, then disappeared

Microsoft Excel 2003 (full product)
December 30, 2009 at 03:45:26
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB
Folder not accessible, then disappeared [XP Home]

Hi, I’ve had this folder disappear completely from my disk and I wonder what could have caused such event. I’ve put back a back up already, so I’m not looking for advanced data recovery or something. But I’m curious of what could have been the cause of this.

I've two HDDs in my computer. One has XP on it (C) and the other one (F) is used for data only (docs etc). I decided to reinstall the system in order to clean it up as it has been running for several years now.

. I turned off my computer and unplugged F (both the data cable and the power cable).
. Then I did a format of C and a reinstall of XP Home.
. When it was done I connected F again.

After a few days I noticed that explorer acting on F became extemely show (sometimes taking minutes to select a folder e.g.), but I didn't put to much thought in it. Although I thought it was weird.

Then FFW several days and one of the folders on F became completely inaccessible. Everytime asking me if I wanted to do a format on the disk. So, I did some googling and fount this disk checking procedure

So, while running this disk check I could see a lot of sectors being not accessible. Not only the secors in the folder that gave the problem in the first place. The procedure did a restore of the faulty files and folders as far as I understand, but when the reboot was complete, the whole folder was gone. It was a big folder and I noticed that despite it being gone, no extra space was added to the disk.

After that I did a format and put back a back up. I didn’t know what to do else. The disk is as fast again as it ever was now. I did not have had problems with this disk before. I’ve never had any problems with HDDs before, really.

What could have caused a thing like this?

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December 30, 2009 at 04:19:54
Caused by cross linked files, or very bad fragmentation on the drive
CheckDisk has then fixed the issue, but in the process it may hast lost some bad corrupted files
By the way, to run CheckDisk just do the following:
Start > Run > chkdsk /r > ok > Y > Restart
(More on CheckDisk and switches here: )

There is also the possibility that your hard drive has a bad spot on it (an area on the physical drive that is faulty)
You may want to download you manufacturer drive diagnostic tool, and run a thorough scan on it.

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December 30, 2009 at 04:22:49
It sure sounds like the drive is failing. Bad sectors ( after the checkdisk & format) have been isolated and replaced from the "reserved" space that exists on all drives from the factory.
If the bad sectors continue to develop, eventually you run out of available replacement sectors and the drive becomes progressively worse.
I suggest you download a drive diagnostic tool and check the drive fitness.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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December 30, 2009 at 05:24:27
Thanks. I've downloaded seagate seatools and I had the following tests all fail in a few seconds.
. smart check
. short drive shelf test
. long drive shelf test
. short generic

I better not use this disk anymore. Still confused as of why the disk seems to work ok now.

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December 30, 2009 at 05:38:58
It may "seem" to work, but it is faulty
Yes backup and replace, before any data writes to the bad spots on the drive

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