|Extremely sweet remark Johnw.|
Nonetheless, whilst I'm truly too poor to buy a new drive I reckon there are lots of people in the real world who are in a more hopeless situation than myself so I'd be too embarrassed to actually receive a donation ahead of them!
My comment was inspired by reading countless posts (on a variety of sites) where the immediate advice - flippant? - was to buy a new drive.
I suppose a new drive on (eg) a dodgy port would sooner or later be a 'dodgy' disk with bad sectors and sages will point to the 'failure' rates of HDDs.
Further research last night suggested yet another possibility which may in fact be ludicrous. Several ppl have pointed at multiple duplicates (ie lots of the same file) as cause of 'bad sectors' - insinuating? filesystem hiccups as cause.
I'm too ignorant to know yet I certainly have duplicates in droves, incl unzipped system files going back to win98. Yes I know that's crazy! - a mix of anal retentiveness and poor backup procedures leading to hasty dumps (no pun intended). There are demons lurking ten layers deep.
Will do a proper cleanup of files, wipe disks to zero, lay down a new filesystem and see if that helps revive the HDDs. Will certainly help me to get better organised anyway! It'll take an age to complete yet I'll try to come back here and let you know how it goes.
Stay sweet Johnw
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