All files keep getting corrupted

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
August 7, 2010 at 02:17:42
Specs: Windows XP SP3
I actually have the same problem as this: http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
Except, with me, it tends to be all & any files. It started at the beginning of this year & eventually I sent my harddrive in to be replaced (since it's still under warranty). So now I have a new harddrive & the same issue is still happening. I got my WinXP disc replaced as my old 1 was scratched. Thought maybe that was the culprit but it's still happening. Not as often, though, luckily. My computer was actually fine for a few days there... But it just started happening again. As in, like, 10 minutes ago.

My HDD is partitioned into 3: A 30 gb for WinXP, a 30 gb for when I learn Linux & move onto that OS & the rest of the space as storage space for all my files & such. It's a 320 gb HDD. Don't ask me the model & all because I don't know. I didn't build this thing, a local company did & I don't have the paperwork stored with me. It's stored in a safer place which is actually some hassle to get to so I'm not gonna go looking for it. I wouldn't mind opening my PC, though, just obviously I'm not gonna do it right now while I'm posting this.

Anyways... I'd love to know what this issue is. Someone once suggested to me that it might be a virus in the boot sector or such of the HDD but that was before I got it replaced. Someone else said their buddy had the same issue. Turned out for them, though, that it was cause they'd physically damaged their HDD. Since I haven't done that here... Yeah.

This issue is frustrating. So far the issue seems to not be anywhere near my C: (where WinXP is). It seems to hang around E: (the storage space). D: (the empty 30 gb space) I can't tell if anything's going on there seeing as it's empty. But it used to have WinXP on it from my scratched disc. It's since been reformatted, though. So was E:. C: was reformatted at install. & I mean full reformats on all parts of the HDD... (Save for the 8 mb unpartitioned space that it apparently needs by default.)

I'm a bit paranoid to install Linux on my machine in case the issue persists even there. I'd really like to know what this is & how to resolve it. Because this really is irritating... Constantly have to re-download image files & such cause they keep corrupting.


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#1
August 7, 2010 at 02:56:32
I suspect flakey RAM.

Get hold of Memtest86 and run a full series of tests.

It runs from either bootable floppy or CD.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
August 7, 2010 at 07:25:25
Did you install WinXP or the local company?

If you, then did you use a WinXP original CD (no service packs)?

If that doesn't fit what happened then I would also look at the memory (RAM).

I assume you are shutting the computer down correctly by using the start button.

Lack of free space on a partition can also cause issues like you are having.

Go to Disk Management and analyze the partitions. If they are in need of de-fragmentation then perform that operation.


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#3
August 7, 2010 at 09:42:58
--Did you install WinXP or the local company?
I did.

--If you, then did you use a WinXP original CD (no service packs)?
My first, scratched disc starts at SP2. The new one they gave me is SP3.

--If that doesn't fit what happened then I would also look at the memory (RAM).
The person above you suggested that & I was thinking of getting something done with that anyways. =) I just never thought of it till AFTER I posted this. xD Besides it's not something I can afford right now & I'd like to get more possibilities in case the issue persists even after whatever else I might do.

--I assume you are shutting the computer down correctly by using the start button.
Always unless it crashes or freezes. Then I kind of have no choice.

--Lack of free space on a partition can also cause issues like you are having.
I have a ton of space - especially as I set all partitions to compress. Could that maybe be causing the issue, though?

--Go to Disk Management and analyze the partitions. If they are in need of de-fragmentation then perform that operation.
I intend to now that it's been suggested. ^^

Thank you. =)


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