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HDD dying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stryder1587, Sep 22, 2008.

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  1. stryder1587

    stryder1587 Thread Starter

    Sep 22, 2008
    My laptop started freezing after 2-3 minutes after startup regardless of what I do. I couldn't restore to a previous state because the computer would freeze up before I get a chance to. I tried booting up in safe mode but it gets stopped at crcdisk.sys

    I went into diagnostics and ran the smart scan.
    The following errors were documented:

    Smart Long Self Test Failed
    MSG: IDE device failed
    the self test failed the read portion of the test

    Read Test Failed
    MSG: Block 157355265
    Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

    Verify Test Failed
    MSG: Block 157355266
    Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

    Before I completely scrap my HD, can anybody diagnose what is specifically wrong with my laptop? Is there any way to recover what I have on the HD and back it up first? Are there any more tests I should do to further confirm the results?

  2. jamesh2923


    Aug 22, 2004
    If you have a rescue floppy or cd it maybe possible to boot up and then copy important files to an external HD cd or usb drive. But at least you will be replacing the defective HD.
  3. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Your drive is failing. I do not think you need any more info; replace the drive. If you want to attempt to get info from the drive, connect it to another system and attempt a recovery. You will most likely need a 2.5-3.5 adapter to connect the laptop drive.

    FWIW you see why we stress backups SO much. With an image backup of your drive, it is a very simple matter to install a new drive and restore the image. Takes all of about 10-15min with a laptop. Remember data you do not backup is data you do not care about.
  4. LordKaT


    Sep 23, 2008
    Yeah, it sounds like the hard drive is basically dead. If you have a recovery kit you may be able to do a raw bit by bit read on the drive and get a full dump, otherwise you can try hooking the hard drive up to another system to verify that it's the drive that is failing and not the IDE controller on the motherboard.
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