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hdd problem!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tapan83, Sep 16, 2003.

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  1. tapan83

    tapan83 Thread Starter

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    i have a western digital 6,4 gb,5 years old.i believe that it has some bad clusters on its surface.i managed to erase its partition table,so as to format it.i tried to format it,but i couldn't.it makes some horrible sound from time to time!!!i'm looking for a program that can recognize bad clusters,so as to avoid examining them,whenever a format is made!i don't know if i can find such a program!pls help me!!!thanxs!
     
  2. JohnWill

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    If you don't have any data on this drive, do yourself a favor and trash it! You aren't going to save it! :rolleyes:
     
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    Since it's a WD drive, shouldn't he get the WD diagnostic? :D
     
  5. raybro

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    At first blush one would think so, but I've tried both and in my opinion the Maxtor is the better of the two. It's pretty much a generic utility anyway. Like most things of this sort, everyone goes with their own experince.

    I have one Maxtor drive and one WD drive. I've used both diagnostic utilites on both drives and gotten essentially the same result (no problems found). I just find the Maxtor utlity to be easier to use and interpret. :cool:
     
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    Ditto here, you can't beat the Maxtor, I set all my hard drives up with it. I've never tried the diagnostics on a WD drive though, must give that a shot ;)
     
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    I found the Fujistu Diag's to be the worst - it'll pass drives that stop during the test and drives that make sort of noises. I too generally use Maxtor's Diag's to test any make of drive.
     
  8. darkjedi

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    try spinrite 5 http://grc.com/spinrite.htm this program is supposed to fix any hardrive problems .I have read great reviews about .
     
  9. JohnWill

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    For the price of Spinrite, he can have a new hard disk! $90 gets you a 120gig drive easily if you shop for rebates, this is a no-brainer! Also I hasten to add, even if Spinrite is the the greatest disk diagnostic around, it can't fix a truly broken drive. :rolleyes:

    I'm giving away computers with 8gig drives in them, why in the world would you spend money to fix a 6.4gig drive that has no data you need? :confused:
     
  10. Brockman

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    Ill take one!!
     
  11. rmay635703

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    be carefull what you say, I would definately take a free 8giger if I could get one :)

    Cheers
     
  12. JohnWill

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    I just gave two computers to a local church, P233 & AMD-400, both had two small disks. I buy 80gig disks for $40 on rebate deals, the last thing I need to do is try to save a questionable tiny disk! :D The smallest disk in any system here right now is 60gig, this machine has a 200gig and a 160gig.
     
  13. Brockman

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    Its always good to give to the church.
     
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    You never know, I'm getting older, I may need their services one of these days... :) Oh wait, maybe I should be giving to the old folks home! :D
     
  15. Brockman

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    Its definetly a good tax deduction, you can get a 500.00 credit for each one from the church.
     
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