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Is my hard drive dying?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Trybry, Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. Trybry

    Trybry Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    Recently my Laptop (toshiba 2545 cds) running 1st Ed Win 98, is booting up slowly. But sometimes it doesn't fully boot at all.

    I noticed it when the screen froze up early in the day.
    Each time it did it I hear a faint pop over the speakers.

    Normally, when I try to boot up the computer. I get a strong flashing HD lights and some dim flickering.

    Lately, when I reboot, I've noticed that the HD light flicker rapidly and dimly.

    It was a fast to boot up the Anti-virus pre-scan and the The toshiba (red) splash screen logo too.

    But then I'd either get a blank black screen and or a blank black screen with a tiny hour glass in the center of it. Sometimes that would be for quite awhile, then if it took too long it would just shut down.

    Then sometimes it would reach the Windows splash screen and boot up.
    Forget about the safe mode restart, it will shutdown, but not complete the start up. It also did that or a regular restart too.

    I did a Scan Disk and a disk De-frag, neither reported any problems. But I do have a few bad bytes or clusters (312k worth approx).

    Is this the beginning of the end for my hard drive?
    Or is this the time to reboot windows 98 again.
    The second option, is such a pain and takes quite some time to re-install all the programs.

    I ran a Hijack and found no problems.
    I ran a spybot and found no bots.
    I ran a spyblaster and had no problems
    I ran a few Antivirus programs (Dos, Memory and drive C) and found no viruses.
    I ran an Adware program and had no reports.

    Does anyone have a diagnosis for me.
    Or a few sites to go to for HD or Boot-up problems.

    I don't have a problem replacing the HD, if needed.
    If I had to do that, could someone send me to a site with step by step removal and installation instructions.

    Thanks

    Sorry for the long post!
     
  2. etaf

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    is there any noise coming from the drive - clicking vibration etc
     
  3. Trybry

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    Etaf,

    Thanks for the reply!

    No, none what so ever.
    Just the normal start up (rurrp) and when it gets scaned by the AV programs.
    Even when the system freezes online, I only hear a faint pop over the speakers.
     
  4. etaf

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    i know you have already done this
    but maybe its worth posting a log here fro review.
    I wonder if thats power - battery - or something else
    maybe just an intitalisation signal and normal

    I would back up all your data just in case the HDD could be failing quitely
     
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    This was a feature of 98 on some machines. I have one here that does it. I, and others have spent a LOT of time looking for the cause, but never found it.
     
  6. Trybry

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    I've backed up all critical data, earlier in the day, also.

    I await your review of my Hijack log, thanks!
     
  7. Trybry

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    Dave,

    Wow, I hope I don't have that one!

    Thanks for your reply!
     
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    Thanks Dave,

    I do my best to treat my old mechanical friend well!
    Hopefully a little care will increase it's longevity!
    I'll check out that link too!

    Thanks Again!
     
  10. Trybry

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    Dave,

    Yes the Kbb patches have been problematic at times.
    I worked around some, uninstalled some and disabled start up on some.

    MS never seems to put their best foot forward.
    I'm lucky to even get update patches from them.

    They just want you to buy the next version of windows.
    I think they are up to version 7 and heading on to version 8 (3-D) next.
    To me the names are meaningless, serving the old products is a sign of a great company. Some small country is running 95 or Dos and getting hammered.

    Thanks again for the link!
     
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