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sgl1

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Thats the message Powermax is giving me. Can this drive be fixed? Can I do it? Any programs available. It's a relatively new hard drive.
 
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If it's a new HD then it should still be under warranty. Can you not exchange it for another one?
 
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With my computer I got a whole hard drive fail and it didnt show me anything. I took the hard drive out and hit it with my hand a couple times and it powered right up. I was able to get into my computer and I didnt a test and it showed no bad sectors. So I dont know what cuased that.

So it was as simple as hitting the hard drive.
 
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G'day, yes you might treat it carefully and consider doing a few tests with scandisk or some program like that. That is a nasty message, especially if your warranty is done. It usually is indicative of clusters dying or damaged.
Any hitting of a drive may cause the heads to damage the platter surface, any vibration generally is ungood.
Some hard drives may not bias the heads away from the platters when the thing is powered down, so it is possible for them to "hammer" the surface area and kill it.
I like to always run drives horizontally to be able to consider vertical vibration transients rather than other cases where the drive was mounted otherwise.
A piece of foam under the case does assist if you wan't to be more attentive.
Any moving of the machine system from one place to another should always be treated as "eggs". My son's and their "Lan Nights" at different locations regularly have drive failures from apparent careless handling.
Also any moving should be done only after a reasonable drive spin-down period.
Some people unplug their machines and walk off carelessly putting the thing in their cars or whatever without any consideration for the poor old drive still doing 8 or 9 thousand RPM and possible preccessive forces that may apply especially with non-biassed head assemblies rattling around.
Drive failing problems are usually terminal and progressive.
Cheers, qldit.
 
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I was confortable with that solution. But recently I bought a bigger hard drive, but that hard drive still works and holds everything.

If all else fails always give it a try.
 

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Well, let us know in a few weeks when the drive fails and you lose all the data on it. :rolleyes:
 

sgl1

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Tjash2010 said:
With my computer I got a whole hard drive fail and it didnt show me anything. I took the hard drive out and hit it with my hand a couple times and it powered right up. I was able to get into my computer and I didnt a test and it showed no bad sectors. So I dont know what cuased that.

So it was as simple as hitting the hard drive.

So you Fonzied it. Mine is about a year old. Maybe a bit older. I think it has bad sectors. It works but not always that well.
 
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JohnWill said:
Well, let us know in a few weeks when the drive fails and you lose all the data on it. :rolleyes:
John, he said he was comfortable...who are we to argue with that. :p
 

sgl1

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I reformatted this harddrive and now the computer won't allow me into it. It recognizes it's there and says working properly, but when I open My Computer it's not visible. What do I need to do?
 

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If you did a low level format, you will need to re-partition and high level format it. Run PowerMax again and see what IT says.
 

sgl1

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Excellent. Powermax wouldn't do it but Disc manager worked fine. Thanks.
 
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