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Time to replace my hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KeyesZX, Nov 1, 2009.

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  1. KeyesZX

    KeyesZX Thread Starter

    Aug 1, 2005

    I'm having what I believe to be an issue with my hard drive. A few days ago, I started playing some games on my computer again. Everything was running smoothly until my computer locked up and I was forced to do a hard restart. As the computer freezes, the sound last played keeps repeating over and over, whether is be music or someone talking over Ventrilo. At one point while restarting, I recieved the message "No Hard Disk detected". After shutting down and coming back a minute later, it was fine.

    The OS that I was using at the time was Windows XP. Updating my sound and video card drivers did not solve my problem. SMART tests show that the drive appears to be fine. I figured it could be that Windows XP was corrupted. I did a repair installation, which again had no effect. I decided to completely format the drive and try Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I performed a clean install, updated my drivers and tried gaming once again. The issue still persists; however, less frequently.

    Note: I disabled Superfetch because it was causing a lot of hard disk activity.

    I am also having trouble running the Vista Experience Index. The initial test when installing worked; however, now it always fails to complete. A section of the log which failed is below.

    I have tried swapping SATA connection sockets, which caused Windows to reinstall the drivers. That had no effect. I have not tried another cable as of yet. It really seems to only happen while gaming. Sorry for being all over the place, hahah.

    System Specs (Custom Build 2 years old?)

    OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit (150GB partition, SP2)
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Q6600 (40C idle) (Core Voltage: 1.275 V)
    Memory: Buffalo Firestix DDR2-800 2x2GB
    Motherboard: P5NE-SLI (44C)
    Video Card: eVGA 8800 GTS 320MB
    Hard Disk: Seagate 7200.11 320GB 7200RPM SATA2 (41C)
    Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silence 610 (610 Watt)
  2. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    Perhaps one of these free hard drive utilities will tell you something. HDTune and HDTach. Can't hurt.

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