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    Default Is my hard drive OK... ??

    I've got a laptop with a 30gb Htachi Travelstar hard drive. Recently I took the laptop apart in order to look inside and remove dust/dandruff/etc. In the process I took out the hard drive.

    After reassembling I got a lot of errors on boot about missing files/folders and other filesystem errors (was running linux). I reinstalled linux and everything seemed to work OK.

    After this I installed Windows 98, which seemed to work fine as well. I did a thorough scan (checking the disk surface for errors) in scandisk which found no errors.

    Question is, is the hard drive OK? What would have caused the filesystem corruption when I pulled it out? ???

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    Scan with Hitachi's HDD tool from their site

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    First step run chkdsk in safemode with /r /x switches
    Drive wasnt dropped? nothing that would cause static discharge while working on it?

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    Hmm will have a look for the hitachi tool

    It wasn't dropped, but it did say on the cover not to press on it, maybe I pressed to hard on it?

    I was grounding myself every 5min or so by touching another computer chassis. And I was wearing cotton. And it was pretty humid, so I figure static discharge isn't the problem (if it was, wouldn't the drive have stopped working completely?)

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    well I cant say if your HHD is dying or not. BUT if you are having doubts than backup all your files regularly just in case.
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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    Did a scan with the hitachi Drive Fitness Test tool - no errors

    So I guess it's OK

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    Maybe, I'd still do a backup/image if it was me.

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    Yea, HDD Diag tests are right most of the time, but not always..



    Quote Originally Posted by 12steps View Post
    First step run chkdsk in safemode with /r /x switches
    AFAIK Win98 doesn't support /x ?


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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    I assume the HDD was reconnected properly?

    Did you take the RAM out? Did you put it back in properly? Have you tried running Memtest?
    Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and strike any key when ready.

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    Default Re: Is my hard drive OK... ??

    HDD connection was OK, I even pulled it out and replugged it in but still the errors remained. I tried with RAM and without RAM (sodimm sockets). No difference.

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