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  1. #1
    Bodger
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    Default Hard Drive Failure?

    I am running a HP8513 with Windows 98SE. For some weeks I have been getting message on intitial start up that warns of imminent hard disk failure - something to do with SMART. I hit F1 and then it wants to do a disk scan. I have done this several times - once using Nortons scan and once using the standard Windows one. Both took nearly 7 hours on a 10Gb hardisk and both did not fix the problem apart from finding bad clusters and moving them somewhere else. Now I cannot even run Virus Scan as it jags in after about 18 seconds. Not sure if I should bite the bullet and buy a new hard drive or is there another option?
    Any advice appreciated

  2. #2
    Steve Askew
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Try running scandisk from a win98 boot disk, Bad clusters are marked by the letter B. It won't fix your hard drive if it is on its last legs But it will give you a visual idea of how many clusters are dead.
    My mates looked like it had been shot with a shotgun full of B's
    or if you know the maker of harddrive you can download a utility from their website that will diagnose your HDD.

    cheers Steve

  3. #3
    tweak\'e
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    make sure you have got good backups then start looking for new harddrive.

  4. #4
    boom23
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Sounds like it's going to die. After you've done all the things that are mentioned above. You could try to low-format the disk, see if it helps with the bad sectors.

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    Graham L
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    That's what the SMART system does. It is warning you that the disk is likely to crash :-( . "Immanent" means "Soon". :-( I would believe it. Make your backups anyway. Immediately, if not sooner. And do your comparison shopping for a new drive.

  6. #6
    kiwibeat
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    Default Re: Hard Drive Failure?

    Back up all essential data and get a new HDD they are cheap as these days and reinstall Windows 98 sec edition or 2000 95 if you have an older machine , a 40 gig is about $250

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