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    My hard drive is dying?

    someone said that this is a sure sign my hard drive is dying. I don't know - i've been hearing a lot of problems with the latest acronis true image. What do you guys think and how can I test my HD?

    What's hard disk 3? I only have 2 HD's and the other is a Ram Disk - could that be it? It's reading ram disk as a HD?

    Last edited by lynchknot; August 25th, 2004 at 01:13 AM.

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    run hdd regenarator 1.41 i repaired many drives with it, most had crc errors in moving files, after useing hd regen everythign ran fast,


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    First of all, before running anything I want to know what hard disk 3 is. If it is ram disk then there is no need to run anything.

    JUst in case are there any HD scanners to test reliability that is easy to install and run?
    Last edited by lynchknot; August 25th, 2004 at 02:04 AM.

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    Look in the admin tools under disk management. The drives are labeled by number I believe. It should tell you which one is number 3.

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    Thanks i'll check BB but seems like Disk 3 IS the ram disk that True Image had a problem with.
    Does anyone know how to read this? Is everything A-OK?




    Last edited by lynchknot; August 25th, 2004 at 06:16 AM.

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    Are either of the drives partitioned? Now I know that True Image can make it's own partition if you choose to let it. Maybe that is what it was trying to write too?

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    They are both partitioned as well as slave drive having secure zone partition.

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    So drive 1 has 2 partitions and drive 2 has 2 OS partitions and the Acronis Secure partition.

    All the OS partitions have their own drive letter, so I would assume that drive 3 is the 2nd parttion on the 1st drive. Ya might want to run CHKDSK on that one and see if it finds bad sectors.

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    How CHKDSK?

    drive 2 has 2 OS partitions
    Huh? OS is only on first drive, first partition.

    running chkdsk - says warning F parameter not specified

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\ken>chkdsk
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is MainDrive.

    WARNING! F parameter not specified.
    Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    Security descriptor verification completed.

    40957684 KB total disk space.
    13354244 KB in 66324 files.
    22232 KB in 5750 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    148968 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    27432240 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    10239421 total allocation units on disk.
    6858060 allocation units available on disk.

    C:\Documents and Settings\ken>
    Last edited by lynchknot; August 25th, 2004 at 19:37 PM.

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    Ok think i've got it

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\ken>chkdsk d: /f
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is Media.

    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    Security descriptor verification completed.

    36820948 KB total disk space.
    34674864 KB in 3278 files.
    1548 KB in 400 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    71156 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    2073380 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    9205237 total allocation units on disk.
    518345 allocation units available on disk.

    C:\Documents and Settings\ken>chkdsk h: /f
    The type of the file system is NTFS.

    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.
    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y
    Volume dismounted. All opened handles to this volume are now invalid.
    Volume label is MainDrive2.

    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    Security descriptor verification completed.

    76260523 KB total disk space.
    71257220 KB in 1141 files.
    604 KB in 153 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    70967 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    4931732 KB available on disk.

    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    19065130 total allocation units on disk.
    1232933 allocation units available on disk.

    C:\Documents and Settings\ken>chkdsk c: /f
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Cannot lock current drive.

    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
    checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) y

    This volume will be checked the next time the system restarts.

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    Can you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window?

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    I still should check Drive E which is the second part. of drive 2 (brb)



    Damn, I scheduled chkdsk for E (contains page file) on reboot but walked away from desk - by the time I returned it was finished. Do I need to run again or would it have let me know it there was a problem?
    Last edited by lynchknot; August 25th, 2004 at 20:33 PM.

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    You can always boot to the recovery console and run chkdsk with any number of switches you want. At a C prompt type CHKDSK /? and it will give a list of the different switches to use. Typically I use chkdsk /r to repair disk boo boos.

    It never hurts to run it. Feel free to run it on the other drives to find and repair problems.

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    from what I've read chkdsk h: /f - will fix as well? I ran all disk and seems like they are all good.

    **edit - yup.
    Last edited by lynchknot; August 26th, 2004 at 02:45 AM.

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    Cool. Then maybe it was a fluke.

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