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I've got a new Raptor drive coming, but I'm hoping to avoid a full reinstall of Windows and my programs. I have Acronis True Image and have been planning to clone the old drive onto the new one.
But if I do that, is there any danger that I'll simply be cloning the disk errors over to the brand-new drive? I'd hate to replicate the problems onto my shiny new 10K RPM drive! ;)
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice,
I can still work, but I keep getting I/O messages and things that used to take a few seconds are taking a lot longer
What sort of I/O messages? If software utilities are not detecting errors, it sounds like the disk hardware is fine and simply replacing the hard disk would have no useful effect.
Error checking utilities typically work at a lowish-level, whereas applications access files at a highish-level i.e. using caches and buffers, etc. to speed things up. These errors might result from faulty software (caching and buffering) faulty memory or even a faulty motherboard.
Some of the HD companies will recover data for you. Unfortunately the cost starts at a grand. They will look at the drive and then let you know what they can recover. You usually only pay if you choose to recover the files.
I would back stuff up ASAP.
Also, I went to one of those Network addressable storage units. Set the 1tb model up for mirroring to give me 1/2tb. That way (1) a single drive failure won't kill me and (2) if my machine fails, the data should still be there. You still have to back up the NAS devices.
So I've bought a hard drive that I don't need and that won't fix the problem.
Considering the Event Viewer isn't showing any problems, what else can I check to troubleshoot this stuff?
If the system is slow, start with Real-time antivirus scanning - that is often a performance killer. Also, if you are using whole-disk encryption or NTFS compression, these might cause problems.
If you are running Windows, go to the Control Panel, admin Programs, Event viewer, System. Then page through looking for disk errors. if you see a lot of Disk errors marked with a red icon, then your drive is probably failing rapidly.
I've got an old box with a variety of problems and have been working at fixing it up bit-by-bit here-and-there.
I tried the instructions above. There are a lot, but nothing jumps out as OMG. The biggest problem that this box has is the the System 32 directory opens on startup every time. I have been told that this indicates a corrupt file and acts as a warning, but haven't been able to find a way to identify why and am gun-shy about screwing around with anything in that folder. Have found no source that has been helpful in making progress.
The majority of red errors are labeled 'Source: DCOM', 'Category: None', 'Event: 10010', 'User: My name'. Properties: All seem to indicate The server (long string) did not register with DCOM within the required timeout. That is all of the red errors.
The yellow areas that have occurred in February thus far. Numerous instances of each; Different days.
'Source: ftdisk', 'Category: Disk', 'Event: 57', 'User: N/A Properties: The system failed to flush data to the transaction log. Corruption may occur.
'Source: W32Time', 'Event: 36', 'User: N/A' Properties: The time service has not been able to synchronize the system time for 49152 seconds because none of the time providers has been able to provide a usable time stamp. The system clock is unsynchronized.
'Source: Tcip', 'Event: 4226'. 'User: N/A Properties: TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts.
On a 10K RPM drive, no less, which does indeed make a difference in one's performance. :)