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Old 06-25-2001, 09:20 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Hardware Tip - How to know that your HD is FUBAR

1. You have a Strong suspition that the HD is Fubar.
2. CheckDisk Tell you that 1.5G is Bad sectors.
3. When opening the Case the HD make a Fast Click Click click Sound.
4. The computer is crashing all the time.
5. The small program you DownLoaded from IBM is Telling you that the Drive is FUBAR and generat RMA Number. (In my case this was Step No. 2).

After a month of working with a Fubar Drive, Today Finaly the computer just went dead.
I had nothing to do but go and replace the bad drive. It took me about 1 hour and i got a ATI Radeon VE Display card as a gift for helping the Computer shop a bit http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Old 06-25-2001, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hi. Probably a stupid question, but where might I find CheckDisk? I searched Download.com but found nothing. Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2001, 06:32 AM   #3
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You are Kidding..........

you right click on a Hard drive in the My Computer, select properties and tools.
It's there. (supposed to be).

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Old 06-27-2001, 07:01 PM   #4
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Hi. Thanks! Sorry about that it was called ScanDisk on my Windows 98 here.
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Old 06-27-2001, 09:04 PM   #5
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If you go into DOS and type in chkdsk you will have it :-)
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Old 06-28-2001, 03:42 AM   #6
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I am curently in a phase in life that i can actualy feel if the drive is bad or going to become one.
Just let me listen to a drive, and i can normaly tell you lot's. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Old 06-28-2001, 03:44 AM   #7
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Any one of the mod's, Plz delet this one.
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Old 06-28-2001, 06:07 PM   #8
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Or you can just wait for a head crash to happen. Everyone should experience that once in a lifetime.

It sounds bad and it smells worse. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif


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Old 06-29-2001, 12:12 AM   #9
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Ewwwwwwwww Rhea, I don't think I would like that to happen :-)
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Old 06-29-2001, 12:32 AM   #10
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Yep.....
Head Crash folowing by HD freezing and data recovery is the way to go !!!!!

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Ummmmmmm....just what IS a head crash? I guess I have been lucky *to date*. One hard drive died in 5 years of 'putering. Not one virus....oh I DID have one motherboard die!
Better 'touch wood' now, I guess http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
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head crash
A serious disk drive malfunction. A head crash usually means that the head has scratched or burned the disk. In a hard disk drive, the head normally hovers a few microinches from the disk. If the head becomes misaligned or if dust particles come between it and the disk, it can touch the disk. When this happens, you usually lose much of the data on the hard disk and will need to replace both the head and the disk. For this reason, it is important to operate disk drives, particularly hard disk drives, in as clean an environment as possible. Even smoke particles can cause a head crash.

This was from Webopedia.
Head Crash mean that the HD head Is banging the HD Platers. this will normaly destroy the head (so it cant read any more data) as well as the Data Plater (so you cant restore the data).
Western Digital hard drives are known to have this thing happen.

The secont known problem is that the drive stop spining (Hey I'm Spining - the frog).
This is normaly a resoulte of a problem with the berrings inside the drive.
Data can some times be restored using a metod known as Freezing.

For more info on how hard drives work : Hard Drives Explained

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Thanks for that Scuba. I hope it doesn't happen to me - ever!! http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif
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I've only ever experienced a head crash once. That was enough, thank you very much. http://geekvillage.com/ubb/smile.gif

The circumstances under which it occurred were rather unusual. We had four Wang minisystems (sturdy little boxes). The power company was messing around with a transformer on our street and the power blinked out. Apparently all the heads retracted nicely...the first time...and the disks spun down and the systems started up again. But before the systems fully restarted there was another brief power outage. Three of the four systems rode through it. The fourth system dropped its heads which skidded across the surface of the hard drive.

Imagine 1,000 fingernails being dragged across a blackboard. Imagine a burning metallic smell as friction from the heads burned the coating of the hard drive off.

It was quite an experience. Truly, I don't wish it on anyone, but it was interesting.

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Old 06-30-2001, 05:19 AM   #15
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I had it hapening more then one time.
The one i remember the most is the time a WD drive Head crashed 2 days after the install of a new acounting system in the office my father was working at. (yep Data lost)

About the power surg...

1. On servers use a UPS.
I have a friend who work for a big company that make UPS's. Not the small things what you normaly see but the big ones that power a hospital for 5min untill the generators kick in. He is prepering me a Article on UPS's Including tips for them to work. Mind you - this guy seen UPS's Expload after not serviced correct.

2. My father also caousd this.
He was "Fixing" the power to the house and Burnd all the electric apliances that uses a Transformator, Including but not limited to a new 2 days old JVC 6Head VCR and my computer.
My brother Think Pad was saved thank to the UPS it was sitting on.

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