Another hard drive question...

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Dave Hardenbrook, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. I am testing an old 1999 HP Pavilion system with a 20 GB Maxtor hard
    drive. The hard rive is *extremely* sluggish, making lots of
    "clattering train tracks" (for lack of a better analogy) sounds during
    disk seeks, and takes about 10 minutes just to boot up Windows 98.

    I thought the drive might be on the verge of failing, so I ran a full
    S.M.A.R.T. test on it, which revealed no problems. Then I ran the real
    mode version of DiskScan, which discovered a bunch of bad clusters close
    together about halfway through the disk. What I thought was interesting
    is that before it came to those bad clusters, it was making its
    "clattering" sounds and scanning sluggishly, as when Windows is running,
    but on the other side of the group of bad clusters the drive became very
    quiet and scanned the remainder of the disk at a more normal rate.

    What does this mean? Does it point to some physical damage to the
    drive? Is the drive still usable or should it be discarded?

    Dave
    Dave Hardenbrook, Oct 31, 2007
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  2. Dave Hardenbrook

    gman Guest

    When you factor in the money per wasted time that you are undergoing for
    a 20g hard drive, its simply better to backup whatever valuable data you
    have and chuck that drive into the dumpster.
    gman, Nov 6, 2007
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