When do you know your hardrive is about to go kaputz?

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Old 08-18-10, 02:08 PM
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When do you know your hardrive is about to go kaputz?

I have a problematic PC that required a long time to get going after login, constantly froze, restarted, etc

I performed a destructive recovery (HP version of wiping the hard drive), which I thought would wipe out any viruses, malware, bugs, etc.

After the recovery the PC pc starts up well, doesn't restart on it's own (no more blue screens), but it still freezes.

I read that this could be a sign that hard drive failure is just around the corner.

The hard drive is only 80 GB and 500 GB hard drives are pretty cheap, but I don't want to buy one if this one is still good.

PC is a HP M7100e Media Center running Win XP Pro about 6 years old.

Are there any tell tale signs that the HD is going kaputz?
 
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Old 08-18-10, 02:58 PM
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Six years old? I'd just buy a new computer at this point rather than replacing a harddrive

If you're backing up data on a regular basis, losing a drive isn't all that traumatic an experience and then you can justify the new box
 
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Old 08-18-10, 03:07 PM
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There is a hdd diagnostic tool in your bios. It takes about 1.5 hours run and should give you some indication of your drives current state.

Use the following steps to run the test:
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If the computer is running, shut it down.
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Press the power button to turn on the computer.
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Press f10 when the HP/Compaq logo displays.
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Use the arrow keys to select the Diagnostic menu.
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Select HDD Self-Test Options , and then press Enter .
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Select the Notebook Hard Drive option, and then press f10 to display an Estimated test time .
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Press f10 to continue. The Hard Drive Self Test executes the SMART test, along with a Quick test and a Comprehensive test.

I just realized that this is for hp notebooks. Not sure if it works with desktops. Sorry for any confusion.
 
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I have seen the diagnostics tool n the bios screen. I will give it a try. Although I doubt this paper weight will make it that long without freezing.

Thanks.
 
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If it doesn't freeze you'll know it's a program or operating system issue and not a mechanical issue because Windows isn't running yet when you're in the BIOS.
 
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