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    Another bad sector error occured and we rushed her to the Best Buy Emergency Room. But this time, she was dead for sure. The only thing they were able to recover were some old files that I had backed up 6 months ago on the old drive and my music files. It was a Western Digital hard drive and only about 10 months old. What a bust??

    What can cause bad sectors in a brand new hard drive?? Anyone know.

    Anyway, luckily I still had the old drive in as a slave drive so they were able to put the old drive back in place and restore it to it's origninal format. So that was tragedy enough for me to go and buy a new computer. LOL!! I brought another HP with a 40 Gig hard drive and cd burner. But I won't be hooking it up until after I move in about 2 weeks. For now, the old computer will be getting ready for it's initiation as becoming the KIDS COMPUTER. LOL!!

    Well, I have a crap load of software to load back on her so that I can use her for the next 2 weeks. Wish me luck and lots of patience.

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    Sorry to hear Jada, guess you've got more than enough to do without this happening<IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon36.gif> As for why it happens, I wouldn't have a clue as I've never had it happen.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>the old computer will be getting ready for it's initiation as becoming the KIDS COMPUTER<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    That's a very harsh punishment.. chocolate in the keyboard, money in the cd drive.. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

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    So sorry to hear it. What a major pain in the keister that is!

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    Sorry to hear that Jada. It's frustrating as h%ll when you lose a drive and the data on it.

    There are a bunch of things that can make a drive fail - even a new one. They're sensitive to many things. I've seen a lot fail in the first year of operation. There's a few things that can be done to help prevent failures - you've probably already heard most of them: make sure you always shut down your system properly, don't jostle it around and don't move it at all when it is running b/c you can damage the media. If you're in an area prone to power surges, brownouts or failures, make sure you have a UPS. Make sure you've got enough memory (RAM) to prevent excessive thrashing.

    My dad brought me his computer to check out and it looks as though I'll have to give him the same bad news.

    [ 05-27-2002: Message edited by: eaglefire ]

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    Wow - that's great advice Eaglefire. Thanks. I'll keep that all in mind this time around.

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    Jada,

    Sorry to hear about your HD. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] Once a COMPLETE failure of the HD happened to me and I was FURIOUS! I lost HUGE amounts of data which I never recovered.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>What can cause bad sectors in a brand new hard drive??<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Well, other than the things that Eaglefire has already said, I would add just one more... Western Digital!

    I hate that company. The HD that died on me was a Western Digital. :mad: I've used Quantum Fireball for all of my life, but then the devil made me buy a Western Digital. A HUGE mistake. It died on me after a few months. The problem was not in all of those things that Eaglefire said, but it was in a chip on the hard drive (factory fault) that every HD of that model had it. Finally I refused to have the HD replaced because I got so mad that I lost all of that data. I then bought myself a Quantum Fireball again and have no problems since then (1+ year). [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    So my suggestion is that you buy a Quantum Fireball and never have to deal with such problems again. I have one ANCIENT Quantum Fireball of 1GB and one of 2GB that still work perfectly. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] I just can't find a use for them now. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    There are a lot of data recovery apps out there. I got a few, and they saved me and some clients a lot of trouble. Although some recovery apps cannot read from bad sectors, a lot of data can be recovered. For data recovery software, try www.bitmart.net, or dtidata.com. (No affiliations).

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    Don't even talk to me<IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon29.gif>
    http://www.abestweb.com/cgi-bin/ubb/...&f=32&t=000176

    Still recovering from 1,200 corrupted sectors on my main notebook!<IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon29.gif>

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    Haiko - sorry to hear about your loss too. That is what was happening to me with the Scan Disk error then it kept saying start in SafeMode but wouldn't let me. Plus it said the bad sectors error. Hope you can recover your files. I just got done downloading about 40 websites off my ftp account and I'm still not done. =:0 This S*CKS!!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Jada, what type of HD was it? Some brands are having real problems such as the big capacity IBM Deskstars.

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    I just had a Quantum Fireball 3 year old drive (SCSI) get too close to death for comfort. Luckily the other drive in the machine (now learning to cope as being the kids machine :eek: ), was an IBM that the original owner had for some reason used only for storage.

    In the end what really saved my tail was pulling the CD burner out of the new machine and plugging it into the CD-ROM slot of the old one and just burning everything to disk. Whew. Now there is a new 40Gig drive in the old machine, and I think I'll go check what brand!!

    Sorry to hear about eveyone's puter problems, but this is definitely one of those things we all seem to have in common every now and then!

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    It was a Western Digital. :rolleyes: I heard they have problems.

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    Hehe, myself I've never had a western digital fail, but a quantum and a maxtor have both choked on me.

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    I used to be a hardware tech. (I get a headache just thinking about those days). I've seen them all fail - Western Digital, Quantum (there were some bad Quantums floating around for a while), Conner, Maxtor, Seagate. I've actually had more Seagates fail than anything else.

    What I've noticed - anecdotally - is that if a drive (or any part for that matter) makes it through the first few months of use, it will last until you're ready to toss the system. That's probably because early failures are more likely to be a result of defect in design or components used by the manufacturer.

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    WD drives are normally pretty reliable, but it goes in batches.

    We have some 18 month old Compaqs with Fujitsu HDs are we're basically having to replace every single HD because of what must be a design or manufacturing defect. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]

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    Give me a B, Give me an A, give me a C, give me a K, give me a U, give me a P.

    What do you say BACKUP. Everything at least once a week and whenever you do alot of new stuff.

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    After a few months the DATA is always more valuable than the computer. I always recomend daily backups to a second hard drive since they are so cheap. If a computer works fine in the first few weeks then they usually last well over 5 years. #1 cause of failed computers and hard drives is over heating. Buy a larger computer case or extra cooling fan for an existing case since the power supply fans give out every couple of years. TigerDirect has all these and for cooling hard drives you can get a fan assembly that even fits in a open drive bay.

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    RAID (mirroring) gives instant backup.

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    Hard drive failures really stink...

    Take a look at this card on TigerDirect, it will let you have a pair of drives mirrored so if one fails you still have all your data, and are up and running on the other one.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?sku=W451-6400

    Cool little card.

    Frederick is right, backup is critical.

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    WD is the cheapest HD....and it's not as reliable as others......

    I usually have problems w/ it when I haven't turn it on for about a month....it usually crash and doesn't want to boot.....

    Usually....I just let it turn on for 1-2 day.....move it around....shake it a little bit......and it's working fine again.....

    Not sure what happen though...may be there's statics that prevent it from booting ... i guess.....

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