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The options are to replace or repair. How to do that conveniently is the big question.
I have a desktop PC with Vista Ultimate OS original licensed version that I use for personal use. The problem is that the PC shows the hard disk is going to crash. I've formatted it almost three times, but soon the PC shows an error sign and finally ends up with something like, "Please insert Windows reinstall/repair bootable CD provided by the manufacturer" and "Some of your Windows files are corrupted and need reinstalling. The hard disk is about to crash. Please immediately backup the data." After inserting the disc, it just keeps on the blank screen for some time and restarts with the same instructions on the screen. Finally, I reformatted the entire hard drive, which after one to two days, shows the above screen again. I've got a Seagate, 1TB, SADTA drive and it's under warranty. They say it will take one month to fix. What's your suggestion on the above problem?
In this excerpt from Answercast #44, I look at a hard drive that is giving failure warnings. Those warnings are probably accurate.
Well, unfortunately, I really do believe the problem is you've got a failing hard drive.
Everything points to:
The hard drive telling the operating system that it's failing;
The operating system telling you that the hard drive is failing;
And as a result, everything that you've done to it isn't going to fix it:
Reformatting clearly didn't fix it.
Reinstalling clearly didn't fix it.
Now, there's two directions you can go.
Given that the hard drive is under warranty – well, that's kind of convenient. I mean you can get the hard drive replaced or repaired, but you're without it for a month. So, the only way for that to be a practical solution is for you to buy a replacement hard drive, send the original off for warranty repair, and when it comes back, you'll have two.
Another approach that you might consider (it could potentially be cheaper – I'm not sure) is to go out and get a copy of SpinRite.
SpinRite, I believe, runs about $95 and it is possible (not guaranteed), but it is possible that running SpinRite on that drive will fix the errors that the operating system and the format were unable to fix.
If it doesn't, the folks at SpinRite are really good about refunding your money. In other words, if SpinRite doesn't solve whatever problem it is you're attempting to look at, they will in fact refund your money so you're actually not out anything if it doesn't work.
Those would be the two things I would try.
In my case, since I have a copy of SpinRite lying around, it is the first thing I would go to; I would run SpinRite right away and see if it can do something.
What's neat about SpinRite is that if you've got an installed system on the drive, it's very possible that SpinRite could fix the problems on the drive without actually requiring that you reformat or reinstall anything. It's possible – not always, but it's typically what happens.
Like I said, if you don't want SpinRite, then I really think your options are down to getting yourself another drive, replacing the drive you have – hopefully either restoring from a backup (or since you've reinstalled Windows from scratch recently, that may be the way to go here), and then sending that drive in for warranty repair.
When it comes back, you'll have a spare drive, or a second drive.
Next from Answercast #44 – Can I restore a smaller drive to a larger replacement?
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