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    Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    I'm on a Dell Vostro 1700. It's on Vista Home Premium which is updated. It came with a Seagate 5400rpm 160gb hard drive.

    Just recently, I tried backing up my ipod using copytrans and found it froze partly through it. So, I tried running a chkdsk on it. It froze. Then I thought, something must be wrong with my computer. I ran AVG for a virus scan, and it freezes halfway through. So, I tried a defrag. It froze halfway through. I tried a full chkdsk on my hard drive. It gets to stage 4 and freezes.

    By freeze, I mean the mouse still works, but the OS has become unresponsive. I tried downloading Seagate Seatools and ran the Long Drive Generic and Self Tests. They failed. I tried the short generic and it passes. I'm still able to use the laptop. I'm posting on it right now. I can go into games and play them, do all sorts of stuff still. It's just this failure on scans or mass copying.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Check the RAM. Google Memtest and get a bootable ISO from them. I'd suggest Memtest+. It is good to make sure the RAM is still in working order as that can cause weird problems, too.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by raz1337 View Post
    I tried downloading Seagate Seatools and ran the Long Drive Generic and Self Tests. They failed.

    Any ideas?
    What errors did the failed test reference?

    I'd do Memtest as well, but do one stick of RAM at a time.
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    This is a laptop. How do I do that?

    Seatools didn't come back with an error, at least from what I saw. All I saw in the log was a "Long Generic - FAIL"

    I'll burn Memtest later tonight and try it. This is just...screwy that I can USE the laptop just fine, but intensive hd activity has issues. I'm wondering if I should try a reformat if the memory test comes back ok.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    If the long test failed, it's probably the HD, but testing the memory is free and eliminates the problem being there. It stands to reason a short test passes and a long test fails, it mimics your problems. You may have bad sectors or un readable sections on the drive. How full is it?
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    it's formatted to 136GB. It has 15/136GB free. Hmm.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    15 GB free out of 136? Almost 90% filled....It's waaaaaaaay too full. No wonder it cannot do large file transfers....there's nowhere for the data to go. Migrate to a bigger HD would be the quickest. 500 GB are under $80 when on sale.

    You used a defragger?
    Uninstall some unused stuff, offload files no longer used to another drive, usb memory, burn to DVD'/CD's, et. Make some room and your problem may disappear!
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Well, when I first started freezing, it had like 85GB free. That was when I was trying to back up my iPod and it froze during the copying process.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    It's time for a new drive then.
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    How do you replace a drive in a laptop?

    Memtest was ran overnight and went fine.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by raz1337 View Post
    How do you replace a drive in a laptop?

    Memtest was ran overnight and went fine.
    If you don't have the hardware to do it, I'd take it to a reputable repair place.
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Could the fact that I leave the laptop on for long periods of time, as in overnight and while I'm in transit somewhere, like in a car, be having this effect? I just never took the time to reboot that often when I realized I could just close the lid and it went into hibernation.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    I doubt it. Have you ever used a program to clean out unecessary files or to defrag the drive?
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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    No. I'm going to try defrag'ing once more today. If it fails, I'm going to look into a new drive. Seems a 500GB drive isn't that expensive.

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    Re: Dell Vostro - Hard Drive failure

    Quote Originally Posted by raz1337 View Post
    No. I'm going to try defrag'ing once more today. If it fails, I'm going to look into a new drive. Seems a 500GB drive isn't that expensive.
    Bingo!
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