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    Super Moderator: GMT Zone nihil's Avatar
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    Heh!

    OK, nihil, you can bash me now for reco'ing chkdsk.
    I have nothing against chkdsk. I am just cautious as to when I use it rather than a manufacturer's diagnostic toolset.

    Basically, chkdsk is intended to fix Windows file problems. If you suspect that you have a physical hardware problem then chkdsk can do more harm than good and won't provide a long term solution.

    In fact I have just run it on this machine....................but I didn't believe that anything I or my hardware did took out half the town's power supply for twenty minutes
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    Actually, I've taken your critique of chkdsk to heart after noting that
    some drives I wasn't fixing by running it seemed to make things worse.
    I've been using SpinRite more frequently now, though it typically takes
    longer. I have noted mfg'ers diags are not entirely reliable (but neither
    is something like SpinRite).

    My first line of action on any bad drive is to boot a Live CD (linux) with
    a usb drive of varying sizes to recover/backup existing data. Sometimes
    it's ironic how users react to a computer gone bad: first they think they're
    out a PC, then they think about data.

    Having said all that, half the time I see rolling reboots, chkdsk marks
    those bad sectors and the thing works. For how long is another question.
    Most hardware is just junk so if chkdsk doesn't fix it, you're only out the
    data.
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    Hi brokencrow,

    There really isn't any hard and fast rule is there? What I do is pretty much a judgment call based on experience and things like noises, smells, lags etc.

    Incidentally, there is a new release of memtest 86 (February 2009) which I think is the first in almost 2 years?

    http://www.memtest86.com/download.html

    Whilst you are at it you might have a look at this newer version called Memtest 86+ ("Advanced Memtest")

    http://www.memtest.org/

    There is even an M$ tool:

    http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

    I just thought I would mention it as I frequently find that HDD and RAM problems are pretty interchangeable as culprits
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    Quote Originally Posted by nihil View Post
    There really isn't any hard and fast rule is there? What I do is pretty much a judgment call based on experience and things like noises, smells, lags etc.
    Touchē. Thanks for the heads up on the new tools.
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