I finally bought a new hard drive for my computer. It’s a Seagate 120GB 7200RPM hard drive, and that replaced the Western Digital 60GB 5400RPM that’s about 5-6 years old. I installed the HD, partitioned it, moved my data onto the larger partition, removed the older HD, then did a clean Windows XP install onto the new one.
The good news is that the new HD seems to be working just fine. I don’t know when things are supposed to be snappier, because I have a 8MB cache instead of 2MB.
The bad news is that after receiving the Bytecc ME-740U2F External Enclosure I was going to use for the older HD, I’ve had two corruptions or something. (I hope it’s not the external enclosure – Alex uses the same one.)
Before the clean install, and the old HD was still in the case, I used Ultimate Boot CD to run Ranish Partition Manager to nuke the old HD and format it into one large partition. So, the first corruption happened maybe 20-30 minutes after Karen’s Replicator copied synchronized all my personal data onto it. I haven’t accessed the drive for awhile, but when I tried to open it in Windows Explorer, and it said the file system was corrupt. (I didn’t get the error message.) In Computer Management, I ran a quick format into NTFS, as opposed to the FAT32 it was formerly in.
So the second corruption was a bit weirder. I let Karen’s Replicator run as I fell asleep. I woke up, and tried to eject my external drive, but it was corrupt again. This time, I did a full format into NTFS, as opposed to a quick format.
As a side note, I saw a firmware update for the Prolific PL-3507 chipset, which is what my drive runs with. But when I tried to update the firmware, it says it couldn’t find or connect to the device. I don’t know.
So now, after it’s been thoroughly formatted, I’ve synchronized my torrent downloads only (about 5GB). I’ve ejected the device, and turned it off and on about three times. After synchronizing everything else, it seems to be okay. I’ve ejected and reconnected it two more times successfully.
Maybe it was the way I’ve formatted it, but I don’t get why it’d corrupt with FAT32, where I did run a full format. Time will tell.
Windows – Delayed Write Failed
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file X:\$BitMap. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.
Any thoughts? I couldn’t access the drive, so I powered it down, then back on. It seems fine right now. Am I not supposed to defrag it?