Okay well I turned on my pc this afternoon and it didn't freeze. I went into safe mode [don't ask me why - I guess I feel more comfortable there during mishaps]. Anyways I was able to pull of 70% of my entire life's work of data from my 120GB secondary [bad problematic drive] to my 80GB primary drive [good little buddy!]. Anyways the reason I haven't copied over 100% of the data from the secondary drive to the primary drive is because I have low space on my 80GB drive. So what I'm doing is:
1. Booting into safe mode with primary and secondary drive attached
2. Copying over all of my precious data from the supposedly ruined/dying secondary drive over to my good primary drive.
3. When my primary drive is just about full of data I turn off the pc and detach the ide ribbon cable and power source from the secondary drive. Than I boot into windows with only my good primary drive attached to my motherboard as the master.
4. Do a quick defragmentation of my drive, start up NERO, and burn off all the data I can to dvd-r discs.
5. Reboot my pc with my secondary problematic drive attached and once again repeat steps 1 to 4 above!
Now just for the record every time I reboot the pc with the secondary drive attached it makes a clicking sound a couple of times or so with about 10 seconds in between each instance before going quiet as it should. It sounds like it's struggling to run or something. Sometimes the pc freezes like I mentioned earlier when I try to boot with the secondary drive attached. But it than makes way after a few tries and let's windows boot with it going strong on it's last breath.
During the copying process [pasting secondary drive contents to my primary drive]. I notice that the secondary drive is really slow to copy over the data. It takes about 3 or 4 times longer to copy over any file. For example a 100mb file would take 4 minutes or so instead of the normal time I remember this drive doing before this happened [which was about 60 seconds for a file like that]. So yes it's really slow when referring to it's speed... Put it this way it takes 60 minutes or so to copy over 4GB. Another thing it does is make the clicking noise I previously mentioned within the drive once or twice periodically while copying over data, and sometimes it just won't make noise at all [But it definitely always makes the noise when I boot up my pc with the bad drive attached].
There were a couple of files that I actually copied over to my primary drive, and than went back to recheck if I had copied them from the secondary drive and they WERE GONE! Nowhere to be seen! But I luckly copied them over before they mysteriously disappeared from the problematic drive.My questions are:
1. How in the [bleep] do I know if the data I'm copying over to my good primary drive isn't corrupt/ruined/damaged/etc?
I mean it looks as if the datas fine when I check it on my good primary drive and view pics, listen to music, etc. But it's so much stuff it would take days for me to open them all up to check if they work. Though I guess the data wouldn't be able to copy over from my bad drive to my good drive unless it were in perfect condition no?
2. & how about the fact that the bad drive is copying the data over soooo slowly... Can that harm my computer components [ie: motherboard], or my good drive while it's passing it's contents over? Or does my primary drive not care about the secondary drives struggling speed as long as it gets from point "a" to point "b"?
- Thank You
Edited by superstar, 24 November 2007 - 03:41 PM.