Some time ago I started experiencing bad sectors on one of the drives. I repaired it using Seatools and CHKDSK and everything was ok.
Recently I experienced problems with both drives, although only one was really bad.
After running the utilities and CHKDSK I still heard some click/beeping noises from at least one of the drives so decided to zero fill (low level format) both drives as I read in a number of places that this would overwrite bad sectors.
Everything was fine for ab out 2 weeks, but my C drive crashed badly yesterday and refused to boot XP. Last night it slowly degenerated from there and started blue screening with unmountable boot volume and other disk related errors. I have little doubt that the drive is unrecoverable and am trying to work out whether it is under warranty - but that is another issue (or is it).
Even chkdsk and seatools couldn't finish their tests the disk appears to be so damaged.
Seatools, on my initial tests, showed that the 2nd newer drive was fine. Some of more recent tests however say that it also has errors, although how bad they are I can't tell.
I am now getting concerned that it is not the drives and that some other part of my system is causing bad sectors and failures on my HDDs. I read one tech site that said power supplies or faulty motherboards could cause HDD errors. I have only read this once so am not sure if this is in fact true.
I have a 350W power supply driving the 2 drives, my graphics card and a DVD burner.
I am going to buy another new drive today but am obviously concerned about whether it is a wider system problem and not a problem with the disks.
Anyone have any thoughts on this issue or advice?
Edited by out, 24 July 2005 - 04:04 PM.