reply to neonhomer
Re: [hard drive] Cloned drive... now hanging issues Just a follow-up. I run scandisk on the drive occasionally, and I am getting lost file recoveries, and files that are not reporting size right. Chkdsk fixes them, but then it seems more pop up later.
I was discussing with one of our main IT guys (I am an IT guy in the company, but I'm not as senior as others), and was asking him if it was possible that Dell sent me a bad drive. He said it was possible that could have happened. I am going to run the Dell drive diagnostic on the system and see what it comes up with.
If it fails the drive, then I am just going to go buy a new, larger, faster drive and install it (I'm thinking a 500 or larger, 7200rpm), and then get Dell to swap me for ANOTHER drive.
Yet, I don't think the drive is bad. I think the data on the drive is bad. I'm thinking about removing all the info I can from the drive, then defrag, then put the data back. Maybe that make stuff read right.
If not, then it is having to slick and reinstall the system. What sucks is I have a 64 bit processor, and can only run a 32bit OS because of the limitations of the software I have to run. It's one of the reasons why I just transferred the XP install (besides the licensing). To me, putting 7 on my system is a waste.
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The data is likely not the problem, if the file system is corrupt the OS is likely corrupt. You work in IT yet you cloned an OS from a failed/failing drive onto a new drive? That never works.
You need to format the drive and install Windows XP over again to resolve your issues. If you want to make sure the drive is OK then zero the drive first and then check the SMART data for remaps.