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Is My Hard Drive Going Dead?

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Hello, just earlier I tried to COPY a large amount of MP3's in one folder, and put them into another (approx 1200 megs).

An error pops up saying

Error: Cannot copy file x, cyclic reduncancy check.

What the heck is up with this? Also this is my slave Hard Drive, a 60 GIG Maxtor at 7200RPM. It is only half full, and I have 512 RAM and an AMD Athlon 2100.

The hard drive is less than a year old by the way. So is my precious hard drive dieing, or is there something else that could be wrong? I would really hate to lose all the stuff I have on there...
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The things I would try are:
  • Boot from a known-virus-free boot disk in DOS mode (provided you are running FAT-32 and not NTFS), and type the following command at the DOS prompt and press enter.
    Scandisk c: /autofix /nosave /nosummary /surface
    If the process will run and finds bad blocks, run it again and see if it finds more bad blocks on the second pass. Provided your boot disk is virus free, and it finds bad blocks on the second pass, your disk is probably bad. If it runs to completion without finding bad blocks, your hard disk is probably okay. If scandisk will not run to completion and aborts or hangs, either your hard disk is bad or the partition table is corrupt.
  • Next, I would do an antivirus scan, also from DOS mode.
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Thankyou much for the helpful replies, however my slave drive is NTFS. Is there another way I can scan it? I will also run a virus check very shortly.
From a long time ago I seem to remember some issues when moving large amounts of data in a single operation (can't remember the details). Have you tried moving single (or smaller) files ? I rather doubt the problem is with the drive itself (though it could be). Also, can you read the files (play the music) where they are located now ?

A cyclic-redundancy check is probably generated on the "write" side of the move rather than the "read" side. It is most likely a way of "verifying" that the data was stored correctly after the "write" operation completed.
Yes, I can play the file, with no trouble at all. And yes, when I move the file ALONE, it still gives me a CYC error.

I'm checking for bad sectors with Chkdsk as we speak, so I'll let you know of the results after I run it a second time.
When chkdisk finishes you might do a defrag of that drive. That would almost surely change the location of the next available free-space on the drive. Then you can try the move again, this time the actual disk destination-address should be different. Also, defrag itself may attempt to write to the "available" area where the current move operation is failing - that would simply be another test of the disk - but you can't really be sure the same area would be written to.

Also, just for another test, try moving the mp3 to a new/test folder on the same drive where it is now. And, try moving other files (not huge, not mp3 format) to your slave drive and see if those moves fail.
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