08-08-2012 04:12 PM
I'm having some hard drive troubles, and I am at a loss as to what to try next.
I have two hard drives in my computer:
1 TB Seagate ST31000340AS (about 3 years old)
2 TB Seagate ST2000DM001 (brand new - replaced a dead boot drive)
I am running Windows Vista Ultimate (32 bit)
My computer MOSTLY seems to be running fine after installing the new hard drive (and windows reinstall), but with a couple of problems that make me fear that the hard drive has problems.
1. When I try to copy files over from the 1 TB drive to the new 2 TB drive, if I copy more than a couple of (small) files at a time, it just kind of hangs, doing nothing. If I hit cancel it will eventually close the copy window. When I tried to copy an entire large directory at once, it copied part of it and then just hung, and eventually my computer froze up for awhile, then my computer kind of "chirped" and then it started working again.
2. I am running uTorrent (downloading legal files only of course!), and about half of the torrents that I try to download gives me an error that "the request could not be performed because of an I/O device error".
I have run the Seagate tools (for DOS) on both drives, and both the short and long tests come up clean. I have tried to run chkdsk on the 2 TB drive, and it gets to 99% complete on step 4 of 5 and just hangs there for hours (before I gave up and rebooted the computer).
One last piece of background info that is probably relevant. When I first tried to install the 2 TB hard drive, Windows install kept giving me an error that it couldn't write to it (I wish I still had the error message it gave me), and when I tried to format it, it also said it couldn't format it. After googling the error message, I followed the instructions that stepped me through getting to the command prompt (still from the windows install/recovery CD) and using DISKPART to format it. The format took MANY hours and got to 99% before it froze and didn't go any further.
At that point I ALMOST took the drive back, but decided to follow one last suggestion, which was to plug it in to another computer and try formatting it there. I plugged it in to another computer (running Windows 7), and that computer did a quick format on it with no problem. I tried copying a couple of files over to it with no problem, and ran chkdsk on it, which also came back with no problems. I assumed at that point that the drive was good to go. Now I'm starting to wonder.
So... I guess the question is.. .where do I go from here? I am at a loss as to what to check next. I don't think there is anything physically wrong with it, but I don't know how to fix the problems (or even what else could be causing them).