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By kevin.kaluwa ·
My PC occassionly switches to that blue screen and displays the following error " cannot write to c:" and the system hangs and I am forced to reboot. I suspect my network card, but I don't think that's the problem. I also added more RAM to take from64MB to 128MB, still to no avail. Could it be that my hard disk damaged? I also reinstalled my Win95 and still no change.
It does this weather you are working in any application or while nothing is running at all. Can you help.

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by Raffi_ In reply to Hard Disk failure

Yes your HDD could be damaged or in the process of failing. Your HDD controller could also be faulty. How long has this been going on? One would expect a HDD to fail rather quickly after it starts showing symptoms (If it is the hardware)

How big is the drive and is there any free space? If the drive is near full you may also get this error.

1. Make more room on the drive by deleting some files no longer required.
2. Run a FULL scandisk on the drive.

My opinion is that is better to be safe than sorry. I would consider the HDD suspect until proven otherwise and would take care not to store valuable info on it. New HDD can be had for a relative small sum these days. Replace the drive.

Regards
Raffi_

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by kevin.kaluwa In reply to Hard Disk failure

Thanks Raffi_, That's what I suspected all along, It is a 10Gig HDD, with half the space free, so it cannot be a space issue. And has been doing this for a few months now. I guess I might have replace my HDD!

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by Diamond Dan In reply to Hard Disk failure

Hi kkaluwa,
My suspicion is that your hard drive is on the verge of dying. Sometimes a hard drive will exhibit "in and out" performance problems before it dies totally. Hard drives are funny animals sometimes, and you can't exactly "pop the hood and take a look inside".

I would strongly recommend backing up your data onto another drive and do not put any sensitive information on your *questionable* hard drive. Once that is done, you can spend some time investigating the drive in question onanother machine, or another drive in your machine. This will help to corner the problem, whether it is local to your system or to the drive itself. But make sure that you back up your data before you start moving and handling the drive, as this could speed up its death.

Hope this helped. :)

-Dan

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by kevin.kaluwa In reply to Hard Disk failure

Dan, thanks. And like I said to Faffi_ I will replace the HDD. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

Cheers

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