Half the files corrupt......

By D.H. Cesare ·
Using WinXP Pro w/updates

My "B" machine has a WD 80GB primary drive and a WD 40GB slave drive I use for storage only.

A couple weeks ago I discovered that about 1/2 the files on the slave drive didn't work. True for all types of files; DOC, JPG, GIF, RTF, MIDI, etc. I can go to any folder or sub-folder and about half the files are no good.

How can half the files in any given folder be good, while the other half are corrupt and unrecoverable?

Lost a lot of pictures, but still, some of the pictures are just file.

Never heard nor read of anything like this. Does anyone have any idea what might have happened? If I had some idea of what happened, I could take steps to prevent it from happening again.

Thank you.

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bad HDD

by w2ktechman In reply to Half the files corrupt... ...

it may not be gone, but it may be going. If those were files you have not looked at in a while, it may have been slow corruption.

Also, it may be a virus.

Other thoughts, has anyone put magnets on the comp case? or strong magnets nearby???

Have you had recent brownouts or sudden power failures?

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Not a virus, I think

by D.H. Cesare In reply to bad HDD

I ran 2 seperate virus scans and came up clean. Can't have power failure because I have a GOOD auxilary backup on all my equipment.

No magnets, but a friend who retails computer stuff, builds and repaires computers and teaches computer mechanics, says that magnets won't bother a computer.
Just take an old HDD apart and you'll find a fairly powerful magnet inside.

I agree that it's probably the HDD, so I've recovered everything I can, transferred the rest to an external drive, formatted the "bad" drive and am going to remove/replace it.

Thank you.

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actually magnets DO cause problems

by w2ktechman In reply to Not a virus, I think

even though there are powerful magnets inside. 1 way to wipe a drive is by using a powerful magnet. But usually, no harm comes from the small ones.
However, I knew someone once that would use old HDD magnets outside of their case for notes, and often he lost his system. After we removed the magnets, the problem(s) went away.

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Makes sense to me.

by D.H. Cesare In reply to actually magnets DO cause ...

I'll pass your comment along to my friend.
He built my last computer for me and was using a magnetic screwdriver; that's how the subject came up.


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