I/O problems with my hd?

By Skalucard
Dec 14, 2006
  1. I built a new computer, and my 320 gb WesternDigital hd used to work fine... but recently i've been having trouble with it. When I boot up my computer, the hard drive works just fine, but after some time, the hard drive just fails and becomes like unusable. If I have something like downloading to the drive, it displays it as an I/O error, and I get a window prompt stating like "Windows was unable to save all the data for the file F:\$Mft" But.. I don't really understand the error, cause I can still browse through the hd...really..really...slowly. Also, if I reboot my computer, then the hd works fine until it I/O errors again... but the data is fine. Help please? :eek:
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    this could be caused by bad ram. download and run memtest to check out the RAM.
  3. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    check your IDE data cable as well.. and also run a disc diagnostic utility from the WD's website..
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +108

    Sounds like a write error. Everyone thinks it memory when the I/O Error is displayed. Input/Output. I say run Hiern Boot CD Tools if you want to run Memory test. There is one for Windows but it actually runs in NTFS Dos. Very quick and tells you right away if memory is at fault here.

    Still HDD does go bad and DOA is more than it was years ago with new HDD. If you just got this drive take it back if it's new or send it in to WD, they'll check it out for you and if it's bad it will be replace for free.
  5. Skalucard

    Skalucard TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot guys! I'll get right on it. :3
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