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Using your HDD in combination with SSD

By Jeanvion
Jun 28, 2014
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  1. Hi all,

    So I recently purchased myself an SSD (120GB Kingston) on which I installed windows 7. I formated my HD I had (2.10TB WD) and I wanted to use this disk to install all my data and programs on. Anyhow every time I start up my desktop my HD drive gets scanned before windows start... When I try to install programs it gives me a hard time, errors, crashes, even opening files.

    I tried formatting it again, disk management tells me the disk is healthy, ran chkdsk... Anyone?
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2014
  2. Dropdead

    Dropdead TS Rookie

  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,476   +624

    Just install productivity (browsers, Adobe, Office, etc) stuff on the SSD, 120GB is plenty. Install games and have your media on the 2TB.

    What I do:
    • Have SSD as C:, slow hard drive as E: for example.
    • I created Program Files, Program Files (x86) folders on the 2TB drive.
    • When installing programs, I can quickly choose where to install to. SSD - leave install path as C:\Program Files\blahblah. If it's a game or something, I just change the single letter C to E and it's done.
    • I changed the location of my Video/Music/etc Libraries to folders I created on hard drive.
     
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  4. Jeanvion

    Jeanvion TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    I did do that all, even followed that tutorials guys...

    As I stated the problem is that the HDD is now failing and I don't know why!
     
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,476   +624

    Run a couple more chkdsks. It may be failing but hard to detect.
     
  6. Frozwire

    Frozwire TS Member Posts: 63

    You might need to run the HDD manufacturer provided diagnostic tool (e.g. WD Lifeguard or Seatools) to diagnose and check the integrity and health status of the drive.
     
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  7. Jeanvion

    Jeanvion TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thank you for the tip Frozwire, I did a quick scan which showed no result with WD lifeguard. Started the full scan before leaving to work so I'll see tonight if that process found something. I do find it strange though that there is no smart status available next to my HD.
     
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,476   +624

    You need SMART monitoring enabled on motherboard (sometimes disabled by default) and AHCI HDD mode I believe.
     
  9. Jeanvion

    Jeanvion TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Well I scanned the device twice with WD lifeguard, the report said the test was okay. So I'm just going to wait if the problem is still there.

    @St1ckM4n My other drives do show the smart status though!
     
  10. Jeanvion

    Jeanvion TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Hey guys, still I get corrupted files, can't install programs, download files to the drive... What other options do I have? I did a full scan 2 times now with WD lifeguard!
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,657   +323

    I would submit an RMA request. I've done it before with drives that passed SeaTools but I knew were failing. There should be a process to do that with WD even if it doesn't fail Lifeguard tests, simply based on what you are seeing. I would try to do it online, but if there isn't a way to do an RMA without an error code for WD I would then call them up and get the process started. What you are seeing is not acceptable and they should replace the drive.
     
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  12. Frozwire

    Frozwire TS Member Posts: 63

    Have you tried replacing the SATA cables or swapping SATA ports? or also you may try to use HDDscan or MHDD to do a low level diagnostics of your hard drive otherwise what SNGX1275 has suggested would fit.
     
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  13. Jeanvion

    Jeanvion TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 35

    Thank you for the suggestions guys, I will do so!
     


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