"Windows detected a hard disk problem"

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by RonOot, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. RonOot macrumors newbie

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    Just got my mac pro today. I immediately put in a 320 GB Seagate 7200.10 that I just bought from NewEgg, and installed Vista on it. I noticed right away that the drive is pretty loud, but googling around shows that it generally is considered a loud drive. My problem is that after installing some games and playing for a few hours, Vista just popped up "Windows detected a hard disk problem", back up now or you might lose everything, etc...

    My question is, is this drive bad? Or did something go wrong with bootcamp and maybe its just a bad sector or something. Of course from my description there is no way anyone can answer that, but someone can at least point me in the right direction so I can find the answer. Unfortunately the error message leaves alot to be desired, so what good utilities are there in Vista that can tell me the health of a SATA drive?
     
  2. RonOot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just booted into OS X again and Disk Utility shows the S.M.A.R.T. status as failing... so I'm pretty sure this drive is hosed. :(

    Unfortunately I had already activated Windows. I am still able to boot off the drive and read/write data. Is there a (free) way to move an entire drive over to another, so that I won't have to re-activate Windows? And if so, will that still work with boot camp? How sympathetic is Microsoft to allowing you to reactivate a copy of windows that was installed a drive that failed within the first day?
     
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Not sure about the activating issues,but winclone will clone your bootcamp patition

    http://www.twocanoes.com/winclone/
     

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