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I believe one of our older G4s has been showing signs of an imminent hard drive crash. However, before purchasing a new HD etc., I would like to rule out other causes. The problem has occurred at least 3 times in the last 3 weeks, and once about a 6 weeks ago. Quite simply, when the user arrives at work in the morning, her computer is on, but unresponsive. She forces a restart (using the small button on the front of the G4), but cannot get past the flashing question mark/happy Mac icon. Disk Warrior and Norton's both easily resurrect ...

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    Default possible hard drive failure?

    I believe one of our older G4s has been showing signs of an imminent
    hard drive crash. However, before purchasing a new HD etc., I would
    like to rule out other causes.

    The problem has occurred at least 3 times in the last 3 weeks, and
    once about a 6 weeks ago. Quite simply, when the user arrives at work
    in the morning, her computer is on, but unresponsive. She forces a
    restart (using the small button on the front of the G4), but cannot
    get past the flashing question mark/happy Mac icon.

    Disk Warrior and Norton's both easily resurrect the drive. However, I
    have up until now been negligent about recording the errors. I seem
    to remember trouble with the directory structure or boot sector.

    For those of you who know, is this an early stage of hard drive
    failure, or could it be software that causes the system to crash? I
    plan on doing a few tests today, but if it sounds like hardware
    failure, then I won't even bother.

    Thanks,
    joseph
    Joseph Guest

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    Default Re: possible hard drive failure?

    In article <google.com>,
    com (Joseph O'Brien) wrote:
     
    It could be corrupted data on the HD, not a bad HD. You can test it
    forever, troubleshoot, etc...IMHO the best bet is to backup important
    files, re-format the HD, ad install everything from scratch. This may be
    overkill, but if the HD is good, and you just have corrupted data, this
    will fix the problem. I often find this is necessary after trying easier
    fixes anyway, and it usually saves time in the long run. It's also a
    (fairly) quick way to see if the problem re-occurs, an indication that
    you need a new HD.



    Jeff K
    Jeff Guest

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    Default Re: possible hard drive failure?

    In article
    <east.earthlink.net>,
    Jeff Kelleher <com> wrote:
     

    if there's any critical data on it, back it up right away! which you
    probably have already.
    sam Guest

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