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Thread: Corrupting Files on 'Healthy' Hard Drive and RAM - What Could it Be?




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    Question Corrupting Files on 'Healthy' Hard Drive and RAM - What Could it Be?

    I have 2 PCs which have been built with very similar hardware both running XP.

    Specs:

    * AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz Socket AM2 1MB L2 (2x512KB)
    * Kingston 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 Memory Non-ecc CL5
    * Seagate ST3250410AS 250GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache
    * Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4 Socket AM2 Nvidia MCP55P PCI-E 8 Channel audio ATX Motherboard
    * Innovision Geforce 7300LE 256MB DDR2 PCI-E Graphics Card
    * Second Slave Hard Drive
    * A DVD RW Drive and CDRW Drive

    One PC has an old 450 Watt Power Supply
    The other has a brand new 650W power supply:
    Extra Value 650W Modular 12cm Fan PSU - 20+4pin 4/8pin ATX12V, PCI-E, 3x SATA - Ebuyer


    Problem:

    After working fine for a couple of months files started to randomly corrupt until one PC failed. The other PC followed a few weeks later with random files corrupting until the PC becomes unusable.

    After reinstalling XP the same thing happens, and seems to be happening in a shorter and shorter time frame, from lasting a day, to now a matter of hours on the 4th reinstall.


    I ran SeaTools both Short Test and Long Test but it said the drive passed.

    I also Zero Filled the entire hard drive before doing a fresh reinstall but the problem still persisted with files quickly corrupting until XP wouldn't load. Also Zero filled with KillDisk and that went fine too.

    It was not just XP files that corrupted but any random file on the hard drive was corrupting (but not on other slave hard drives or USB Drives).

    I also suspected RAM so ran MemTest86+ overnight and it passed 21 tests.

    So to sum up:

    - Files Corrupting After fresh Installs
    - RAM passed MemTest overnight Diagnostics

    - Passed SeaTools long test and was Zero filled

    What could this be? Someone told me to disable AHCI in the Bios as SeaGate drives dont support "native command queue" - however I can't find that option.

    Any other ideas? Is the power supply enough?

    Any help appreciated :)

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    Default Re: Corrupting Files on 'Healthy' Hard Drive and RAM - What Could it Be?

    Be sure to run all diagnostics checks. Does the HD make any noise?

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    Default Re: Corrupting Files on 'Healthy' Hard Drive and RAM - What Could it Be?

    yes the hard drive makes a noise - I ran all the dianostic tests in SeaTools and it passed all of them.

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