I just noticed that my Event Viewer on my Windows box is filled with the following error notifications:
The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.
Everything I know and that I have read about this message tells me that this is a very early sign of a dying drive. That machine has been consistently getting blue-screens lately, and the last 3 days in a row I found it frozen upon coming home. The Event Viewer logs usually trail till 5am on any given day it froze. This is around the time the scheduled virus scans and backup scripts kick in.
Good news is that this box has 2 drives, and the second one is relatively new. Also my data from the system drive is pretty consistently backed up to the secondary data drive. I just moved most of the important stuff over to the second drive, and I’m going to run low level check-disk and then ghost the Windows partition.
Then I will watch it carefully, save everything meaningful on the second drive, and let it run itself into the ground. Hopefully I can get a month or two out of this drive before it dies completely.
Did you ever get that error? Were you able to fix it? How long did it take from when you noticed it till your drive died? Let me know.
[tags]harddisk0\D, bad block, bad drive, hard drive, drive dying, partition, ghost, backup[/tags]