Updating theide drive
These are flagged when Windows has difficulty reading files on a drive, and it suggests that you run the Check Disk utility to scan the disk's entire working surface in search of further problem areas.
If any bad sectors are found the data stored in them can then be rescued, as far as possible, and then the sectors are permanently marked as bad so that Windows can work around them.
Make sure the box labelled 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' is ticked.
Since hard drives are comparatively cheap, but the data stored on them is generally far more valuable, I decided to buy a replacement drive.
I hadn't planned to buy new hard drives, but had to respond quickly when I experienced problems with my existing Windows drive.
Twice this month I booted up my PC and encountered 'bad sector' faults.
Did you know that many modern hard drives let you monitor their temperature?
While the PATA models provide about 40Mb/second sustained transfer rates for both read and write, the newer SATA models can manage 56Mb/second, which means that Windows and your applications will load more quickly, and — probably more important for the PC musician — you'll be able to stream more audio tracks and samples if you need them.
Like many others, my Asus P4P800 Deluxe motherboard provides connections for up to four PATA drives, using the familiar ribbon cables, and two SATA drives, and it came bundled with a pair of the thinner SATA cables, so all I needed was the drives themselves.
Even if Windows doesn't routinely report any bad sectors, it's worth periodically running Check Disk to check your drives.
You can do this by right-clicking on them in Explorer, choosing the Properties option, and then clicking Error-checking on the Tools page.