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Windows Explorer Crashing While Browsing Folders On A Hard Disk Partition

#1 User is offline   Stevey 

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:38 PM

when I'm browsing folders on my xp machine, when i open the partition 'D' on my traditional hard disk, it crashes and shows 'send/dont send' error window...why?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:33 AM

Back up your HDD now!

I strongly suspect you may be seeing the beginning of a general HDD failure. Run the HDD scan utilities that pertain to your model HDD. If ANY sort of errors appear, replace the HDD. If your HDD is indeed 8 years old as your signature suggests, then I would just change it anyway.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:27 AM

Well my sig's partially a joke though but this one is really a 8 years old model from WD, I never thought it was gonna fail at some point...but why would only one partition show error? Can't this be related to defragmentation? Cause I've never done that...
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

umm...yeah the thing that crashes is windows explorer!
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

View PostStevey, on 31 December 2012 - 07:28 AM, said:

umm...yeah the thing that crashes is windows explorer!


Yes, but if Windows Explorer crashes every time you visit a particular partition, the problem is clearly with that partition.

Now, a bad partition doesn't necessarily mean a bad drive, but the age of your HDD suggests that possibility. (These drives are mechanical, and they wear out.)

So I think that Elfbane's suggestions are good ones: Backup, then run a diagnostic.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

View PostLincolnSpector, on 31 December 2012 - 10:17 AM, said:

View PostStevey, on 31 December 2012 - 07:28 AM, said:

umm...yeah the thing that crashes is windows explorer!


Yes, but if Windows Explorer crashes every time you visit a particular partition, the problem is clearly with that partition.

Now, a bad partition doesn't necessarily mean a bad drive, but the age of your HDD suggests that possibility. (These drives are mechanical, and they wear out.)

So I think that Elfbane's suggestions are good ones: Backup, then run a diagnostic.

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Hey lincoln...Can you suggest me any good diagnostic program...
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:42 PM

Seatools is a good one.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:01 PM

Will seatools work on western digital hard disks?
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:58 PM

Even though it's a Seagate tool, the brand of the hard drive really doesn't matter. (If you get a temperature warning, since you're not using a Seagate hard drive, ignore it. It's just reading the sensors wrong.)
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Okay... If I'm gonna make a back up, whats the best and the fastest way to make a back up that can easily be transfered to another pc? If I use 4gb dvds to back up 80gbs, it will be quite a long process I guess...

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

Transferring your stuff to another machine over the network is the easiest option if you want your stuff on another PC. (just share a folder on machine B, then go over to machine A and copy all your stuff into that folder) You can also use an external hard drive if you have one. (this is a good idea for backups in general BTW - I do this on a weekly basis)
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