I have some symptoms that suggest to me that one of my hard drives is in its death throes. I want to know what you guys think, and whether there's something I can look at. (SMART data says both drives think they're healthy.) I have two hard drives: a 500 GB Hitachi from Aug 2007 and a 2 TB Western Digital green from Aug 2010. The Hitachi contains the OS, but I think that Grub may live on the other. Normally grub comes up for a couple seconds during boot to give me the option of starting I think Fedora, then Grub gives way to the Windows loader, which gives me the option of starting a Wubi-installed Ubuntu (so sitting on an NTFS partition).
Here's what happened this morning:
- My computer would occasionally pause for 2 or 3 minutes (most programs -- but not all -- unresponsive; Win7) with the hard drive light on solid. After doing this for a couple minutes it would come back to life for a bit.
- On the third or fourth time it did this, I left for about 5 minutes; when I returned, it had BSOD'd with a stop error 0xF4. (That's all the information I kept, unfortunately.)
- I hit the reset button, later actually turning it off and back on, and it basically wouldn't come back up. The system seemed to go through POST okay, but neither Grub nor the Windows loader came up, it just sat there.
- I unplugged a random drive which happened to be the Western Digital, and then it started back up and booted fine.
- I then replugged in the Western Digital, and booted again. Unfortunately I didn't try going to Windows, just Ubuntu, and that's where I looked at the SMART data.
So... any thoughts? It doesn't sound like a Windows problem to be because of the booting thing. But unfortunately, my diagnostic attempts didn't help much with "which drive is it", though if I had to guess I'd of course guess it's the Hitachi. I'm thinking of rushing an SSD from Newegg so fast replies are appreciated.