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Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances > BIG HARD DRIVE CORRUPTION

BIG HARD DRIVE CORRUPTION

The Annoyance:

Ever since I upgraded my PC with a 160 GB hard drive, system hibernation stopped working correctly. Sometimes, instead of resuming from hibernation, the PC restarts! I've run ScanDisk and defragged the drive, but the problem persists. What gives?

The Fix:

Somebody once said you can never have too much RAM or too big a hard drive. Somebody was wrong. Well, you're in deep doo-doo if you've got a big drive on a system using an early version of Windows XP-even with Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed. Older versions of XP can't perform certain system level functions (addressing and flushing caches, for example) with big drives, and that can lead to corrupted data. Solution #1: upgrade to Service Pack 2. (Just run Windows Update to snag this monster.) Solution #2: grab the dedicated fix from Microsoft at http://snipurl.com/atapi1. If you want to learn more, check out Microsoft's Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 331958 at http://snipurl.com/atapi2.


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